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Jim Thorpe Honorable Mention Defensive Back of the Week (9.10.2014)

College Sports Madness Independent Defensive Player of the Week (9.8.2014)

FBS Independent Defensive Player of the Week (9.8.2014)


All-purpose yards: 16, Michigan, Sept. 6, 2014

Interceptions: 1, Michigan, Sept. 6, 2014

Long interception return: 16, Michigan, Sept. 6, 2014

Tackles: 13, at USC, Nov. 29, 2014 (9-4)

Sacks: 1.0, Stanford, Oct. 4, 2014 (1-0)

Tackles for loss: 1.0, vs. Navy, Nov. 1, 2014 (1-0); Stanford, Oct. 4, 2014 (1-0); at Michigan, Sept. 7, 2013 (1-0)

Fumbles recovered: 1, North Carolina, Oct. 11, 2014

Pass breakups: 2, at Michigan State, Sept. 15, 2012

JUNIOR SEASON (2014): Played in all 13 games and started 11 contests ... did not start vs. North Carolina (Oct. 11) or Louisville Nov. 22) ... third on the Irish with 66 tackles -- secondmost among defensive backs ... added two and a half tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, five passes defended, four PBUs, two quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery ... moved into a starting role following the injury to senior captain Austin Collinsworth two days prior to the season-opening victory over Rice (Aug. 30) ... registered three tackles and one pass breakup against the Owls ... led the Irish with a career-best 10 tackles, interception, pass breakup and quarterback hurry in the 31-0 rout of Michigan (Sept. 6) ... had an interception return for touchdown called back as time expired against the Wolverines ... collected five tackles, three solo stops, in the 30-14 victory over Purdue (Sept. 13) ... registered three solo tackles in the 31-15 victory over Syracuse (Sept. 27) ... made six tackles in the 17-14 win over No. 14 Stanford (Oct. 4) ... sacked Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan for a 16-yard loss on the final play of the three-point Irish victory ... did not start against North Carolina (Oct. 11) but finished the game third on the team with eight tackles ... recorded his first career fumble recovery in the win over the Tar Heels ... also shared on a tackle for loss against North Carolina ... returned to the starting lineup at No. 2 Florida State (Oct. 18) and made five tackles against the Seminoles ... did not start vs. Navy (Nov. 1) but registered a pair of tackles, including one for loss and one pass breakup, in the 49-39 victory over the Midshipmen ... returned to the starting lineup at No. 11 Arizona State (Nov. 8) ... made six tackles, including five solos, against the Sun Devils ... registered three tackles vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15) ... saw action against Louisville (Nov. 22) but did not record any stats ... collected a career-best 13 tackles, including nine solo stops, at USC (Nov. 29) ... had a PBU and two tackles in the 31-28 Music City Bowl victory over No. 22 LSU (Dec. 30).

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013): Saw action in nine games and started four (Sept. 7 vs. Michigan, Sept. 21 vs. Michigan State, Sept. 28 vs. Oklahoma and Oct. 5 vs. Arizona State) ... missed three games due to injury ... registered 23 total tackles, including 14 solo stops ... added one tackle for loss and one pass breakup ... made a career-best seven tackles against Oklahoma (Sept. 28) ... added five tackles against Michigan (Sept. 7) and Michigan State (Sept. 21) ... added a tackle for loss against the Wolverines ... recorded four stops in the victory over Arizona State (Oct. 5).

FRESHMAN SEASON (2012): Made appearances in all 13 games, primarily as the nickel back and also on special teams ... totaled nine tackles (seven unassisted) and broke up three passes during his rookie campaign ... finished with two tackles in the home opener against Purdue (Sept. 8) ... had three tackles (two unassisted) against Miami (Oct. 6) at Soldier Field ... tallied two solo stops against Wake Forest (Nov. 17) ... recorded one solo tackle vs. Alabama in BCS National Championship Game.

HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated 37th player nationally on SuperPrep Elite 50 squad ... listed seventh nationally among defensive backs and third-best player in New Jersey by SuperPrep ... ranked 55th on Scout 300 list and considered fourth-best safety in the nation by ... rated 103rd on 247Sports list of top prospects nationally ... ranked the sixth-best safety in the nation and fourth-best prospect from New Jersey by 247Sports ... listed 113th on Rivals250 ... ranked eighth-best defensive back in nation and fourth-best recruit in New Jersey by ... rated number-136 player nationally and ninth-best safety in his class by MaxPreps and Tom Lemming ... listed the 14th-best safety nationally by ESPNU ... rated number-four player in New Jersey in Newark Star-Ledger The Ledger 50 listing ... played defensive back and running back for Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, New Jersey, in 2011 ... first-team all-state pick on defense by Star-Ledger ... first team selection on Star-Ledger all-Non-Public squad ... first-team all-Suburban by Bergen Record ... scored 14 rushing TDs on 60 attempts for 361 yards and averaged more than six yards per carry as a senior running back ... helped Don Bosco to sixth straight New Jersey SIAA Non-Public Group 4 title, with Don Bosco finishing the 2011 season as the top-rated high school team in the country according to USA Today ... had 41 tackles and two interceptions in 2011 ... returned an interception 21 yards for a score as Don Bosco defeated Bergen Catholic 42-14 in 2011 New Jersey title game for final 11-0 mark ... made 67 tackles, five sacks, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and an interception as a junior in 2010 ... played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio ... also a track standout who ran 49.6 leg on championship 4x400 relay squad ... coached by Greg Toal at Don Bosco Prep High School ... son of Maurice and Debra Shumate ... enrolled in College of Arts and Letters, majoring in film, television and theatre.

Shumate's Career Statistics

2012 13-0 9 7 2 0.0-0 0.0-0 0 0 0
2013 9-4 23 14 9 1.0-4 0.0-0 0 0 0
2014 13-10 66 41 25 2.5-18 1.0-16 0 1 0
TOTAL 35-14 98 62 36 3.5-22 1.0-16 0 1 0

Elijah Shumate
Elijah  Shumate


East Orange, NJ

High School:
Don Bosco Prep

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 224


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