Player Profiles



Rushel                             Shell
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Rushel
Shell
Class: r-So.
Hometown: Hopewell, Pa.
Height: 6-0
Weight: 210
Sport: Football
Position: RB

Biography

2013 (So.)
- Redshirted to fulfill NCAA transfer requirements
- WVU Defensive Scout Team Champion: Oklahoma State
- Transferred to WVU from Pitt in 2013 summer
 
2012 (Fr.)
- 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, Shell 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, he 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
 
Personal
- Birthday is Sept. 7
- Son of Rushel Shell Jr. and Toni Zuccaro
- One of three children
- Enrolled in general studies

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