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#20 Donald Russell
Position: Running Back
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 212
Year: Senior
Hometown: West Palm Beach, Fla.
High School: Dwyer/Kentucky
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AT GEORGIA STATE: All-conference running back who finished his career as the leading career rusher in Georgia State history ... Played two seasons at GSU after transferring from Kentucky ... Powerful downhill runner with good speed ... Rushed for 1,412 yards and 12 touchdowns in 18 games in a GSU uniform ... Six 100-yard games ... Also had 21 receptions for 204 yards and one touchdown, for a total of 1,616 all-purpose yards ... Adding his two seasons at Kentucky, he finished with 1,842 career rushing yards.

2012: Third-team All-CAA selection ... Was leading the CAA in rushing with over 100 yards per game when he suffered a knee injury on his fourth carry in the eighth game of the season versus Villanova ... Sustained a sprained MCL in his left knee and missed the remainder of the season.

Finished the season as GSU's leading rusher with 747 yards (93.4 ypg) and three touchdowns ... Averaged 6.2 yards per carry ... Topped 100 yards in four games ... Also caught 16 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown.

Set the GSU school record with 201 yards rushing on 21 carries at Rhode Island and was named CAA Offensive Player of the Week ... Rushed for touchdowns of 45 and six yards and scored on a 35-yard reception to become the first Panther to scored three touchdowns in a game ... Also set a GSU record with 236 all-purpose yards.

Opened the 2012 season with 120 yards rushing on just 12 carries against South Carolina State ... Ran 52 yards on his first carry of the season, his longest run in a GSU uniform ... Rushed for 119 yards against Richmond, including another 52-yard run ... Added five catches for 51 yards for a total of 170 all-purpose yards ... Added 107 yards rushing at William and Mary.

2011: Georgia State's leading rusher with 665 yards on 128 carries, despite missing almost two full games to injury ... Named to the FCS Independent Football All Conference Team selected by College Sports Madness ... Averaged 5.2 yards per carry ... Led the team with nine touchdowns (the GSU career record), and scored at least once in the first seven games he played for GSU ... Also caught five passes for 41 yards ... Did not fumble the entire season.

Became the first 100-yard rusher in school history when he gained a then school-record 136 yards on 20 carries in win over South Alabama. Scored the game-winning TD on an eight-yard run in the second overtime. Carried the ball on every GSU play on two OT possessions against South Alabama, gaining 43 yards on five carries.

Missed the Houston game with a knee sprain. Sprained an ankle vs. St. Francis and was limited to just one carry following week at West Alabama ... Finished the season with 146 yards on 19 carries in win over Campbell.

Opened his GSU career by rushing for 56 yards on nine carries against Clark Atlanta. Scored touchdowns the first two times he touched the ball (20 yards and three yards) ... Scored twice against Murray State, when he rushed for 64 yards on 17 carries.

AT KENTUCKY: Spent two years at Kentucky as a backup running back ... The Wildcats' third-leading rusher in 2010 with 293 yards, two touchdowns and 4.6 yards per carry in 12 games ... Also caught 14 passes for 134 yards ... Played in five games as a freshman in 2009 ... Carried 13 times for 137 yards, an average of 10.5 yards per attempt ... Season was highlighted by his 79-yard scoring scamper vs. Eastern Kentucky.

HIGH SCHOOL: Played both cornerback and running back at Dwyer High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. ... Rated as one of the nation's top 50 running backs and a top 100 player in Florida by Rivals.com ... Rushed for 893 yards and 12 touchdowns during his senior season, going to the semifinals of the state playoffs in Class AAAA ... Gained 932 yards and nine TDs as a junior, when his team reached the state quarterfinals ... First-team all-conference as a senior, second team as a junior ... Named to the "Super 11" team for Palm Beach County ... Played in the Florida North-South All-Star Game and had a long touchdown run ... Also played for the winning team in the Palm Beach County All-Star Game ... Coached by Jack Daniels ... Also a track standout, competing in the long jump, 100-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay ... Best time in the 100-meter dash in 10.7 seconds.

PERSONAL: Full name is Donald Alonzo Russell ... Born Aug. 4, 1990 in West Palm Beach, Fla. ... Son of Donald Russell Sr. and Latanya Russell.

GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS

2011 Att Yards TD LP Rec Yards TD LP Touchdowns
Clark Atlanta

9

56

2

20

0

0

0

0

20, 3

Old Dominion

5

20

1

9

0

0

0

0

2

Jax State

13

47

1

13

2

13

0

11

1

Houston

INJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murray State

17

64

2

11

1

20

0

20

4, 9

SC State

15

85

1

25

0

0

0

0

9

South Alabama

20

136

1

42

2

8

0

6

8

UTSA

21

87

1

24

0

0

0

0

24

St. Francis

8

19

0

5

0

0

0

0

 

West Alabama

1

5

0

5

0

0

0

0

 

Campbell

19

146

0

29

0

0

0

0

 
                   
2012

Att

Yards

TD

LP

Rec

Yards

TD

LP

Touchdowns

SC State

12

120

0

52

1

4

0

4

 

Tennessee

15

68

0

26

2

33

0

26

 

UTSA

10

76

0

28

1

5

0

5

 

Richmond

24

119

1

52

5

51

0

20

2

W&M

21

107

0

22

4

27

0

11

 

New Hampshire

12

52

0

23

1

5

0

5

 

Rhode Island

21

201

2

45

1

35

1

35

45, 35Rec, 6

Villanova

5

4

0

5

1

3

0

3

 

CAREER STATISTICS

Year

G

Att 

Yards 

Avg 

TD

LP 

Rec 

Yards 

Avg 

TD 

LP 

2009 (UK)

5

13

137

10.5

1

79

0

0

0.0

0

0

2010 (UK)

12

64

293

4.6

2

25

14

134

9.6

0

37

2011

10

128

665

5.2

9

32

5

41

8.2

0

21

2012

8

120

747

6.2

3

52

18

163

10.2

1

35

GSU Total

18

248

1412

5.8

12

52

21

204

9.7

1

35

Total

33

325

1842

5.7

15

79

35

338

9.9

1

37

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