Rushel Shell III

#7 Rushel Shell III

RB | r-Sr. | 5-10 | 225 | Hopewell, Pa. | Hopewell HS/Pitt

2015 (Redshirt Junior)

  • Played in 13 games and started three
  • WVU’s second-leading rusher with 708 yards on 161 carries, eight touchdowns and a long run of 43 yards
  • Averaged 4.4 yards per carry
  • Ranked No. 9 in the Big 12 in rushing yards (708); also ranks No. 12 in the league in rushing yards per game (54.5) and No. 11 in rushing yards per carry (4.4) and No. 12 in rushing TDs (8)
  • Finished with 16 catches for 101 yards and a long reception of 17 yards
  • Had nine carries for 31 yards and a long run of 14 yards against Arizona State in Cactus Bowl
  • Finished second on the team with 38 yards rushing at Kansas State
  • Rushed for 41 yards against Iowa State, including a nine yard touchdown run
  • WVU Offensive Player of the Game after finishing with 108 yards rushing at Kansas on 14 carries, averaging 7.7 yards a carry; two touchdowns, long of 26 yards
  • Added 53 yards to WVU’s run attack against Texas; finished second on the team with 56 all-purpose yards
  • Career day against Texas Tech, rushing for two touchdowns and finishing with 111 yards on the ground, his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and the fourth of his career
  • Also netted a season-long run of 43 yards against TTU
  • Ran for 46 yards on 15 carries at Baylor
  • Finished with 47 yards rushing against Oklahoma State with\ a long of eight yards; also had a 12-yard catch
  • Netted 72 yards on a season-high 20 carries at Oklahoma; day included a 5-yard TD run, WVU’s first score of game
  • Productive against Maryland, gaining a season-high 77 yards on 15 rushes, also a season high, and scored on a two-yard run
  • Had 110 all-purpose yards against the Terps
  • Also gained a season-high 33 yards on two catches against UMD
  • Gained 42 yards on eight carries, including a six-yard score, against Georgia Southern

2014 (Redshirt Sophomore)

  • Played in 12 games and started eight
  • WVU's leading rusher with 176 carries for 788 yards and seven touchdowns; had 21 catches for 140 yards
  • Saw action on 477 plays, including 460 on offense
  • Season-high 57 plays at Maryland
  • In the Big 12, ranked No. 5 in rushing yards and No. 6 in rushing yards per game, No. 7 in rushing TDs and No. 15 in all-purpose yards 
  • Career day at Iowa State, running for a season-best 146 yards, his third 100-yard rushing game of the season 
  • Scored the game’s opening touchdown at ISU on a 54-yard run, the Mountaineers’ longest scoring run of the season
  • Paced team with 62 rushing yards against Kansas State 
  • Finished with five carries for 22 yards at Texas, averaging 4.4 yards per carry and a long run of 11 yards
  • Returned to the field against TCU and had a long run of 14 yards
  • Missed Oklahoma State game with injury
  • Three carries before suffering game-ending injury against Baylor
  • Recorded 100 or more rushing yards for the second straight week at Texas Tech, finishing with 110 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Along with Wendell Smallwood (123 yards) at Texas Tech, became the first two WVU running back to have 100 yards rushing each in a game since Pat White (200) and Noel Devine (154) at Louisville in 2008
  • Scored one rushing TD in five straight games from Towson through a season-high two at Texas Tech
  • Registered first 100-yard rushing game as a Mountaineer against Kansas, gaining a game-best 113 yards on 21 attempts
  • Tallied a one-yard rushing TD against the Jayhawks
  • Scored third TD of the season with a five-yard run    vs. Oklahoma; first rushing score against OU in 2014
  • Netted team-best 60 yards rushing against the Sooners, the game’s second-best total 
  • Gained a team- and season-best 98 yards rushing at Maryland; day included a 1-yard scoring run on the team’s first drive
  • Scored first TD on a two-yard rush vs. Towson
  • Ran for a game-best 71 yards against the Tigers
  • Earned first career start as a Mountaineer against Alabama
  • Tallied a team-best 38 rushing yards vs. Alabama and caught two passes for 19 yards

2013 (Redshirt Freshman)

  • Redshirted to fulfill NCAA transfer requirements
  • WVU Defensive Scout Team Champion: Oklahoma State
  • Transferred to WVU from Pitt in summer 2013

2012 (Freshman) - Pitt

  • As the primary backup to Ray Graham at Pitt in 2012, rushed for 641 yards and four touchdowns as a true freshman
  • Both of those totals were good for second on the team, and tops among returning backs

High School

  • Played under Coach Dave Vestal at Hopewell High
  • USA TODAY first team All-USA
  • Sports Illustrated and ESPNHS All-American
  • Finished his career as the most prolific rusher in Pennsylvania history
  • Four-time Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Class AAA selection, including first-team honors his final three years
  • Pennsylvania Sports Writers and Pennsylvania Football News Class AAA Player of the Year
  • Two-time Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Player of the Year
  • Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Player of the Year
  • Beaver County Times and Tribune-Review Male Athlete of the Year
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette West Male Athlete of the Year
  • Two-time winner of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association’s “Mercury Award,” annually presented to the High School Player of the Year
  • Led Hopewell to four WPIAL Class AAA playoff berths, including a title game appearance his sophomore year
  • Selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl at Chase Field in Phoenix
  • Played in the Big 33 Football Classic
  • In four seasons at Hopewell, rushed for a state-record 9,078 yards on 1,107 carries (8.2 avg.)
  • Scored 110 career touchdowns, the most in WPIAL history
  • Set a national record with 39 consecutive 100-yard games, eclipsing former Oklahoma Sooners great Billy Sims’ mark of 38 set in 1975
  • Rushed for 200 yards or more in 25 games
  • In 44 career contests, averaged 206 yards per game
  • Rushed for more than 2,000 yards in each of his final three seasons
  • As a senior, rushed for 2,312 yards on 311 attempts (7.4 avg.) and scored 28 touchdowns
  • His junior year he totaled 2,510 yards and 32 TDs
  • Rushed for 2,740 yards as a sophomore and 1,516 as a freshman


  • Birthday is September 7
  • Son of Rushel Shell Jr. and Toni Zuccaro
  • One of three children
  • Majoring in sociology and anthropolgy
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