BUMPUS' HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Coached by Tom Salter at Culver City High School...lettered in four different sports for the Centaurs, including football, basketball, soccer, and baseball...as a JUNIOR hauled in 75 passes for 1,081 yards and 11 touchdowns...also recorded two interceptions and was Culver City's punter, maintaining a near 40-yard average...as a SENIOR helped Culver City to a 9-2-1 record...played wide receiver until the third game of the season, then took over at quarterback due to injuries...rushed for 800 yards, passed for 160, and had 170 receiving yards...recorded 13 touchdowns overall...named the Southern Section's Division X offensive player of the year...rated the No. 15 wide receiver nationally by TheInsiders.com...rated No. 11 in TheInsiders.com West Coast Hot 100...represented California in the annual CaliFlorida All-Star Game...a member of the Long Beach Press-Telegram's "Best in the West" first team.
BUMPUS' WSU CAREER FRESHMAN (2004-05): V-letter...Games - 11...Starts - 7...earned the following weekly team awards: Pac-10 Offense - USC; Pac-10 Special Teams - New Colorado/Oregon/Stanford/ASU, Gamebreaker - Oregon/Stanford/ASU. Special Teams: Punt returns.
Named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference second team as a punt return specialist;
Picked to the Rivals.com Freshman All-America team as a utility player and to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team by The Sporting News as both a return specialist and a wide receiver;
Ranked 33rd nationally and second in the Pac-10, averaging 11.50 yards per punt return;
Finished the year with a freshman record 391 punt return yards, fourth on WSU's all-time list...his 34 returns ranked fifth, his 11.5 return average ninth;
Two punt returns for TD's is second on WSU's single season and career list, one short of the record;
Caught his first pass in the opener and had two receptions at New Mexico;
Started returning punts against Colorado with six for 61 yards...had seven returns for 58 yards at Arizona;
Moved into the starting lineup against Oregon in the fifth game and caught two passes;
Returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown against the Ducks, WSU's first return for a TD since 1997;
Made five receptions against both Stanford and Oregon State...at OSU rushed three times for 33 yards on end-around plays;
Caught a season high six passes against #1 ranked USC, including a 24-yard TD grab;
Made five receptions in each of the last two games and had 26 catches in the last five games;
Returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown against ASU, the sixth longest in WSU history. SOPHOMORE- (2005-06): V-Letter...Games - 7...Starts - 7...earned the following weekly team awards: Cougar Claw Offense - Idaho; Pac-10 Special Teams POW nominee - Nevada; Gamebreaker - Nevada. Special Teams: Punt Return, PAT/FG:
Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention;
Suffered an high ankle sprain at California and missed the final four games;
Set a school record with an 87-yard punt return at Nevada;
His 157 punt return yards at Nevada ranked second on the WSU all-time list;
Best outing as a receiver was a career best nine receptions at Oregon State for 132 yards;
Had eight catches for 88 yards and a touchdown in season-opener against Idaho. JUNIOR- (2006-07): V-letter...Games 11...Starts 10...All-Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention...WSU's offensive co-MVP winner...received the following single-game team awards: WSU's Pac-10 nomination on offense for play against Baylor and USC...WSU's Pac-10 nomination on special teams for play against UCLA, Gamebreaker Award/UCLA...Special Teams: Punt Return:
Finished with 60 receptions for 558 yards and one touchdown to lead all Cougar receivers;
Led the team with 13 punt returns for 72 yards;
Among all Pac-10 players, ranked tied for fourth in receptions per game, 5.00, and seventh in punt returns, 5.5;
Nationally ranked tied for 36th in receptions per game;
Earned WSU's Pac-10 nomination for offensive POW for play against Baylor;
WSU's Pac-10 nominee for offensive POW after 11-catch performance against USC;
Caught a career-high 11 passes against USC, just one short of the WSU single-game record of 12...his 112 receiving yards was the second best of his career;
Became the man of the hour at UCLA, volunteering at halftime to punt after Darryl Blunt became ill and Loren Langley pulled a quad muscle...had punts of 35 and 36 yards in the second half of WSU's win;
Suffered a high ankle sprain in the second quarter against Arizona and did not play the rest of the game, nor at ASU the next week;
Returned for the final game against Washington and in limited action caught five passes.
Michael Leron Bumpus...born Dec. 13, 1985 at Honolulu, Hawaii...parents Mark and Renee Bumpus...father Mark is a retired Marine...cousin Larry Bumpus played football at Oregon State...enjoys writing lyrics and producing music...social sciences major.