2012 SOPHOMORE SEASON: Started 13 games led team with 218 carries and 926 rushing yards added six rushing touchdowns had a career-high 152 yards, including a career-long 38-yard run, at Illinois has carried the ball 249 straight times without turning it over received the Bruce Smith Award as the team's outstanding offensive player also named team's Offensive Back of the Year first Gopher running back to rush for more than 900 yards in a season since Amir Pinnix ran for 1,272 yards in 2006. Game-by-Game: Carried the ball 13 times for 81 yards at UNLV and also recorded one catch for eight yards ran for 71 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries vs. New Hampshire recorded his first-career 100-yard rushing game vs. Western Michigan, gaining 110 yards on 23 carries rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 28 carries against Syracuse picked up 33 rushing yards on 12 carries at Iowa rushed 18 times for 73 yards against Northwestern carried the ball five times at Wisconsin picked up 134 yards on 22 carries against Purdue rushed 16 times for 58 yards against Michigan rushed for a career-high 152 yards and two touchdowns, while tying his career high in carries with 28, at Illinois his 152 yards at Illinois were the most for a Gopher running back since Duane Bennett ran for 187 yards in a win at Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 24, 2010 had seven rush attempts at Nebraska and 10 carries vs. Michigan State ruched 19 times for 80 yards and one touchdown vs. Texas Tech.
2011 FRESHMAN SEASON: Appeared in all 12 games made his first career start in Week Nine at Michigan State rushed 63 times for 229 yards and three touchdowns. Game-by-Game: Saw action on special teams at USC (9/3) and vs. New Mexico State (9/10 saw first action in backfield in win over Miami (Ohio), with 23 carries for 55 yards and a TD (9/17) carried ball 10 times for 70 yards and two TDs vs. North Dakota State (9/24) 30-yard scoring run vs. NDSU was longest rush as a Gopher three carries for three yards at Michigan (10/1) rushed 12 times for 27 yards at Purdue (10/8) carried ball eight times for 17 yards vs. Nebraska (10/22) four carries for three yards at Michigan State (11/5) eight carries for 20 yards vs. Wisconsin (11/12) saw action as a reserve at Northwestern (11/19) three rushes for 24 yards vs. Illinois (11/25).
2010: Appeared in four games as a reserve running back carried the ball 27 times in 2010, gaining 112 yards missed remainder of season with a leg injury granted medical hardship waiver, regaining a year of eligibility. Game-by-Game: recorded 50 yards on 12 carries including a 18-yard gain on his first-career carry against Middle Tennessee State (9/2) appeared against South Dakota (9/11) but did not record any stats returned to the backfield against USC (9/18) and led the team with 44 yards on 10 carries carried the ball five times and picked up 18 yards against Northern Illinois (9/25).
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduate of Atlantic High School helped lead his team to a 5-5 record in 2009 earned second-team all-conference honors as a senior was a first-team all-conference selectin in 2008 as a junior rushed for 491 yards and seven touchdowns in 2009 toted the pigskin for 1,013 yards and 14 scores as a junior in 2008 coached by Christopher Bean.
PERSONAL: Donnell Kirkwood was born Oct. 29, 1991 son of Theresa and Donnell Kirkwood Sr.