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#7 Mario Pender
Position: Running Back
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 204
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Cape Coral, Fla.
High School: Island Coast
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2014: Explosive and shifty backup running back who took his first career carry 11 yards for a touchdown in the season-opener against Oklahoma State... battled injuries all season, but ranked third on the Seminoles with 206 rushing yards on 41 carries (5.0 ypc)...had four rushing touchdowns...also had 10 receptions for 56 yards and a score... appeared in nine games with one start at Syracuse...rushed for 46 yards and a score to go along with three receptions for 15 yards and his first career touchdown catch against the Orange...tallied 70 yards and a score on five carries against Wake Forest, including a 56-yard rush - the longest run of the season by a Nole...had a one-yard touchdown run versus Clemson...finished with 31 yards on three carries versus Oklahoma State in the Cowboys Classic.

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 Scout.com ... rated the No. 4 running back nationally, No. 7 prospect in the state of Florida and No. 41 overall prospect nationally by 247Sports.com ... rated the No. 28 overall prospect and fifth-best running back by Scout.com... No. 4 running back nationally, No. 5 prospect in the state of Florida and No. 38 overall prospect nationally by Rivals.com...selected Florida State over Alabama, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), USF, Tennessee and West Virginia.
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