San Diego State Aztecs Donnel Pumphrey & Joel Alesi named Mountain West Players of the Week


San Diego, CA- San Diego State Aztecs running back Donnel Pumphrey and punter Joel Alesi have each been named Mountain West Players of the Week. Pumphrey was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week and Alesi was named Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week.

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The San Diego State Aztecs (2-2, 1-0 MW) ran over UNLV 34-17 Saturday night in their Mountain West Conference opener. Sophomore running back Donnel Pumphrey dominated the Rebels and rushed for a career-high tying 167 yards and all four of the San Diego State Aztecs touchdowns. The four rushing touchdowns by Donnel Pumphrey were the most by an Aztec player since Adam Muema scored four touchdowns vs. Wyoming in November 2012.

On the season, Donnel Pumphrey has 467 rushing yards and leads the Mountain West conference with nine rushing touchdowns on 75 rushing attempts. Donnel Pumphrey overall is number two in the nation in rushing touchdowns, 17th in rushing yards per game, 33rd in all-purpose yards per game.

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  • Alesi, had five punts for 191 yards for a 38.2 average. Three of his five punts dropped inside the 20-yard line and only one was returned.

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