Rushel Shell – One-year starter who finished second on the team with 514 rushing yards and five touchdowns on 113 carries in 2016. Carried 161 times for 708 yards and eight scores as a junior. Led the Mountaineers with 176 carries for 788 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014 after redshirting in 2013 following a transfer from Pitt, where he rushed for 641 yards and four touchdowns as a true freshman.
Strong short-yardage ball carrier who plays faster than his 40 time. Runs hard on the inside, keeps his feet moving and drives his shoulders through defenders. Picks up yardage off initial contact or falls forward when tackled. Possesses a burst through the hole, works runs and uses an effective straight arm to keep defenders away. Solid pass catcher out of the backfield, nicely adjusting to the errant throw and making the reception in stride.
Not a creative runner who can make something out of nothing. Lacks the ability to beat defenders into the open field. Cannot create yardage when the ball is in his hands.
Shell is a solid between-the-tackles and short-yardage ball carrier who can be used on third down or in goalline situations and occasionally get out into the flanks as a pass catcher.