2011 Big School Offensive Player of the Year – Rushel Shell, HopewellWritten by: David Mika on Monday, January 2nd, 2012
The Keystone State has seen two backs surpass the 9,000-yard mark in rushing yardage for a career in the last handful of years, but it may be quite a while before the state ever sees another back put up the numbers that Hopewell’s Rushel Shell did.
While Shell’s career ended devoid of a WPIAL football championship, he did plenty of things that made folks around the nation pay attention. Shell, who ran for 2,315 yards and 27 touchdowns in his senior season, finished his career with a whopping 9,078 yards on 1,107 carries, capping a third consecutive season with at least 2,300 rushing yards and more than 25 touchdowns scored.
The Viking senior averaged 210.5 yards per game on the ground (for his career, Shell averaged 197.3 yards rushing per game). He assumed the title of Pennsylvania’s all-time leading rusher in the WPIAL quarterfinals against Franklin Regional and finished with the No. 2 total of career carries in state history, trailing only Ryan Brumfield of Owen J. Roberts (1,177). Shell ran for 100 yards or more in 39 consecutive games, setting a new national record formerly held by Billy Sims.
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