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40   Rich Demers
Rich Demers

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
East Boston, Mass.

High School:
Bridgton (Maine) Academy

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 225

Position:
FB


2004 UPDATE

• Starting fullback, who has also seen time at tailback.

• Has played 10 games, starting eight, picking up 182 yards on 44 carries.

• Had at least one catch in first six games this season.

• Overall, has 17 receptions for 108 yards.

• Ran for 33 yards on seven rushes and snagged one catch for a season-best 14 yards vs. Hofstra (11/20).

• Returned to action at Northeastern (11/6) with three carries for 10 yards.

• Sat out Maine game (10/30) with illness.

• Best game of year came at Rhode Island (10/23), as he rushed nine times for 42 yards and a touchdown. Also caught a five-yard touchdown pass. It was his third multi-score career game.

• Caught six balls for 28 yards at James Madison (10/9). Reception total was career-best in a single-game.

• Carried seven times for 23 yards vs. Richmond (9/18).

• Ran for 48 yards on eight carries vs. Colgate (9/11)

• Started at tailback at Delaware State (9/4) and finished with 21 yards in four carries.

• Transferred to UMass from UMass Lowell after the school dropped football in spring 2003.

• In two seasons with the River Hawks, rushed for 752 yards on 144 carries.

• Name pronounced: DUH-mers

2004 OUTLOOK

Will compete with Steve Wysocki for the starting spot at fullback ... Also has the ability to contribute at tailback ... Transferred from UMass-Lowell prior to the start of the 2003 season ... Has played in 13 career games, starting five times.

2003: One of the top fullbacks for the Minutemen ... Also saw some action at tailback ... Played in all 13 games, making five starts ... Rushed for 664 yards and five touchdowns on 125 carries ... Also caught 30 passes for 222 yards and five scores ... Ranked second on the team in rushing yards, third in scoring (62 points on 10 touchdowns and a two-point conversion) and and fourth in receptions ... Totaled 891 all-purpose yards, third most on the team ... Named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Week and Dinn Brothers UMass Athlete of the Week following the William & Mary game, in addition to winning the New England Gold Helmet Award ... Rushed 26 times for 171 yards and two touchdowns in the victory at William & Mary, while catching three passes for 26 yards ... Ran 28 times for 139 yards and a pair of scores in the win over Hofstra, in addition to posting a season-best five receptions for 21 yards ... Had 18 carries for 128 yards in the victory over Richmond, while catching two passes for 11 yards and a score ... Totaled 60 yards from scrimmage in the win over Rhode Island, rushing six times for 40 yards and a touchdown and catching a pass for 20 yards ... Rushed 10 times for 43 yards at Delaware ... Ran nine times for 28 yards in the victory over Northeastern, while posting three receptions for 26 yards and a score, and adding another catch for a two-point conversion ... Totaled four catches for 34 yards and a touchdown in the victory over New Hampshire, while rushing nine times for 51 yards ... Rushed three times for 41 yards in the win over James Madison, while catching two passes for eight yards and a score ... Had two catches for 21 yards and a touchdown in the victory at Maine.

Before UMass: Spent two years at UMass-Lowell, before the school dropped its football program in the spring of 2003 ... Totaled 752 yards rushing on 144 carries during his two seasons with the River Hawks ... Rushed 62 times for 323 yards and four touchdowns during the 2002 season ... Had 82 carries for 429 yards in 2001 ... Redshirted during the 2000 campaign ... Played one season for coach Rick Marcella at Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine ... Prior to that, played at East Boston High School, where he earned All-Conference honors ... Named team MVP during his senior season at East Boston, when he also served as team captain.

Personal: Full name is Richard W. Demers ... Majoring in Sociology.

Career Statistics AT UMASS (Rushing) Year GP No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg. 2003 13/5 125 664 5.3 5 38 2004 10/8 44 182 4.1 1 21 Totals 23/13 162 846 5.2 6 38

Career Statistics AT UMASS (Receiving) Year GP No. Yds. Avg. TD Lg. 2003 13/5 30 222 7.4 5 25 2004 10/8 17 108 6.4 1 14 Totals 23/13 47 316 6.7 6 25

CAREER HIGHS Carries: 28 vs. Hofstra (10/18/03) Rushing Yards: 171 at William & Mary (10/11/03) Long Rush: 38 vs. Hofstra (10/18/03) Rushing Touchdowns: 2 two times ( last vs. Hofstra, 10/18/03) Receptions: 6 at James Madison (10/9/04) Receiving Yards: 44 at Villanova (10/25/03) Long Reception: 25 at Villanova (10/25/03)

100-Yard Games: 3 (last vs.Richmond, 11/8/03) Two-Touchdown Games: 3 (last at Rhode Island, 10/23/04)

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