David Fluellen, Jr.
University of Toledo Rockets
Lockport, New York
Lockport High School
The New York native ventured to Ohio four years ago, patiently waiting two seasons for his opportunity to be the featured back for the Rockets. To say that he seized that chance as a junior and senior would be an understatement. He exploded for 1,498 yards on the ground during in 2012, the fifth-best season total in school history. Limited to just nine games as a senior, he still managed to amass 1,121 yards.
With those two very impressive campaigns, Fluellen would become only the fifth player since the Rockets began playing football in 1917 to gain at least 1,000 yards rushing in multiple seasons. Chester Taylor rushed for 1,620 yards in 2011, adding 1,470 in 2000 after gaining 1,176 yards the previous season. Jalen Parmele tallied 1,131 yards in 2006, followed by 1,511 the next campaign. Adonis Thomas posted 1,098 yards in 2010 and 1,071 the next year. Casey McBeth was credited with 1,037 yards in 1992 and 1,053 yards two seasons later.
That late career outburst helped Fluellen close out his career as the school's fourth-leading rusher with 3,336 yards, the 12th-best total among active NCAA Football Bowl Sub-division players. He accomplished that feat on 561 carries, ninth-best by a Rocket player. His average of 5.95 yards per carry placed him behind Adonis Thomas (6.18 ypc) on the Toledo all-time record chart, as the opportunistic ball carrier delivered four 200-yard rushing performances, which tied the school record first established by Chester Taylor.
Reaching the 1,000-yard rushing plateau is "old hat" for the Rockets ball carrier. While attending Lockport High School, he ran for 1,638 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior, earning first-team All-Western New York and Class AA all-state honors. The previous season, he piled up 1,354 yards and 16 scores as a junior, making third-team All-Western New York and fourth-team all-state. The Class AA co-Player of the Year and top five finalist for New York State Player of the Year honors in 2009, he finished his career as Lockport's all-time leading rusher with 4,274 yards.
With Adonis Thomas firmly entrenched as Toledo's starting tailback upon Fluellen's arrival in 2010, the recruit was limited to nine games as the key reserve, as a knee injury would sideline him for four other contests. The true freshman managed to pick up 224 yards and a score on 38 carries, far short of his usual 1,000-yard season performances during his prep playing days.
Trying to create a spark in the backfield, Fluellen did manage to start three games as a sophomore, giving Rockets fans a brief glimpse of what his bright future would hold. He finished third on the team with 97 attempts for 493 yards (5.08 ypc), as he reached the end zone four times on the ground and twice via sixteen receptions that netted 155 yards. He also fielded eight short kicks for 84 yards as a member of the special team units.
With Adonis Thomas having graduated, Fluellen played in 12 games, missing the season finale vs. Akron with an ankle sprain. He still finished eighth in the nation with an average of 124.83 yards per game rushing, as the All-Mid American Conference first-team choice generated a career-best 1,498 yards with thirteen touchdowns on 259 chances (5.78 ypc). As a receiver out of the backfield, he placed third on the squad with 32 receptions for 246 yards, amassing 1,744 all-purpose yards as a junior.
Because he missed three full games and a good portion of a fourth with a sore ankle, back sprain and a foot sprain, Fluellen received only second-team All-MAC accolades as a senior, but he still managed to lead the team, toting the pigskin 167 times for 1,121 yards and ten touchdowns. He again ranked second on the squad with 27 catches, good for 222 yards.
Fluellen started 23-of-43 games at Toledo, including 20 of his final 21 contests, as he carried 561 times for 3,336 yards (5.95 ypc) and 28 touchdowns, adding 662 yards and a pair of scores on 80 carries (8.28 ypc)…Also fielded eight kicks for 84 yards during his sophomore season…
NCAA Career-Record Results…Among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players, Flellen ranks 12th with 3,336 yards rushing, as his average of 5.95 yards per carry and 649 total plays rank 19th among the active group…
School Career-Record Results…Fluellen finished fourth in school history with 3,336 yards on the ground, topped by Chester Taylor (4,849 yards; 1998-2001), Wasean Tait (4,338; 1993-98) and Trinity Dawson (3,474; 2002-05). The only other Rocket to reach the 3,000-yard level was Jalen Parmele (3,119; 2004-07)…His 561 carries placed ninth on the Toledo all-time record chart, as his average of 5.95 yards per carry is second-best in school annals behind Adonis Thomas (6.18 ypc; 2008-11)…Ranks fourth in Toledo history with thirteen 100-yard rushing performances, tying the school record first established by Chester Taylor (1998-2001) with four 200-yard rushing efforts…Recorded a pair of six-consecutive games where he reached 100 yards on the ground, both in 2012 and 2013, as the only players to reach the century mark in more consecutive games was Jalen Parmele (seven in 2007) and Wasean Tait (twelve in 1995)…
School Season-Record Results…As a junior, Fluellen placed fifth on the Toledo season-record list with 1,498 yards rushing, ranking behind Wasean Tait (2,090 yards in 1995), Chester Taylor (1,620 in 2001), Kelvin Farmer (1,532 in 1986) and Jalen Parmele (1,511 in 2007)…Fluellen's 2013 rushing total of 1,121 yards placed 15th on the school annual chart and he became the fifth player in school history to record multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons…His 259 carries in 2012 is the seventh-best season total by a Rocket…His average of 6.71 yards per carry as a junior is the third-best season average at Toledo behind Jim Hays (7.73 ypc; 74 attempts for 572 yards in 1950) and Emerson Cole (7.26 ypc; 160 for 1,162 yards in 1949)…
School Game-Record Results…Fluellen's 228 yards rushing vs. Buffalo in 2012 is the seventh-best game total in school history, as his 220 yards vs. Western Michigan in 2013 ranks tenth; 213 vs. Western Michigan in 2012 is fifteenth and 200 vs. Ball State in 2012 is tied for 29th on the school chart.
2010 Season…Sat out the Kent State, Ball State, Eastern Michigan and Northern Illinois contests with a knee sprain.
2012 Season…Did not play in the season finale vs. Akron due to an ankle sprain.
2013 Season…Suffered an ankle sprain vs. Eastern Washington…Left in the fourth quarter of the Navy clash with a back sprain…Missed the final three quarters vs. Bowling Green and the entire Eastern Michigan and Buffalo contests with a left ankle sprain…Did not play vs. Akron due to a foot sprain.
4.66 in the 40-yard dash…1.65 10-yard dash…2.67 20-yard dash…4.21 20-yard shuttle…
6.90 three-cone drill…36 ½-inch vertical jump…10'00" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times…33 3/8-inch arm length…9 1/8-inch hands…79 5/8-inch wingspan.
Fluellen attended Lockport (N.Y.) High School, where he ran for 1,638 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior, earning first-team All-Western New York and Class AA all-state honors…The previous season, he piled up 1,354 yards and 16 scores as a junior, making third-team All-Western New York and fourth-team all-state…The Class AA co-Player of the Year and top five finalist for New York State Player of the Year honors in 2009, he would finish his career as Lockport's all-time leading rusher with 4,274 yards.
Fluellen is a Criminal Justice major…Older brother, Jhamal Fluellen, was a running back at Syracuse and Maine…Both parents served in the U.S. Army…Son of Arletha and David Fluellen, Sr…Born David Fluellen, Jr., on 1/29/92...Resides in Lockport, New York.
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