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3 Nephi Garcia

CAREER: Made 20 career starts in 22 games, accumulating 427 carries for 2,258 rushing yards in his career with 28 rushing TDs…ranks 8th on USF career rushing chart…Finished with a career 427 carries for 2,258 rushing yards ranking 8th on the USF’s career rushing chart… averaged 5.3 carries per game and had a career total 31 touchdowns including18 rushing and three receiving…recorded a career 44 catches for 380 receiving yards, averaging 8.6 yards per game…rushed for 80 yards in 17 of 22 career games…was the fourth player in school history with back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons…named to second team offense on All-NSIC squad in 2014…recorded 12, 100 yard rushing games in career…has 2 of the top single season rushing totals all time with his 1,168 yards in 2014 sitting and 1,068 yards in 2013 ranking 16th.

2014 (SENIOR): Started in all twelve games…ranked 2nd in NSIC and 11th nationally with 18 rushing TDs…ranked fifth in NSIC and 29th nationally with 99.2 rushing yards per game…ranked first on the team, fifth in the NSIC and 29th nationally on 227 carries for 1,190 yards on the season…averaged 5.2 yards per carry… logged five games rushing over 100 yards …had 259 receiving yards averaging 8.9 yards per catch…was sixth in the league with 124.3 all-purpose yards per game…had two games with three TDs games including 25 carries for 134 yards along with a 64 yard scoring run to help the team to a 52-19 victory over Bemidji State (9/13/14), and a career best 225 yards (21 carries) that helped the Cougars to a 63-28 victory over Wayne State (11/15/13)…recorded 22 carries for 89 yards and two TDs to help the Cougars to a 41-14 victory over Minot State (9/6/14)…finished with 20 TDs including 18 rushing and two receiving, ranking third in the NSIC in scoring…accumulated 121 yards on 30 carries and two touchdowns with a victory over St. Cloud State (9/19/14)…helped the Cougars to a win over Southwest Minnesota State (10/18/14) with 24 carries for 146 yards and a touchdown rushing and receiving…had 97 yards on 24 carries with a 45 yard TD run to help the Cougars to a 23-12 victory over Augustana (10/11/14)….posted a 17 yard TD reception with 14 carries for 75 yards vs. Concordia (10/4/14)…received second team NSIC honors

2013 (JUNIOR): 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 TDs... seventh in the league and 61st nationally with 126.3 all-purpose yards per game…also caught 15 passes for 121 yards and a TD…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 TD 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-TD 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.

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