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#7 Mario Pender
Position: Running Back
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 193
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Hometown: Cape Coral, Fla.
High School: Island Coast
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2014 Outlook: Sat out the 2013 season following a 2012 redshirt, but the former U.S. Army All-American is expected to contribute as part of the running back rotation. Stood out in the spring as an explosive and shifty runner with the strength to also be a tackle-to-tackle back. Plays with great balance and will be hungry to prove himself in his third year with the program.

2013: Did not play.

2012: Redshirt season.

PERSONAL: Selected as a U.S. Army All-American...rushed 130 times for 1,543 yards (11.9 yards per carry) and 17 touchdowns as a high school senior...named first team all-area by the Fort Myers News-Press...named to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association all-district 19 Football Team... earned Associated Press’ Class 6A all-state third team honors as a senior...rated the No. 72 player on the ESPNU 150 as well as the No. 8 running back, No. 16 player in the state of Florida and No. 38 player regionally... No. 66 on the Sporting News Top 125 of 2012... rushed for 2,261 yards and 32 touchdowns, averaging 13.87 yards per carry as a junior...has posted times of a 10.61 in the 100 meters and 22 flat in the 200 meters in track ... rated a four-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports and a five-star prospect by ... rated the No. 4 running back nationally, No. 7 prospect in the state of Florida and No. 41 overall prospect nationally by ... rated the No. 28 overall prospect and fifth-best running back by No. 4 running back nationally, No. 5 prospect in the state of Florida and No. 38 overall prospect nationally by Florida State over Alabama, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), USF, Tennessee and West Virginia.
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