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Josh Rue
Josh Rue

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Pittsburgh, Pa.

High School:
Gateway

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 245

Position:
Running Back / Defensive End

Birthdate:
08/19/1979



2001 First Team All-MAAC
2000 Second Team All-MAAC
1999 MAAC co-Offensive Rookie of the Year

Multi-talented athlete who has run for 25 touchdowns, caught five scoring passes and thrown a TD pass in his first three seasons as a Duke ... added another dimension to his game as a third down pass rush specialist two years ago, and brings 7.0 career sacks into his senior campaign ... is one of the most dominating players in the MAAC ... will continue to see action at defensive end as well as fullback this season ... finished the regular season with four consecutive 100-yard rushing games, giving him six for his career

As a junior (2001): Carried 122 times for 916 yards and 12 TDs ... his 7.51 yards per carry average was just shy of the NCAA Division I-AA record of 7.52 set by Adrian Peterson of Georgia Southern in 1998 ... does not appear on the NCAA list because he didn't meet the 200 carry minimum needed to qualify ... became just the 10th player in I-AA history to top 400 all-purpose yards in a game when he amassed 409 yards in DU's 63-15 win over Canisius (317 rushing, 62 receiving and 30 via kickoff return) ... his 317 rushing yards on 31 carried shattered the school mark of 290 yards set by Donte Small in 2000 vs. Georgetown ... the 409 all-purpose yards eclipsed the previous record of 322 set by Mike Haines at St. John's in 1992 ... finished the year with seven receptions for 115 yards and two TDs ... also returned 10 kickoffs for 197 yards ... in addition to the record-setting 317-yard rushing performance vs. Canisius (including TD runs of 2, 86 and 7 yards), he also had 102 yards and one TD (9) at Marist, 103 yards and two TDs (4, 9) on 13 carries at Fairfield and 158 yards and three TDs (2, 42, 2) on 16 carries vs. Siena ... defensively, he continued to be a disruptive force ... posted his first sack of the season at Butler and also added a tackle for loss vs. the Bulldogs ... followed that with a four-yard interception return for a touchdown to tie the Georgetown game at 13-13 with 3:46 to go, only to see the Hoyas block the extra point and return it for two points ... he then recovered a Georgetown fumble near midfield to give the Dukes one last chance, but after gaining one first down, DU turned it over on downs enabling Georgetown to run out the clock ... finished second on the team with four sacks in his limited duty in long-yardage situations ... had his top sack day on Oct. 20 vs. La Salle when he posted two for -20 yards

As a sophomore (2000): Played in all 11 games with eight starts at fullback ... finished second on the team with 565 yards rushing on 86 carries (6.6 ypc.) ... scored six TDs on the ground including a spectacular tackle-breaking 65-yard jaunt vs. Iona ... topped 100 yards on the ground twice with eight carries for 119 yards vs. Iona and 17 carries for a career-high 140 yards at Canisius ... scored a pair of rushing touchdowns in the season-opener at VMI ... caught three passes for 67 yards including a 36-yard TD vs. Marist ... made his debut as a defensive end in the fifth game of the season at Bucknell ... finished the year with seven tackles (6 solo) including four tackles for loss (-30 yards) and 3.0 sacks (-20 yards) as a pass rush specialist ... also recovered a fumble

As a freshman (1999): Was one of the top impact newcomers in the MAAC ... ranked second on the team with 54 carries for 187 yards and seven touchdowns as the Dukes short-yardage specialist ... earned MAAC co-Offensive Rookie of the Year honors ... was named MAAC Rookie of the Week after gaining 54 yards on 10 carries with three rushing touchdowns (14, 13, 5) vs. St. Peter's ... also threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Foster in the Dukes' 51-6 win over the Peacocks ... carried eight times for 34 yards and one score at Bucknell ... finished the year with four receptions for 46 yards

Personal: Full name is Joshua J. Rue ... major: professional studies ... date of birth: 8/19/79

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