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San Diego State football: RB Donnel Pumphrey Might Be Healthy Against Hawaii

The junior running back left the Fresno State game early with a high-ankle sprain, but early reports have Pumphrey available for Saturday's game in Honolulu.

Donnel Pumphrey comes out of the game with an ankle injury
Donnel Pumphrey comes out of the game with an ankle injury
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During this past game against Fresno State, the San Diego State running game showed life for the first time in 2015. Donnel Pumphrey looked like he was picking up from the 2014 campaign, rushing for 124 yards on 23 carries and providing one touchdown in the victory. However, Pumphrey left the game in the second half due to a high ankle sprain and didn’t return.

The San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that Pumphrey was jogging a bit during practices earlier this week and might be active for Saturday's game in Honolulu.

Though the reports now say that Pumphrey might be able to make it on trip to Honolulu, so don’t be surprised if Pumphrey doesn't have the same hop in his step once he arrives on the island. If Pumphrey is available he could continue his dominance against a Hawaii team that gave up 279 rushing yards to Boise State and 326 to Wisconsin.

If Pumphrey can't go the running backs behind him have shown their use and last week marked the first time the Aztecs had two 100-plus yard rushers. Pumphrey and Chase Price combined for 275 yards of the 305 rushing yards. Also Rashaad Penny continues to be a playmaker on offense as well as special teams.

Though the early reports are highly optimistic, it was a matter of time Pumphrey was going to get hurt especially with the amount of touches he was accumulating and the quality of quarterback play from Maxwell Smith. Price, Penny and Marcus Stamps are capable backs and will have to pick up the load if or when Pumphrey is out this Saturday.