Cummings crushes it for second straight week, piles up career-high 154 yards, 2 TDs

September 19, 2021

Josh Cummings

No longer a situational player for the Western Colorado University football team, Josh Cummings of Fairbanks has developed into an every-down back.

The Mountaineers gave Cummings the ball just about every down as the senior rusher racked up 31 carries on his way to a 154-yard, 2-touchdown performance against Adams State in the 74th annual Colorado Classic.

The Alaskan scored on runs of 1 and 7 yards to power a 24-10 win that helped Western Colorado start the season 3-0 for the first time since 1980.

“Being 3-0 feels amazing,” Cummings said. “Me and my team are just having fun and doing what we know how to do and looking to keep this pace up and win our conference championship.”

Cummings has been a catalyst to the rushing attack as he leads the NCAA D2 team in carries (66), yards (318) and touchdowns (4).

Last week, he ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Before this month he had never reached the century mark in yards but now he’s done it in back-to-back games.

“My offensive line is also a huge part of my success they’ve been working extremely hard and I’m really grateful to have them,” he said.

Cummings, of West Valley High fame, has scored 12 touchdowns across his last 14 games dating back to 2019.

His role has changed over the years, going from short-yardage bulldozer in 2019 to 22-carries per game workhorse this year.

“Back in 2019 I was coming off my ACL surgery and was noticeably not at the level I wanted to be at,” Cummings said. “Since then, I have really focused on getting healthy and staying healthy in order to become an every-down back for my team and be someone they can depend on every play.”

Cummings is averaging 4.8-yards per carry, the highest clip of his career and nearly a full yard more than his 2019 average.

His 154 yards are believed to be the most by an Alaskan in a NCAA D2 game since 1998 when Anchorage’s Mike Connaker ran for 216 yards for Missouri Western.

“It feels great to be able to play at the level I’m playing at right now, to tell the truth,” Cummings said. “I think the biggest reason for my success so far this season has really been the work I’ve put in this offseason and getting my speed and strength up to new levels I haven’t been at before.”