Burst on to the scene last season as one of the college football's premier players ... in his first season as a full-time starter and replacing arguably the best player in NCAA Division I FCS history in Armanti Edwards at quarterback for the Mountaineers, all Presley did was become only the fourth player in FCS history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season (joining Edwards in the exclusive club), finish third in voting for the Walter Payton Award, become ASU's sixth Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year in seven seasons and lead the Mountaineers to their record-tying sixth-straight SoCon championship and the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Football Championship ... unlike last season when he entered fall camp in a battle with Jamal Jackson for assignment to replace Edwards as ASU's signal-caller, Presley is an unquestioned team leader as well as the front-runner to bring a third Payton Award in four years and seventh SoCon Offensive Player of the Year award in eight years to the High Country ... like Edwards before him, Presley is a perfect fit to direct ASU's spread offense ... possesses game-breaking speed, terrific quickness, a strong and accurate passing arm and, perhaps most importantly, great decision-making abilities ... displays charisma and class off the field that has made him a popular figure on campus, in the community and across college football.
Presley, who finished third in voting for the Walter Payton Award (nation's top NCAA Division I FCS player) as a quarterback as a junior in 2010, has been invited to the combine as a defensive back. The 5-11, 180-pounder was one of college football's most versatile performers as a senior in 2011, beginning the season as Appalachian's starting quarterback for five games before suffering a shoulder injury that caused him to miss one contest before finishing the season playing a wide range of positions including quarterback, wide receiver, cornerback and kickoff and punt returner. He concluded the spectacular campaign with 812 passing yards and four touchdown passes, 163 rushing yards and four scores, five receptions for 66 yards, 204 yards on nine kickoff returns, one punt return for three yards, 17 tackles (12 solo), one-and-a-half tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two pass break-ups. Last month, Presley made three tackles and returned four punts for 75 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown, to help lead his North squad to a 51-3 victory in the Battle of Florida all-star game in Boca Raton, Fla.
Won the starting quarterback job in an open competition with redshirt freshman Jamal Jackson during fall camp ... in 13 games, totaled 3,670 yards of offense (good for fourth nationally, fourth in school history and sixth in Southern Conference history) and was responsible for 35 touchdowns (tied for third nationally and good for third in school history and sixth in SoCon history) ... passed for 2,631 yards (20th nationally, fifth in school history) and rushed for 1,039 yards (28th nationally, second nationally among quarterbacks and 16th in school history, third among quarterbacks) ... became the fourth player in NCAA Division I FCS history with 2,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season, joining his predecessor as ASU quarterback Armanti Edwards (2006), Barrick Nealy (Texas State - 2005) and David Dinkins (Morehead State - 1999) ... threw 21 touchdown passes, ran for 13 more scores and caught a 33-yard touchdown pass (from himself) ... became one of only three players in school history with 3,000 yards of total offense in a season (Edwards 4X, Richie Williams 2X) ... one of only seven players in school history to pass for 2,000 yards in a season (Edwards 3X, Williams 2X, Steve Brown 2X, Joe Burchette, Bake Baker and Pat Murphy) ... one of only two quarterbacks in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season (Edwards 2X) ... one of only two players in school history to be responsible for 35 touchdowns in a season (Edwards, 2X) ... one of only four players in school history with 20 touchdown passes in a season (Williams 2X, Edwards and Murphy) ... notched five games with at least 300 yards of total offense, good for sixth in school history, and nine games with at least 250 yards of total offense, good for a tie for second in school history ... became the fastest in school history to post 300 yards of total offense in a game six times, needing just 15 starts to do so (by comparison, Edwards needed 18 starts to record 300 yards of offense six times and no other ASU quarterback achieved the feat in fewer than 22 starts) ... placed third in voting for the Walter Payton Award, presented to the nation's top FCS player, and was the leading vote-getter among non-seniors ... named first-team all-America by College Sporting News, second-team by the Associated Press and Phil Steele Publications and third-team by The Sports Network.
Became ASU's sixth SoCon Offensive Player of the Year in the last seven seasons ... voted first-team all-conference by the league's coaches and media ... despite all the records and accolades, the season could not have gotten off to a much worse start for Presley, as ASU trailed Chattanooga, 35-14, with under 14 minutes to go in the season-opener ... however, in the fourth quarter, Presley completed 7-of-7 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown and ran three times for 14 yards and a score to lead the Mountaineers to an epic 42-41 come-from-behind victory ... the signature play of the comeback for the ages came when he completed a short pass to Matt Cline, who fumbled near the line of scrimmage, and Presley scooped up the loose ball and weaved 33 yards through the stunned UTC defense for the go-ahead score with 6:05 remaining in the ballgame ... in all, Presley led ASU to five touchdowns in a 10:12 span, including the middle three in just 2:54 and the final four over a 7:51 stretch ... for the game, Presley completed 22-of-29 passes for 340 yards (22nd in school history) and two touchdowns and rushed for 25 yards, good for 365 yards of total offense (26th in school history) ... he also added 33 receiving yards on what officially went down as a touchdown pass to himself ... for his efforts, he was named National Offensive Player of the Week by The Sports Network, a National Weekly All-Star by College Sporting News and the SoCon Offensive Player of the Week ... followed up the impressive debut by amassing 386 yards of total offense (285 passing, 101 rushing - the 20th-best total-offense mark in school history) in just over three quarters of work in the home opener versus Jacksonville ... threw four touchdown passes in the romp over JU, including three to Brian Quick, en route to being named the National Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards ... was removed from the next week's rout over North Carolina Central just one series into the second half after helping ASU build a comfortable 34-7 lead.
Torched Samford for 273 yards of total offense (176 passing, 97 rushing) and four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) en route to being named SoCon Offensive Player of the Week for the second time) ... was named the SoCon Player of the Month for September following a four-game span in which he he totaled 1,176 yards of offense and accounted for 13 touchdowns ... opened October by outdueling preseason SoCon Offensive Player of the Year favorite Scott Riddle and lead ASU to a 34-31 victory over No. 19 Elon that effectively eliminated the Phoenix from postseason consideration barely a month into the campaign ... Presley completed 14-of-19 passes without an interception for 204 yards and a touchdown and rushed 23 times for a then-career-high 170 yards and two more scores, totaling 374 yards of offense (23rd in school history) en route to the victory and his third SoCon Offensive Player of the Week award in five games ... he would only have to wait one more week to make it four SoCon POTW awards for the young season, as he threw for 242 yards and a school-record-tying five touchdowns in a win over The Citadel ... helped ASU retain the Old Mountain Jug the next week when he ran for 87 yards and three touchdowns and completed 21-of-29 passes for 185 yards in an efficient 37-14 triumph over Western Carolina ... during the week of the WCU game, an ESPN camera crew shadowed Presley for a day as part of its 30-minute ESPNU All-Access: Appalachian State documentary that aired the next week nationwide ... Presley finally proved to be somewhat human the next week versus Furman, as he threw his first interception of the season and relatively struggled by completing just 13-of-27 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown and running 16 times for 80 yards in a 37-26 win over the Paladins ... Presley's first interception of the campaign snapped a string of 189-consecutive passes without an INT - just 26 short of the SoCon record set by Furman's Braniff Bonaventure in 1995-96 ... the struggles against Furman foreshadowed the next week's game at Georgia Southern, as Presley was intercepted twice and lost a fumble in overtime to seal the Mountaineers' first conference loss in more than three years, a 21-14 OT setback to GSU.
Presley totaled 277 yards of offense in the loss but was responsible for all three ASU turnovers with the two interceptions and lost fumble, all of which occurred in the red zone ... the disappointment would be short-lived, however, as the following week Presley helped lead the Mountaineers to a 43-13 rout over No. 4 Wofford that clinched ASU's sixth-consecutive SoCon championship ... Presley accounted for a relatively paltry 209 yards in the win (192 passing, 17 rushing) but threw a pair of touchdown passes to Quick and engineered seven scoring drives that helped stake the Mountaineers to a 38-0 lead before the end of the third quarter ... performed admirably in the regular-season finale at Florida, completing 19-of-28 passes without an interception for 157 yards and a touchdown and rushing eight times for 26 yards in a 48-10 loss to the Southeastern Conference power ... turned in back-to-back record-breaking individual performances in ASU's two NCAA Divison I Football Championship games ... in a steady snowstorm during the Mountaineers' postseason opener versus Western Illinois, Presley rushed 16 times for 264 yards (16.5 ypr) and two touchdowns while completing 2-of-7 passes for 47 yards and a score in the blizzard conditions to lead ASU to a 42-14 romp over the Leathernecks ... 89 of Presley's 264 rushing yards (fourth in school history) came on the longest run in ASU postseason history, which gave the Mountaineers a 21-7 lead late in the second quarter ... the following week, Presley broke records with his arm, setting ASU postseason records with 31 completions and 56 pass attempts but his 361 passing yards (13th in school history) and 383 yards of total offense (21st in school history) were not enough to overcome defending national champion Villanova in a season-ending 42-24 loss ... the already impressive numbers could have been even more gaudy had Presley not been removed early from seven of ASU's 10 victories due to the Mountaineers jumping out to comfortable leads ... in all, he sat out for 86:34 of those seven wins, or nearly six quarters' worth of action.
Played in 12-of-14 games, with roles ranging from being ASU's starting quarterback in the season opener at East Carolina to being a big-play threat as a wide receiver and punt returner as the year progressed ... became just ASU's fourth starting quarterback in a season opener since 2001 when he got the starting nod in place of an injured Armanti Edwards for the lid-lifter at ECU ... as did the entire team, he struggled in the early-going against ECU, throwing for 89 yards on 7-of-15 passing with an interception and running for 12 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries before being lifted in favor of backup Travaris Cadet late in the third quarter with ASU trailing 29-7 ... after the Mountaineers staged a 17-point rally with Cadet at the helm, ASU's coaches decided to stick with the junior-college transfer as Edwards' backup for the rest of the year and move Presley to wide receiver to utilize his athleticism in conjunction with Edwards and Cadet ... Presley proved to be one of the team's top big-play threats down the stretch of the regular season ... he caught only three passes on the year but each went for 20 or more yards ... 29.3-yards-per-reception average was 9.2 yards greater than the next-highest average on the team (B.J. Frazier - 20.1 ypr) ... caught a season-long 43-yard pass from Cadet in the regular-season versus Western Carolina ... also returned three punts for 16 yards on the campaign ... was inactive for national quarterfinals at Richmond due to ankle injury sustained in the opening round against South Carolina State ... returned to play in the national semifinals at Montana.
Earned the nod as Edwards' primary backup during fall camp and appeared in nine games ... completed a 32-yard pass and ran for 17 yards in his first two collegiate plays at LSU ... had the wind knocked out of him during the run and did not return to the game ... saw significant action in the home opener versus Jacksonville, completing 5-of-8 passes for 47 yards and running for 18 more ... was forced into action a little earlier than expected against Presbyterian as Edwards had to leave the game with a mild ankle injury with the outcome still somewhat in doubt ... Presley erased any doubt by running for a pair of touchdowns and completing his only pass for 58 yards to cement the Apps' 48-14 victory ... appeared in four more games as a reserve, highlighted by rushing for 101 yards in just one half of action in ASU's 49-7 rout over Chattanooga ... due to injuries sustained by Edwards in the Apps' SoCon-title-clinching victory over Elon, Presley made his first career start in the regular-season finale at archrival Western Carolina ... responded by totaling 314 yards of offense (158 passing, 156 rushing) and accounting for four touchdowns (three rushing, one passing) in the Mountaineers' 35-10 win ... following the impressive performance, he was named the SoCon's Offensive Player and Freshman of the Week ... became only the seventh player in SoCon history and the first in 17 years to receive two of the conference's weekly awards simultaneously ... the last player to achieve the feat was ASU running back Chip Hooks in 1991 ... finished the year with 379 yards on 30-of-45 passing (66.7 comp. pct.) and 415 yards and seven touchdowns on 73 carries.
Threw for 1,600 yards, 18 touchdowns and just three interceptions while completing 70 percent of his passes as a senior ... also ran for 500 yards and six touchdowns ... named first-team all-conference and second-team all-county in football-rich Tampa Bay area ... coached by Harry Hubbard.
Full name is DeAndre Reshaud Presley ... born Jan. 10, 1990 (21 years old) ... son of Abigail Kelly ... majoring in English ... aspires to be a novelist.