Rudell Small named one of the top 10 running backs in the FCS
Entering his senior season, Rudell Small has already established himself as the best running back in the history of JU football.

On Wednesday, he was named among the nation’s top 10 running backs in the Football Championship Subdivision by The Sports Network, which administers the Walter Payton Award – the Heisman Trophy equivalent for the FCS level.

“This is great recognition of what Rudell has done in his career and how far our program has come,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “Rudell has proven to be invaluable to our program – both as a player and as a leader.”

Small has racked up a 2,928 rushing yards in his career, by far the most in JU history in just three seasons. His junior season saw him put up 1,074 yards, averaging 5.5 yards per carry with nine touchdowns.

He is JU’s all-time leader in touchdowns with 33, racking up a school-record 31 rushing touchdowns, and owns the school record for most in a game with five in his first start against UNC-Pembroke in 2007.

Entering the 2010 campaign, Small is fourth among active running backs in career rushing yards and is third in rushing touchdowns.

A two-time all-Pioneer Football League selection, he is the first Dolphin to record back-to-back 1,000 yard rushing seasons. In his stellar career, he has put together 12 100-yard outings, going for a career-best 217 yards at Davidson in 2008.

While his individual numbers are impressive, Small has been a large part of the Dolphins rise to prominence. He racked up more than 1,300 rushing yards in 2008, leading JU to a 9-4 record and the program’s first PFL title. Last year, he helped take JU to its second straight winning season – another first in program history.