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Vashon Pearson

Vashon  Pearson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Ripley, Miss.

High School:
High

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 205

Position:
RB

Birthdate:
01/23/1983

Experience:
3L

2004: Saw action in all 11 games ... Made seven starts at running back ... Led team with 807 yards rushing on 158 carries with three TDs ... Ranked ninth in the SEC in rushing, averaging 73.4 yards per game ... Also had seven receptions for 88 yards to record a team-best 895 all-purpose yards ... Awarded his third letter ... vs. Memphis (9/4): Tallied 67 yards from scrimmage, rushing 14 times for 60 yards and catching one pass for seven yards ... Scored on a five-yard run in the fourth quarter ... vs. Vanderbilt (9/18): Recorded his first career 100-yard rushing game, netting 111 yards on 17 carries ... Scored on a 54-yard TD run in the first quarter to give the Rebels a 10-3 lead in the 26-23 overtime victory ... at Wyoming (9/25): Registered his second straight 100-yard rushing game, netting a career-high 139 yards on 21 carries ... Also had one reception for eight yards to record a career-best 147 all purpose yards ... vs. Arkansas State (10/2): Rushed for 129 yards on a career-high 24 carries, with a long of 30, to record his third straight 100-yard rushing effort ... Was the first Ole Miss back to record three straight 100-yard rushing games since Deuce McAllister (1997-2000) registered five straight in 1999 ... Named Quarterback Club Offensive Player of the Week ... at South Carolina (10/9): Netted 96 yards rushing on 21 carries, with a long of 17 ... Scored on a 17-yard TD run in the second quarter to extend the Rebels' lead to 21-7 in the 31-28 win over the 25th-ranked Gamecocks ... vs. Tennessee (10/16): Rushed 13 times for 31 yards ... Had a career-high 45 yards receiving on two receptions, tying his career high ... Had a career-long 32-yard reception from Ethan Flatt in the third quarter ... at LSU (11/20): Rushed for 86 yards on nine carries, with a long of 37 ... Named Quarterback Club Offensive Player of the Week ... vs. Mississippi State (11/27): Totaled 94 yards from scrimmage, rushing 20 times for 81 yards and catching one pass for 13 yards ... SPRING 2004: Talented running back who is an explosive runner with a lot of natural ability ... Has great speed and size, and is one of the hardest working guys on the football field ... Ended spring as the starter at tailback and showed some leadership among the running backs ... Fast player who can also run inside ... Vision as a runner continues to improve and made some nice cuts to daylight during spring workouts ... Led all rushers in the Red-Blue Game with 71 yards on 13 carries and had one TD run of one yard ... Also caught one pass for 21 yards in spring game.

2003: Played in 12-of-13 games ... Did not play versus South Carolina (11/1) ... Rushed for 398 yards on 94 carries and tied for the team-high with four rushing TDs ... Had seven receptions for 80 yards and returned three kickoffs for 77 yards ... Earned his second letter ... at Vanderbilt (8/30): Carried six times for seven yards ... Scored on a one-yard TD run in the third quarter to tie the game at 14-14 ... Also returned one kickoff for a career-long 31 yards ... vs. Texas Tech (9/27): Rushed five times for a career-high 66 yards, and broke a career-long 61-yard run in the fourth quarter ... at Florida (10/4): Carried a season-high 12 times for 48 yards in the 20-17 upset of No. 24 Florida ... Scored the game-winning TD on a one-yard run with 1:10 remaining in the game ... vs. Arkansas State (10/11): Gained 34 yards rushing on eight carries, including scoring on a one-yard run to score Ole Miss' first points in a 55-0 win ... Tied a career-high with two receptions for 16 yards ... vs. Alabama (10/18): Tied a season-high with 12 carries for 39 yards and had one reception for 19 yards ... vs. Arkansas (10/25): Gained a game-high 43 yards rushing on eight carries ... Earned Offensive Player of the Week honors from the Quarterback Club ... at Mississippi State (11/27): Rushed five times for 17 yards and caught one pass for a career-long 22 yards ... Cotton Bowl (1/2): Rushed 12 times for 42 yards and caught one pass for nine yards in the 31-28 win over Oklahoma State in the 2004 SBC Cotton Bowl Classic ... Spring 2003: Had 83 yards rushing on 15 carries in Red-Blue spring game.

2002: Played in 11-of-13 games ... Did not play at Texas Tech (9/14) or at Georgia (11/9) ... Drew starts versus Florida (10/5) and Arkansas State (10/12) ... Earned his first letter ... Carried 78 times for 236 yards with a team-high five rushing TDs ... Also had six receptions for 37 yards with a TD ... vs. UL-Monroe (8/31): Rushed nine times for 36 yards in his first career game ... Also caught one pass for 12 yards and was credited with one special teams tackle ... vs. Memphis (9/7): Had 10 carries for 40 yards and scored his first career TD on a 15-yard reception from Eli Manning in the fourth quarter to put the Rebels' up 31-16 ... Also had one solo special teams tackle ... vs. Vanderbilt (9/21): Rushed for 37 yards on 10 carries and scored two TDs ... Scored first career rushing TD on a 3-yard run in the first quarter, and later added a 5-yard run in the third ... Scored the two-point conversion following his 5-yard run on an Eli Manning pass ... vs. Florida (10/5): Carried a career-high 19 times for a career-high 47 yards, including a career-long 13-yard run, while making his first career start ... Scored on a four-yard run with 12:41 left in the third quarter to pull the Rebels within 14-10 ... Also added a career-high two receptions ... Selected as the Quarterback Club's Offensive Player of the Week ... vs. Arkansas State (10/12): Tied a career-high with 47 yards rushing on 14 carries ... Rushed for a career-high two TDs, scoring on a six-yard run and a one-yard run ... vs. Auburn (11/2): Tied a career high with two receptions for 10 yards.

2001: Did not see action and was redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: Selected first team All-State in Class 3A as well as Offensive Player of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Coaches ... Also named first team All-State by The Clarion-Ledger ... All-Division selection ... Made The Clarion-Ledger's Top 40 List ... Named Northeast Mississippi Player of the Year by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal ... Selected to play in the 2001 Bernard Blackwell Classic, the Mississippi High School All-Star Game ... Rushed for 2,607 yards on 343 carries and 32 TDs during senior season as Ripley finished 13-2, losing in Class 3A state finals ... Averaged 7.6 yards per carry ... Had 41 carries against Shannon ... As a junior, rushed for 1,931 yards and 32 TDs ... Scored 13 TDs sophomore season, giving him 77 TDs in prep career ... Coached in high school by Terry Allen ... Earned four letters in football and three in track.

PERSONAL: Son of Janet Christian and Sam Pearson; Stepfather is Johnny Christian ... Full name is Vashon Samuel Pearson ... Born: January 23, 1983 ... Majoring in Sociology.

PEARSON'S CAREER STATISTICS
--RUSHING--

Year G-S Att Yds TD Lg Avg.
2002 11-2 78 236 5 13 3.0
2003 12-0 94 398 4 61 4.2
2004 11-7 158 807 3 54 5.1
Total 34-9 330 1441 12 61 4.4

--RECEIVING--

Year G-S Rec Yds TD Lg Avg.
2002 11-2 6 37 1 15 6.2
2003 12-0 7 80 0 22 11.4
2004 11-7 7 88 0 32 12.6
Total 34-9 20 205 1 32 10.2

--KICKOFF RETURNS--

Year G Ret Yds TD Lg Avg.
2003 12 3 77 0 31 25.7
Total 34 3 77 0 31 25.7

--ALL PURPOSE YARDS--

Year G Rush Rec PR KR Total Avg./G
2002 11 236 37 0 0 273 21.5
2003 12 398 80 0 77 555 46.2
2004 11 807 88 0 0 895 81.4
Total 34 1441 205 0 77 1723 50.7

--SPECIAL TEAMS TACKLES--

Year G UT AT TT
2002 11 2 0 2
Total 34 2 0 2

PEARSON'S CAREER HIGHS
RUSHING ATTEMPTS: 24, vs. Arkansas State (10/2/2004)
RUSHING YARDS: 139, at Wyoming (9/25/2004)
LONGEST RUSH: 61, vs. Texas Tech (9/27/2003)
RUSHING TDs: 2, vs. Vanderbilt (9/21/2002) and vs. Arkansas State (10/12/2002)
CAREER 100-YARD RUSHING GAMES: 3x, MR: vs. Arkansas State (10/2/2004)
RECEPTIONS: 2, 4x, MR: vs. Tennessee (10/16/2004)
RECEIVING YARDS: 45, vs. Tennessee (10/16/2004)
LONG RECEPTION: 32, vs. Tennessee (10/16/2004)
TD RECEPTIONS: 1, vs. Memphis (9/7/2002)
CONSECUTIVE GAMES W/RECPT: 4, 11/22/2003-9/4/2004
KICKOFF RETURNS: 1, 3x, MR: vs. Louisiana-Monroe (9/13/2003)
KICKOFF RETURN YARDS: 31, at Vanderbilt (8/30/2003)
LONG RETURN: 31, at Vanderbilt (8/30/2003)
ALL-PURPOSE YARDS: 147, at Wyoming (9/25/2004)
ALL-PURPOSE PLAYS: 22, at Wyoming (9/25/2004)
TOUCHDOWNS: 2, twice, vs. Vanderbilt (9/21/2002) and vs. Arkansas State (10/12/2002)

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