Nov. 29, 2004
PULLMAN, Wash. --- Washington State's Michael Bumpus was among 54 student-athletes named to the Rivals.com Freshman All-America team announced Monday.
Bumpus earned first team honors as a utility player. The Culver City, Calif., native piled up 740 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns in his first season as a Cougar. Bumpus hauled in 35 passes for 318 yards, recorded 391 punt return yards and 31 rushing yards.
"This is a tremendous honor for Michael," WSU Head Coach Bill Doba said. "His versatility was a major asset for us this season and obviously will continue to be down the road. He has been a huge addition to the program on and off the field."
Bumpus' 391 punt return yards marked the fourth-best single season total in school history, while his 11.5-yard average was good for second in the Pac-10.
Bumpus recorded just one reception in Washington State's first three games in 2004, but responded with at least two in the Cougars' final eight contests. Over the final six games he had at least four catches, including a season-high six against USC. Bumpus reached the end zone twice on punt returns, taking a punt 52 yards against Oregon and 76 yards at Arizona State.
The Pac-10 was represented well with USC's Sam Baker and Dwayne Jarrett, Arizona State's Zach Miller, and Arizona's Antoine Cason joining Bumpus on the first team.