MINERS

Donald Buckram
3  Donald Buckram

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Copperas Cove, Texas

High School:
Copperas Cove

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 195

Position:
RB

Experience:
3L

09/01/2014

UTEP Takes on Big 12 Oppenent Texas Tech

UTEP (1-0) christens the home portion of its 2014 schedule versus Big 12 power Texas Tech (1-0) on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 9:05 p.m. MT.

Buckram Bio Action CAREER NOTES: UTEP's ninth-leading all-time rusher with 2,082 yards entering his senior year ... also tied for sixth place in career 100-yard games (nine) and seventh in rushing touchdowns (20) ... needs 91 all-purpose yards to tie Fred Wendt for 10th place on the UTEP career list ... needs only 692 rushing yards in 2010 to etch his name into the Conference USA career top-15 ... is the third player in UTEP history to rush for 200 yards in a game three times, along with Fred Wendt (four times) and John Harvey (three times).

2009 (JUNIOR): First team All-Conference USA and UTEP's Offensive MVP ... shattered a UTEP single-season rushing record that had stood for over 60 years, running for 1,594 yards on 259 carries (6.2 avg.) ... also established a Miner season standard with eight 100-yard rushing games and tied Fred Wendt's (1948) record with three 200-yard performances ... his 18 rushing touchdowns rated second in UTEP annals behind Wendt's 20 in 1948 ... averaged 132.8 rushing yards per game, second in the Miner record book ... also accounted for the second-most all-purpose yards (2,047) and second-most points (126) in school history ... one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, presented to the nation's top running back ... ranked third nationally in scoring (10.5 ppg), fourth in rushing yards per game (132.8) and 11th in all-purpose yards per game (170.6) ... joined Stanford's Toby Gerhart as the only FBS players to rush for 200+ yards three times during the '09 campaign ... Buckram achieved the feat versus Houston (262 yards), SMU (241 yards) and Tulane (234 yards) ... became one of only four players in NCAA history to post 200 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game when he compiled 234 on the ground/109 via the pass at Tulane ... led Conference USA in rushing, making him the first Miner to pace the league in that statistical category in the modern era of football (since 1965) ... also first in C-USA in scoring and second in all-purpose yards ... in the C-USA record book, holds the fifth-most rushing yards in a season, the fifth-most rushing yards per game, the fifth-most points, tied for the fifth-most touchdowns and tied for the seventh-most rushing TDs ... compiled 300+ all-purpose yards in back-to-back games -- a UTEP first -- when he racked up 343 at Tulane and 307 at SMU ... prior to the 2009 season, no Miner player had amassed 300 all-purpose yards in a game since 1965 ... Buckram and Tulsa's Damaris Johnson were the only FBS players to tally 300+ all-purpose yards in consecutive outings during the '09 season ... averaged 162.0 yards rushing in C-USA play with 16 touchdowns in eight games ... recorded his first of eight 100-yard games in the season opener versus Buffalo (14 carries-108 yards) ... rambled for 113 yards on 14 attempts at New Mexico State ... breakout performance came versus no. 12 Houston with 32 rushes for 262 yards and four TDs ... the 262 yards marked the second-most in a game by a UTEP player and the most since 1948 ... compiled 165 yards on 26 carries versus Tulsa ... scored two fourth quarter TDs against the Golden Hurricane, including the game-winner with 29 seconds remaining as the Miners rallied from a 24-13 deficit in the final six and a half minutes and won 28-24 ... that started a string of five 100-yard rushing efforts for Buckram, including versus UAB (28 carries-164 yards), Tulane (34 carries-234 yards), SMU (33 carries-241 yards) and Rice (34 carries-147 yards) ... scored three rushing touchdowns against Rice and reached the end zone four times (three rushing/one receiving) versus Tulane.

2008 (SOPHOMORE): Ranked third on the team in rushing yards (348) and second in carries (75) ... scored two touchdowns, one at Southern Miss and another versus Rice ... also made 15 catches for 199 yards and returned 10 kickoffs for 170 yards ... compiled 717 all-purpose yards to rate third on the squad behind Jeff Moturi and Kris Adams ... played in 11 games, earning six starts ... picked up the first 100-yard rushing game of his collegiate career against Tulane with 20 carries for 107 yards ... ran for 59 yards on 12 attempts at Southern Miss ... compiled 49 yards on nine rushes at Houston ... rambled for 45 yards on seven carries versus SMU ... his season-long 22-yard run came against Tulane ... made his season-high three catches at Tulsa and versus SMU ... had 64 yards receiving against the Golden Hurricane and 60 versus the Mustangs ... compiled 173 all-purpose yards at Tulsa, including six kickoff returns for 107 yards (long of 28).

2007: Redshirted after appearing in the first three games of the year ... rushed 14 times for 64 yards on the season while catching two passes for 18 yards.

2006 (FRESHMAN): Pulled from redshirt for the final seven games of the season ... went on to rush for 76 yards on 21 carries (3.6 avg.) ... also caught 12 passes for 218 yards, a team-leading 18.2-yard average ... scored a touchdown off an 80-yard pass from Jordan Palmer at UAB -- the longest play from scrimmage for the Miners in 2006 ... it was the second-longest reception by a freshman in school history ... had two catches for 94 yards against the Blazers ... two receptions for 74 yards (long of 71) versus Memphis ... three receptions for 31 yards at Marshall ... picked up his season-high four catches against Tulane ... rushed four times for a season-best 33 yards at Marshall ... gained 30 yards on the ground versus Tulane on seven attempts.

PRIOR TO UTEP: Listed as a Texas Top-300 player by Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine ... third team All-State 5A honoree by the Texas Sportswriters as a senior at Copperas Cove High School ... also first team All-District 13-5A and first team All-Centex in 2005 ... rushed for 1,546 yards on 217 carries (7.1 avg.) with 26 touchdowns ... also caught seven passes totaling 58 yards, and returned four kickoffs for 83 yards (20.8 avg.) ... earned first team All-District and second team All-Centex honors as a junior ... member of a district championship team his junior year and a 13-1 squad as a senior ... played two years of varsity ball, seeing action at tailback, slot receiver and cornerback while also returning kicks ... high school coach was Jack Welch ... ran track as well ... advanced to state in the 4x200 relay as a freshman and junior, and in the 100 as a junior.

PERSONAL:He and his wife, Lauren, have a daughter, Breanna Skye Buckram ... parents are Donald, Sr. and Delia Buckram ... has one brother and one sister ... full name is Donald Ray Buckram, Jr. ... nicknames are "D-Buck" and "Don B." ... born 2/9/88 (Fort Hood, Texas) ... Communication/Electronic Media major.

Donald Buckram's Career Stats
Year GP Rush-Att Rush- Yd Rush-TD Rush-YPR. Rush-YPG Rec- Rec-Yd Rec.-TD Rec.-YPC Rec.-YPG
2006 7 21 76 - 3.6 10.9 12 218 1 18.2 31.1
2007 3 14 64 - 4.6 21.3 2 18 - 9.0 6.0
2008 11 75 348 2 4.6 31.6 15 199 - 13.3 18.1
2009 12 259 1,594 18 6.2 132.8 30 453 3 15.1 37.8
Total 33 369 2,082 20 5.6 63.1 59 888 4 15.1 26.9

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