Aztecs’ DJ Pumphrey becomes NCAA’s all-time rushing leader – The San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego State’s D.J. Pumphrey grew up in North Las Vegas, about 17 miles from where the Aztecs played Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl.

It is an environment where dreams are dashed before they can even develop.

“The demographics for North Las Vegas are, there’s no more room for building, it’s all apartment complexes, 82 percent of the kids are on free or reduced lunches in that area,” said SDSU receivers coach Hunkie Cooper, who was Pumphrey’s high school football coach at Las Vegas’ Canyon Springs High. “Most of the kids are from single-parent homes or living with grandparents. Below poverty level. It’s the highest crime area in Las Vegas. Shootings. …”

But Pumphrey dared to dream. He believed in himself and made it a point to prove anyone wrong who doubted him.

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