Sophomore DonTrell Moore
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  09/11/2003
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics
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22 * DonTrell Moore * RB * So-1L * 5-11 * 214 * Roswell, N.M. (Roswell HS)

NEW MEXICO: Budding star and unanimous choice to the preseason all-MWC team who should be one of the top young running backs in the country in 2003...Doak Walker Award (outstanding running back) candidate...2002 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year and first Lobo rookie ever voted first team all-conference...moved atop the depth chart after starter Quincy Wright suffered a season-ending knee injury in the fourth game of the 2002 season...might have seen some playing time in 2001 as a true freshman, but a high ankle sprain during two-a-days limited his practice time...has all the tools to be a top-notch back: solid speed, excellent footwork, great field vision, possesses good strength and attacks the holes well...rarely brought down by the first defender...made a concerted effort during the spring to improve his ball control after losing 8 fumbles (5 in 3 games) in `02...is working hard to become a complete back, particularly his pass blocking...preseason honorable mention All-American by Street & Smith's...ranked No. 9 on CollegeFootballNews.com's preseason list of the nation's "Rising Star Running Backs"...voted to the 2003 MWC honor roll" by Lindy's as the "Toughest To Bring Down"...2,231 career rushing yards is No. 6 all-time at UNM...30 rushing TDs are already 2nd all-time, 1 shy of Stoney Case's school record...11 career 100-yard rushing games...averaging 97.0 yards in 23 career games...has eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark in 8 of his last 9 home games, including 7 straight...also responsible for 22 TDs (18 rushing, 3 receiving, 1 passing) in that span...averaging 137.8 yards (1,240 total) in his last 9 games at University Stadium.

2003 (SOPHOMORE): Leads the MWC, averaging 109.7 rushing yards (1,097 total) in 10 games...is just the second Lobo to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons (Mike Williams - 3 straight, 1978-78)...averaging a stellar 136.8 yards in 5 MWC games...needs just 144 yards in the next two games to pass Mike Williams for the UNM single-season rushing record...had played just over 8 quarters in the first 3 games of the year...was injured early at Texas Tech and sat out the fourth quarter after UNM jumped out to a big lead vs. Texas State...appears to be healthy again after running through nagging ankle and foot injuries in the first half of the year...has displayed all of his trademark moves and acceleration since getting time to heal over UNM's bye week (Oct. 11), averaging 145 yards/game (580 total) with 8 TDs in four games since the break...5.4 yards per carry and MWC-leading 17 rushing TDs this season, the most in UNM history...18 total TDs are the most of any player in the nation and a school record...is 3rd in the country averaging 10.8 pts/game and owns the UNM record with 108 points this season...also 9 catches for 145 yards (16.1 avg), including a career-long 44-yard gain and a 40-yard TD...leads the MWC with 7 100-yard rushing games (UNM single-season record) and 6 multiple TD games this fall...has done a better job of holding onto the football with just 5 fumbles (4 lost) this year...lost the ball just once in the first 7 games...Colorado State...Carried the team to a pivotal program victory and dazzled an exclusive national audience, rushing for a career-high 242 yards with 3 TDs on a career-best 34 carries (7.1 avg)...yardage total is the most by a MWC back this year and third in league history...total is also the second-most in UNM history...was unstoppable through 3 quarters, amassing 214 yards on 24 attempts (8.9 avg)...put all of his skills on display, running with tremendous agility, speed and power...earned his second MWC Offensive Player of the Week award following what head coach Rocky Long called the best game of his career...UNLV...Had one of the Lobos' many roller coaster performances...picked up 130 yards on just 17 carries (7.6 avg.), including 71 yards in the 4th quarter...made some eye-popping moves on several of his runs, but lost two costly fumbles...was hit and fumbled after a 12-yard gain as the Lobos were driving to take the lead in the 2nd quarter...ball was returned 61 yards for a UNLV TD...also lost the handle on UNM's first play of the second half...kept the Lobos in the game though, scoring a 1 yard TD to cut the Rebel lead to 37-35 with 3 minutes left in the game...ran, caught and even passed for a TD en route to 203 yards of total offense...threw a 21-yard TD pass to Adrian Boyd and scored on a 40-yard catch-and-run...2 catches for a career-high 52 yards receiving...Utah...Turned in his first 100-yard game on the road, rushing for 119 yards on 18 carries (6.6 avg.) against the nation's 25th-ranked run defense...had just 27 yards on 6 carries (4.5 avg.) in the first half, then erupted for 92 yards on 12 carries (7.7 avg.) in the second half...notched the longest TD run of his career when he zig-zagged 35-yards to close the 3rd quarter...also made a tremendous one-handed grab on a screen pass and scampered a career-long 44 yards on a 3rd-and-7 play...had some trouble on two handoffs, losing one fumble to set up the Utes' first score...San Diego State...Scored a pair of TDs and picked up 89 yards on just 15 carries (5.9 avg.) in 3 quarters...gained 76 yards in the second half, including a tremendous career-long 45-yard run on the second play of the half...pulled UNM out of a 2nd-and-24 hole from its own 13-yard line...appeared to be stopped after a minimal gain, but never stopped his feet and eventually broke out of the pile down the right sideline...picked up 9 more yards on the drive, including a 3-yard TD to help put the game away...Utah State...A gritty, blue collar performance for the second straight week, grinding out 132 yards and 2 TDs on 30 carries, which tied a career-high...another tremendous start, picking up 92 yards on 23 first half carries to set the tone of the game...got some well-deserved rest, sitting out the final 11 minutes of the game...New Mexico State...Determined effort to carry the UNM offense to a victory...ground out 113 yards on a career-high 30 carries, with 2 TDs...also had a pair of catches for 4 yards...accounted for 117 of the Lobos' 228 yards (51%) on the night...BYU...Gutty performance, playing on two bad ankles...rushed for 104 yards on 21 carries (5.0 avg) and scored the Lobos' only TD...18 carries for 92 yards in the 2nd and 3rd quarters...Texas Tech...Picked up 38 yards on 9 carries (4.2 avg) before leaving for the game after injuring his right ankle and hip midway through the second quarter...had a 36-yard gain nullified by a penalty two plays before his injury...Texas State...Breezed to 109 yards on 20 carries (5.4 avg)...career-high 4 rushing TDs in just 33 snaps vs. Texas State.

2002 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN): 1,134 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns...third player in program history to be named conference Freshman of the Year by league coaches, joining RB Winslow Oliver (WAC - 1992) and S Brandon Ratcliff (MWC co-player - 2000)...also honored by his teammates at the UNM football banquet, earning Bill Brannin Most Valuable Player, Most Improved and Zia (most valuable in-state player) awards, the results of a players-only ballot...was sensational after moving into the starting lineup in place of Wright, but really came into his own in the final 6 regular season games...averaged 141.7 yards (5.4 ypc) and 26.3 carries, and scored 10 rushing TDs in that span...tallied 357 yards (178.5/game) vs. CSU and Wyoming, the most ever by a Lobo freshman in back-to-back games...also had 329 yards (164.5/game) in consecutive games vs. Utah State and Utah...surpassed UNM great Winslow Oliver (1,063 - 1992) to become the Lobos' freshman rushing record holder with 1,117 yards...is the 9th rusher in UNM history, and first since Lennox Gordon in 1996, to surpass 1,000 yards in a season...finished 107 yards shy of Mike Williams' (1977) UNM single-season rushing record...led the team and was fourth in the MWC in rushing with 87.2 yards per game on 245 carries (4.6 avg)...officially appeared in 13 games, but had no yards on just 7 total carries backing-up Wright in his first two games vs. Weber State and Air Force...averaged 111.7 yards per game in the final 10 contests of the regular season after assuming the starting job...scored a Lobo freshman record 13 rushing TDs, which tied for second on the UNM all-time list with Rocky Long (1971) and Sam Scarber (1970), and just 1 shy of Stoney Case's 1993 record...15 total touchdowns on the year was also second on the all-time list and 1 behind Terance Mathis' record of 16 (1989)...23 catches for 139 yards, including 21 for 123 yards in the final 7 games...UCLA (Las Vegas Bowl)...suffered a right ankle sprain in the first quarter and did not play the rest of the afternoon...finished with 17 yards on 14 carries, while catching 3 balls for 13 yards...Wyoming...record-setting effort to help the Lobos' clinch their second bowl bid in 41 years...176 yards rushing on 28 carries, including a season-long jaunt of 35 yards, to eclipse both the 1,000-yard mark and UNM freshman rushing record...scored New Mexico's first 4 TDs en route to a school record-tying 5-touchdown day (3 rushing, 2 receiving)...98 yards on just 12 carries (8.2 ypc) in the second half...also caught 2 balls for 21 yards...Colorado State...roller coaster performance vs. the 15th-ranked Rams...was nearly unstoppable on the ground, churning out 181 yards on 30 carries, both career-highs and the most allowed by CSU on the season...however, was his own worst enemy with a pair of critical fumbles which resulted in both CSU touchdowns...outdueled MWC leading rusher, senior Cecil Sapp (14 carries, 32 yards), and bettered his own conference freshman rushing record...30 carries were the most by a Lobo back since 1996...5 carries for 36 yards on the second UNM scoring drive of the game, including a 12-yard TD on a 4th-and-1 play...gained 54 all-purpose yards on the Lobos' final drive, but was tackled for no gain on a 4th-and-11 swing pass from the Rams' 34-yard line...also caught a career-high 5 balls for 13 yards...BYU...was held in check with just 29 yards on 17 carries in the first half, but came alive when it mattered most with 64 yards in the second half, including 46 in the fourth quarter...helped make perhaps the play of the game midway through the fourth quarter...took Casey Kelly's option pitch down the left sideline for 32 yards, down to the Cougar 2-yard line...eventually scored his second rushing TD of the day to give the Lobos' their final 20-14 lead...also caught 3 balls for 24 yards...San Diego State...banged out 71 tough yards on 22 carries...capped a 10-play drive with a 1-yard TD plunge, which gave UNM a 13-8 lead early in the 4th quarter...also paced the team with 3 catches for 24 yards...coughed up a pair of fumbles...Utah...tore up the nation's 16th-best run defense with 163 yards on a season-high 27 carries...no opposing RB had surpassed 100 yards in the Utes' previous 7 games...scored on a season-long 33-yard run and nearly found the endzone on a 32-yard dash before a controversial ruling determined he fumbled at the goal line...took the team on his back on the Lobos' game-tying drive in the last minutes of regulation...picked up 22 of the team's 49 yards on the drive, including 2 first downs...also helped the cause by drawing a 15-yard personal foul penalty on a late hit out of bounds...Utah State...amassed 166 yards on 25 carries and scored a pair of TDs...6 carries for 69 yards and 1 catch for 8 yards on the Lobos critical 95-yard TD drive to knot the game at 31 with 1:18 left in regulation...finished with 3 catches for 27 yards, including a season-long gain of 18...long run of 23 yards in 51 plays...UNLV...pounded out 62 tough yards on 16 carries...made an outstanding one-handed snag of a screen pass and scampered 10 yards for a first down on a pivotal 3rd-and-8 play midway through the second quarter...ripped off a 22-yard run 2 plays later to set up his 3-yard TD plunge on the Lobos' first scoring drive...New Mexico State...picked up 79 yards on 20 carries in his first career start...scored on a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter...a 25-yard jaunt led to the Lobos' first score of the night...Baylor...filled in nicely for the injured Quincy Wright, rushing 22 times for 93 yards...had a 2-yard TD run, his first career score...47 plays...Weber State...5 carries for -1 yard in his first game action as a Lobo...saw 7 plays in the backfield.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2001 graduate of Roswell HS...highly-decorated running back from the state Class 4A state champion Coyotes...one of 57 athletes from 33 states selected to Parade Magazine's 2000 All-America team...three-time all-state selection who gained over 6,000 yards in his prep career...led the state in rushing his final two years with 2,243 yards his junior season and more than 2,600 yards and 33 TDs as a senior...also all-state cornerback as a senior for head coach Jack Cisco...four times he rushed for more than 300 yards in a game...led the Coyotes to a dramatic 35-31 win over Piedra Vista in the 2000 state championship game...Roswell trailed 31-7 in the second half...it was Moore's interception that set up the winning score late in the fourth quarter...all-district in basketball and he was a member of the Roswell golf and track teams as well...an excellent student with a 4.0 GPA and he ranked 9th in a class of 267...current Lobo D.J. Renteria also attended Roswell High.

PERSONAL: Born Sept. 25, 1982, in Roswell...age is 20...full name is Dontrell Jamar Moore...son of Angela...mom is an English teacher at Roswell High...cousin is DonTa Bright, who signed with the Lobos in 2000 but fell short academically...major is Criminology.

CAREER HIGHS: Rushing Yards: 242, vs. Colorado State (11/7/03). Rushing Attempts: 34, vs. Colorado State (11/7/03). Rushing TDs: 4, vs. Texas State (8/30/03). Long Rush: 45, (twice). Receptions: 5, at Colorado State (11/23/02). Receiving Yards: 52, vs. UNLV (11/1/03). Receiving TDs: 2, vs. Wyoming (11/30/02). Long Reception: 44, at Utah (10/25/03).


Rushing G/GS Att. Gain Lost Net Avg. TD Long
2002 13/9 245 67 1,134 4.6 13 35
2003 10/8 205 1,142 45 1,097 5.4 17 45
Career 23/17 450 2,343 112 2,231 5.0 30 45

Receiving No. Yards Avg. TD Long
2002 23 139 2 18
2003 9 145 16.1 1 44
Career 32 284 8.9 3 44