2012: Redshirt junior ... One of Northwestern's top offensive weapons out of the backfield ... Eight career touchdowns ... Rushed for 349 yards on 76 carries (4.6 ypr) ... Carried the ball four times in his first game back from injury vs. Syracuse ... Four rushing attempts and one reception against Vanderbilt ... Broke out for 106 rushing yards on 16 carries (6.6 ypc) against Boston College, including a 27-yard game-clinching TD run with under two minutes to play ... It was his third career 100-yard rushing game and first since Nov. 20, 2010 ... Rushed four times for 10 yards in limited action vs. South Dakota ... Went for 87 yards on 14 attempts against Indiana, the same game in which Kain Colter and Venric Mark each ran for more than 130 yards ... Caught three passes for 28 yards to go along with three rushing attempts at Penn State ... One rush at Minnesota ... Ran the ball six times against Nebraska, including a 4-yard TD rush ... Two carries for 28 yards against Iowa ... At Michigan, rushed four times for 42 yards and caught one pass for 13 yards ... Recorded seven carries for 13 yards at Michigan State ... Eight carries for 35 yards and a touchdown vs. Illinois ... Three carries for seven yards in TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl win vs. Mississippi State ... Academic All-Big Ten.
2011: Redshirt sophomore ... Suffered a season-ending knee injury (ACL) in the second half of the Oct. 1 game at Illinois ... Underwent successful surgery on Oct. 13 ... Was the game's leading rusher (63 yards on 12 carries) when he was forced to exit in the third quarter ... Led NU's ground game at Boston College, rushing for 85 yards and a TD ... Had a game- and season-long 34 yard scamper against BC ... Sat out (head injury) the Eastern Illinois game ... Came back to play at Army, totaling 34 rushing yards on 8 carries ... Leads team in yards per carry average (5.2) ... Has 649 career rushing yards and 5 career TD's ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2010: Played in 11 games before suffering a season-ending wrist injury against Illinois ... Started four games at running back ... Team's leading rusher with 530 yards on 116 attempts (4.6 ypc) ... Set a career high with 129 rushing yards on 13 carries vs. Illinois, including an 80-yard touchdown run that was NU's longest run from scrimmage since 1986 and the eighth-longest scamper in school history ... Added a second rushing touchdown (2 yards) and 12 receiving yards against the Illini ... Against Iowa, rushed 15 times for 51 yards and set career highs with five receptions for 55 yards ... Gained 43 rushing yards on 14 carries and 36 receiving yards on three catches at Penn State ... At Indiana, rushed for 110 yards on 21 carries while adding 54 yards receiving ... It marked NU's first 100-yard rushing game by an individual since Tyrell Sutton in the 2008 Alamo Bowl (21 games) ... His 164 all-purpose yards at Indiana set a single-game individual high ... Team's leading rusher with 50 yards on 10 carries vs. Michigan State ... Carried nine times for 23 yards against Purdue ... At Minnesota, recorded 53 rushing yards on 13 carries ... Gained 53 yards on 12 rushing attempts against Central Michigan, coming into the game on NU's first offensive series of the second half ... Two carries for three yards at Rice ... Scored his first career touchdown vs. Illinois State, rushing seven times for 15 yards against the Redbirds ... Named team's offensive player of the week vs. Michigan State, Indiana and Illinois.
2009: Did not see action ... Named team's offensive practice player of the week vs. Purdue.
High School:Rivals.com All-Region and SuperPrep All-Midwest Region honoree ... Ranked the 14th-best player (first among running backs) by Rivals.com in Illinois player ranking and 67th-best prospect in the Midwest (six states) by SuperPrep ... Ranked 25th nationally among running backs by Tom Lemming and 51st nationally among running backs by Rivals.com ... Named a Tom Lemming Top Player ... Rushed for 2,741 career yards and 32 touchdowns ... Totaled a conference-best 1,664 yards and 19 TD's his junior season ... Two-time Chicago Sun-Times and Daily Herald All-Area selection ... Chicago Tribune 2008 special mention all-stater ... 2007 team MVP ... Two-time All-DuPage Valley Conference honoree ... Had some of his top career performances against some of Illinois' top teams: 178 yards vs. 2007 Class 8A champ Naperville North, 234 yards and two TD's vs. 2007 8A runner-up Glenbard North and 161 yards vs. 2007 Class 7A runner-up Wheaton Warrenville ... Also had a prep-best 266 yards (19 carries) and 3 TD's vs. Addison Trail and 230 yards and 2 TD's vs. 2007 Class 7A state champ Lake Zurich ... Helped lead the Falcons to state playoff appearances in both 2007 and '08 ... Also an outstanding track athlete for Wheaton North ... Two-time all-state selection who is a four-time state medalist and 10-time sectional medalist ... Has top times of 10.59 (100 meters) and 14.13 (110 hurdles) ... Tabbed Wheaton North's 2009 top male athlete ... Four-year Honor Roll student ... Four-time academic all-conference honoree in both football and track ... Placed third in 110-meter high hurdles at the 2009 Illinois state meet ... Coached by Joe Wardynski (2008) and Matt Foster (2005-07).
Personal: Born Michael Danner Trumpy ... Son of Dave and Beth Trumpy ... Nephew of Bob Trumpy, former tight end with the Cincinnati Bengals and a four-time All-Pro player ... Prep teammate with current NU offensive lineman Nick Adamle ... Majoring in communication studies.
The Trumpy File
Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned? A: It is important to face adversity with a positive attitude. Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is: A: I have never had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester on the team and why? A: Mike Bolden Q: Best part about being a Northwestern football player is: A: We have fun while working hard Q: Describe Coach Fitzgerald in five words or less: A: Energetic Q: Describe your position coach in five words or less: A: Intense Q: Most humbling experience: A: Being offered a scholarship to play football at Northwestern University Q: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement and why? A: My greatest achievement was being offered a scholarship to play football at Northwestern University. It has always been a dream of mine to play football in the Big Ten and Northwestern is the perfect fit for me. Q: The best book I have ever read is and why? A: Green Eggs and Ham Q: The person that inspires me the most is: A: My Dad Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be: A: Barry Sanders and Mike Alstott Q: My favorite pregame ritual is: A: Listening to music Q: My favorite food is: A: Any kind of red meat Q: Best thing about Northwestern is: A: Proximity to Chicago Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be: A: Running an opposing player over for a touchdown Q: My favorite television show is and why? A: The Office and Entourage Q: If I were not playing football, I would be: A: Running track in college Q: The three words that best describe me: A: Hungry, Hyper, Hardworking Q: If the Big Ten expands in the future, pick one school you'd like to see added and why? A: Notre Dame Q: Which FORMER NU football student-athlete has had the most impact on your Wildcat career and why? A: Nick Adamle. He opened my eyes to the program and got me interested in what Northwestern has to offer.