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#3 Nephi Garcia
Position: Running Back
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 185
Year: Senior
Hometown: Palm Desert, Calif.
Other College: College of the Desert
Graduating Year: 2011
Experience: 1 Letter

Senior running back who figures to be the workhorse again in 2014... an all-NSIC candidate after logging the fifth-most single-season rushing yards in the past 10 years... after nine games and eight starts he ranks in the top-20 in school history with 1,068 rushing yards…has seven 100-yard rushing games and 11 career touchdowns.

2013 (JUNIOR): Running back who exploded on the scene in his first season in the Purple & Black...ranked fourth in the NSIC and 43rd nationally with a 106.8-yard rushing average, carrying 200 times for 1,068 yards with 10 touchdowns...was seventh in the league and 61st nationally with 126.3 all-purpose yards per game…also caught 15 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown…ranked first on the team in rushing yards and carries while ranking third in scoring (66) and total offense…played in nine games, starting eight…missed the last two games of the season due to a family tragedy…logged seven straight 100-yard games from Sept. 14-Oct. 26…recorded the first 100-yard game of his career in his second career start in the home opener against Northern State…finished with 159 yards rushing and his first touchdown as a Cougar…had a 38-yard run in that contest…rushed for 111 yards at U-Mary…set a career high with 167 rushing yards (196 all-purpose), including a 19-yard scamper into the endzone in the Cougars’ rout of Minnesota Crookston…carried 28 times for 146 yards and back-to-back touchdowns (5 yards & 8 yards) at Southwest Minnesota State…rushed for 122 yards on 24 attempts and caught one pass for five yards in a loss to Winona State…posted his first three-touchdown outing in USF’s convincing 47-7 win at Concordia-St. Paul, where he rushed for 104 yards and two scores and added a 19-yard touchdown reception…had a career day versus rival Augustana…set career highs with 198 all-purpose yards and three rushing touchdowns against the Vikings, accounting for the Cougars’ final 21 points in a 27-10 First Dakota National Bank Mayor’s Cup win over Augie…limited to 80 yards on 25 carries but went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark in a loss at Upper Iowa…did not play against No. 1 Minnesota State or Wayne State because of a death in the family…was named the team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player and also received the Most Inspirational Player Award.  

2011-2012 (FRESHMAN & SOPHOMORE): played two seasons at College of the Desert...picked up 7.3 yards per carry to lead the Roadrunners with 597 rushing yards and 7 TDs in only six games played in 2012-13...also charted 70 receiving yards last season...scoring total of 48 points was second only to the Roadrunner's kicker...rushing total ranked fourth in the Central Conference...averaged 20.8 yards per kick return and 16 per punt return...accounted for team's lone punt returned for a score last season...rushed for 249 yards and 6 TDs as a freshman, when he was also the squad's top kick and punt returner...also served as punter on occasion...in two seasons recorded average of 31 yards on 10 punt returns...career-long punt return was 54 yards.

PERSONAL: Son of Peter Garcia...born Sept. 3, 1993.

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