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    September 9, 2018 11:30 PM PDT

    When FBS recruiters visited Las Vegas to evaluate tailback Donnel Pumphrey in 2012, they told then-Canyon Springs High School coach Hunkie Cooper the same things. Cheap Air Max Discount .Hes a really good football player, they would say. But hes too small, and hell never hold up.But Cooper, who is now in his second season as San Diego States receivers coach, believed he knew what a good football player looked like, regardless of his size. At 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds, Cooper played 13 seasons in the Arena Football League and was voted one of the leagues greatest players.Cooper also coached former Oklahoma star DeMarco Murray as an assistant coach at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, and he believed Pumphrey, despite his 5-foot-9, 175-pound frame, was even better than Murray.But after several coaches from the Big 12 and Pac-12 declined to offer Pumphrey a scholarship, Cooper called San Diego State offensive coordinator/running backs coach Jeff Horton, who was one of his position coaches at UNLV in 1989-90.Coach Horton is like a father figure to me, Cooper said. I told him Pump was one of the best players Id ever coached and he had an upside. Coach Horton agreed to take him, and the rest is history.On Saturday, Pumphrey will try to make history by becoming the all-time leading rusher in the FBS. He needs 108 yards against Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl presented by Geico (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC) to break former Wisconsin star Ron Daynes FBS career record of 6,397 yards.It would mean a lot to break the record because of all the work my team put in, Pumphrey said. It would mean a lot to have my name at the top. Its a great honor.Heisman Trophy winners Archie Griffin, Herschel Walker, Charles White, Tony Dorsett and Ricky Williams were among the legendary players Pumphrey passed this season on the FBS rushing list.I think it hit when I passed Tony Dorsett, Pumphrey said. Thats a legend right there. I never thought Id be in the same position with those guys.Dayne, the 1999 Heisman Trophy winner, actually rushed for 7,125 yards on 1,220 carries in 47 games with the Badgers from 1996 to 1999, but the NCAA didnt begin including statistics from postseason games in its official records until 2002. Dayne ran for a whopping 728 yards combined in four bowl games.Entering Saturdays game against the Cougars, Pumphrey has gained 6,290 yards on 1,040 carries in 53 games. Dayne averaged 5.8 yards per carry during his four-year college career; Pumphrey has averaged 6.0.In fact, Pumphrey would actually rank No. 3 in career rushing if postseason statistics were included for all players. He needs 237 yards against Houston to move past Dorsett for the No. 2 spot behind Dayne; Dorsett gained 6,526 yards at Pitt from 1973 to 1976, including bowl games.Did I know hed be in the top two to ever play in the FBS? Cooper asked. No. Earl Campbell, Eric Dickerson and Tony Dorsett, those are my guys. When I heard those names roll off the list, I knew Pump was special. Hes the real deal.Its not like Pumphrey has anything left to prove. He is the only player in FBS history to have 5,000 yards rushing and 1,000 receiving in his career, and hes first among active players with 7,374 all-purpose yards, 61 rushing touchdowns and 33 100-yard games.What was even more impressive the past four seasons was Pumphreys durability, especially considering his smallish size. He had at least 275 carries in each of the past three seasons and seemed to get better late in the game.I try to make guys miss as much as possible, Pumphrey said. When its time to go down, its time to go down. I dont try to drag guys too far. My offensive line has done a great job, and Ive had some really good fullbacks.This season, Pumphrey averaged 5.4 yards per carry in the first quarter and 7.7 in the fourth. He averaged 5.2 yards on first down and 8.9 on third.Thats the way hes trained, Cooper said. Its his football IQ. He might run a zone play in the first quarter and then run it in the second quarter the other way, because he saw something others would never see. Guys arent going to hit him flush. His film study, his vision and his natural ability arent going to allow guys to hit him square.Colorado State coach Mike Bobo, whose Rams held Pumphrey to a season-low 53 yards on 18 carries in a 63-31 win over the Aztecs on Nov. 26, said hes among the best runners he has seen. Bobo coached Los Angeles Rams tailback Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb as Georgias offensive coordinator.He can run inside and out, Bobo said. He can catch the ball out of the backfield. Hes physical and can break one outside and take it to the house. Hes not very big, but they run power-O with him. Hes an I-formation back and gets 30 carries a game. I think hes a competitor, and he loves ball. He runs like it.Breaking Daynes record in his hometown, with much of his family and many of his friends watching, would be a fitting end to Pumphreys college career.It would mean a lot for him, Cooper said. A lot of people knew this kid had talent in Pop Warner leagues and high school. It would be great for him to do it in front of a lot of people who have been instrumental in his life, especially his mother and his daughter. Discount Air Max Shoes . After a lengthy wait, persistent rain finally forced the postponement of the Nationals game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday night. The teams, and a few thousand fans, waited nearly four hours from the 7:05 scheduled start time before an announcement was made shortly before 11 p. Discount Air Max Shoes Wholesale . Robredo, ranked No. 16, bounced back from an upset loss to Leonardo Mayer in the second round of the Royal Guard Open in Chile last week to down Carreno Busta in 1 hour, 25 minutes. On a day filled mostly with qualifying matches, fifth-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain also entered the second with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, while Guido Pella of Argentina defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 7-6 (6), 6-4 to advance. ;. After slipping from the summit during the week, the Gunners overcame struggling Crystal Palace 2-0 on Sunday thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlains second-half brace.Jos Buttlers batting, stopping AB de Villiers, and Adil Rashids return... Nick Knight gives his keys to success in Englands ODI series in South Africa. Look to the left-armersWe dont know for sure if theyre going to play, but England have the two left-armers in Reece Topley and David Willey. Their limited time in the team so far has gone well, and are both very skillful bowlers, although in perhaps slightly different ways I hope Willey gets the new ball if he does play, he has shown previously he can swing it and pick up early wickets, and they will be absolutely crucial on what I think will be pretty flat pitches. Hes a fantastic competitor, and even if he is hit for boundaries, he marches back to his mark and is up for the next delivery. He has been an excellent addition to the team. David Willey had a succesful spell with the Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash over the winter Topley is a very skillful bowler and although he perhaps doesnt quite have the swing - although he proved he could in the series win over Pakistan in the UAE - he mixes his pace well and often picks the right ball to bowl at any given time. He has a great deal of potential, and so it is worth investing time in playing him in a series like this, particularly with the World T20 only a month away. Id imagine hed be a strong candidate for inclusion in that squad.Stifle South Africa starsAB de Villiers is the number one player in the world in the ODI rankings, and by some margin. He will be the focus of many discussions by Englands bowlers, theories and thoughts about how to best go about bowling at him. He failed to score many, or any, runs towards the end of the Test series, but he has had a little break, and knows how successful he has been in one-day cricket, and knows he has the game to suit the one-day format. He is fearless. He will switch very quickly to the white-ball game, and will unquestionably be a huge threat. James Anderson traps AB de Villiers lbw for his third successive duck in the Test series Hashim Amla too has a crucial role. While the fireworks in the middle of the innings can be provided by De Villiers, Amla set things up, gets the team off to a good start, still managing to score very quickly. He is a player too who likes to score hundreds, and bat through the innings, a nice foil for the attacking middle-order coming in, particularly De Villiers. Thats why England need early wickets, they need to get rid of Amla early so he cant control the innings. That will be crucial.Relying on RashidAdil Rashid is absolutely pivotal to the series. His economy rate, though still important, is less so than the wickets he takes. In the modern one-day game, you can easily rack up targets of 350, so your spinner can end up going for 70-80 runs, but Rashid needs to be judged on whether he can break a partnership in the middle overs. Adil Rashid also had a brilliant time of it in the Big Bash with the Adelaide Strikers If De Villiers and Amla are going strong for example around the 25-30 over mark, can Rashid get the breakthrough? Can he bring a new batsman to the crease, even if he is getting hit around? His role becomes absolutely crucial, especially in an inexperienced bowling line-up.He has obviously proven he is in good form with the way he played in the Big Bash in Australia. That experience would have been great for him, to have been out there away from the team, making his own decisions in pressure situations, with big crowds and on a big occasion. And the fact that he has done well will help him mentally as he now comes back into international cricket. Im sure the team will look to him to make the difference.Flexible approach Watch Jos Buttler score the fastest one-day international by an England player, off just 46 balls, against Pakistan in Dubai That hundred Jos Buttler scored in Dubai - Englands fastest ever ODI hundred - was a whirlwind innings. Cheap Air Max Shoes With Free Shipping. I was at the ground, and it was incredible to watch. He is such a phenomenal one-day player, who feels very confident in the white-ball game. It is really important that England are smart with the way he is introduced into the batting line-up, and not leave it too late.They need to have a flexible outlook, where after 20-25 overs they start thinking about whether now is the time to bring Jos in, rather than keeping him back at his usual batting position. They showed they were happy to do it in the UAE, and I hope they continue to remain flexible, because he is kind of player that the opposition side wants to see sat in the dressing room for as long as possible. Watch Ben Stokes score the second fastest double century in history on day two of the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town Same with Ben Stokes, he too might end up batting in a floating position. At this stage he has had more success in the Test match arena than he has in one-day cricket, both with bat and ball, so its an important series for him to really cement himself in the one day set-up, but an innings like his in Cape Town during the Test series will naturally give him and his teammates a tremendous amount of confidence moving forward.Opening upAlex Hales is in a similar situation to Jos. Mentally he is much further along with his game in one-day cricket because he has played that much more and has had a greater deal of success in the shorter format, while is only just starting out in his Test career. He knows the way he wants to play, so dont be surprised if he comes out and scores runs in this series because he is more comfortable with the approach and tempo required to be successful at the top of the order in this format. Alex Hales struggled when opening the batting during the Test series against South Africa He has a good combination going between him and Jason Roy, because almost from ball one, Roy -when he is in his best form - seems to find the middle of the bat and the boundary, whereas Hales seems to like to give himself just a little bit of time to get in.Roy also hit a magnificent hundred - his first in ODIs - in Dubai. That first big hundred in international cricket will make him believe that he can make those significant scores when it matters most. He is a supremely gifted ball striker and surely will have gained a lot of confidence from that. 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