CAREER: Powerful running back who will be in the mix for a starting role this season … Has the leg drive to create extra yards after contact ... A receiving option out of the backfield who continues to develop in blitz pickup role ... Served as the backup running back to Josh Robinson in 2014 and started five games in 2015 … Played in 36 games and amassed 692 rushing yards and 158 receiving yards … All six of his touchdowns have come on the ground ... Enters senior year averaging 4.6 yards per carry.
2015 JUNIOR SEASON: Played in 12 games and started the first five games of the year at running back … Ranked third on the squad in rushing with 228 yards on 59 carries and one touchdown … Added 14 catches for 118 yards … Made his first career start in the season-opening victory at Southern Miss (9/5), running eight times for 38 yards and catching four passes for 26 yards … Rushed 10 times for 30 yards and caught three passes for 37 yards vs. No. 14 LSU (9/12) … Carried the ball nine times for 55 yards and a 17-yard touchdown against Northwestern State (9/19) … Did not play against Louisiana Tech (10/17) due to back injury … Rushed for 22 yards on just three carries in the win at Arkansas (11/21).
2014 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in 12 games as a reserve running back and started twice … Also made special teams appearances on kickoff coverage … His 274 rushing yards ranked fourth on the team, while his 47 attempts ranked third … Did not play in the opener vs. Southern Miss (8/30) … Averaged 5.8 yards per rush with two rushing touchdowns … Collected 18 receiving yards on three catches for an average of 6.0 yards per catch … Rushed for a season-high 82 yards on four carries and first touchdown of the season vs. UT Martin (11/8) on a 59-yard touchdown run in the third … The 59-yard gain set a career-high … Recorded double-digit carries against Vanderbilt (11/22) and Ole Miss (11/29) with 14 and 10, respectively … Totaled 150 yards rushing on 28 carries over the last three games of the season, along with 15 receiving yards on two catches, vs. Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Georgia Tech (12/31) … Scored his final touchdown of the season on a three-yard run late in the third against Vanderbilt … Made a season-long reception of eight yards at Ole Miss.
2013 TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON: A member of the running back rotation who finished fourth on the squad with 190 rushing yards ... Played in 12 of the 13 games … Did not play against Oklahoma State … Carried 46 times and averaged 4.1 yards per carry while scoring three touchdowns ... Dangerous on second-down rushes, averaging 4.9 yards a carry with five first downs and all three TDs ... Turned both third-and-short carries (two yards or fewer) into first downs ... Added four receptions for 22 yards ... Rushed for 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Alcorn State (9/7) in first appearance ... Became the first MSU true freshman to score two touchdowns in collegiate debut since Chad Bumphis in the 2009 season opener against Jackson State ... Was the first true freshman Bulldog running back to lead the team in rushing yardage during debut since Anthony Dixon in 2006 ... One of only two true freshmen at the FBS level during the 2013 campaign to rush for 90 or more yards and score two or more touchdowns in collegiate debut (Aaron Jones/UTEP/127 yds., 2 TD) ... Scored first career touchdown on a one-yard rush in the second quarter and added another one-yard run during the third frame versus the Braves.
HIGH SCHOOL: Named the Offensive Player of the Year by the Tupelo Daily Journal ... Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... Listed as No. 3 on the Clarion-Ledger’s Most Wanted List ... The No. 20 running back in the country by Scout.com ... Ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 30 athlete in the country and fourth-best prospect in the state ... Burst onto the scene as a senior following a four-week absence due to sickness ... Helped the Indians to a 12-0 start before losing to eventual 4A state champion Noxubee County . . . Rushed 153 times for 1,796 yards, an average of 11.7 yards-per-carry, and 25 touchdowns ... Caught 15 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns while also helping the defensive side with 64 tackles and two interceptions ... Spent sophomore and junior seasons at Tupelo High School, rushing for over 2,000 yards and 23 touchdowns ... Named Class 6A First-Team All-State following sophomore year ... Began high school career with Itawamba ... A preseason member of the Clarion Ledger’s Dandy Dozen ... Chosen to Team Mississippi in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic, getting the start at running back.
PERSONAL: Born Ashton O. Shumpert on Dec. 29, 1994 … Nickname is “Shump” … Parents are Stacey Green and April Shumpert … Majoring in business administration.
SHUMPERT’S CAREER HIGHS
Rush attempts: 22, vs. Alcorn State (9-7-13)
Rush yards: 98, vs. Alcorn State (9-7-13)
Rush TDs: 2, vs. Alcorn State (9-7-13)
Long rush: 59, vs. UT Martin (11-8-13)
Receptions: 4, at Southern Miss (9-5-15)
Receiving yards: 37, vs. LSU (9-12-15)
Long reception: 18, at Auburn (9-26-15)