The University of Kentucky football team snapped a 26-game losing streaking to Tennessee by beating the Volunteers 10-7
- SEC Defensive LIneman of the Week vs. Samford by the SEC office (2012)
Two-year starter at defensive tackle ... Showed all-around improvement last year and enjoyed his best season as a Wildcat ... Hopes to continue that trend in his senior season ... Has become more of a factor as he has improved his conditioning and gotten stronger in the weight room ... A story of perseverance, he originally signed with UK in 2008 and worked for two years to earn qualification to attend ... Has played in 34 games with 18 starts.
2012 (Junior): Had his best season to date ... Started all 11 games in which he played ... Missed one game because of injury ... Amassed 36 tackles ... Had six tackles for loss and four sacks during the season, both tying for second on the team ... SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week in the win over Samford as he made five tackles, including a quarterback sack that caused a fumble which Tristian Johnson returned for a touchdown ... Tied a career high with six tackles vs. South Carolina ... His four tackles vs. Georgia included 1.5 sacks, his first multiple-sack game.
2011 (Sophomore): Played in 11 games and started seven ... Made 31 tackles with a career high of six at LSU ... Had three tackles for loss, including a quarterback sack vs. Louisville.
2010 (Freshman): Saw action in 12 games ... Had 12 tackles on the year, getting more and more reps as the season progressed ... Recorded season high of three tackles against Akron and in the BBVA Compass Bowl vs. Pittsburgh.
Prep School: Talented lineman with the size and strength to play tackle and also the quickness needed to play at end ... Originally signed with Kentucky in 2008, he spent the 2008 and `09 seasons at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy ... His 2008 prep season included a game against the Kentucky junior varsity, in which he made two tackles for loss, including a quarterback sack ... Coached at Fork Union by John Shuman.
High School: Earned first-team all-state honors, covering all classifications, by The Associated Press and the Columbia State newspaper ... Also first-team all-state for Class AA by the High School Sports Report ... Totaled 107 tackles during senior season, including 14 quarterback sacks, for Calhoun County HS in St. Matthews, S.C. ... Chosen for the South Carolina vs. North Carolina Shrine Bowl and played for the winning squad ... Made 65 tackles and five sacks during his junior season ... Coached by Walter Wilson ... Member of the Calhoun County basketball team which won three consecutive state championships and had a winning streak of more than 70 games ... Also played three seasons of baseball ... Member of the Spirit Club.
Personal: Born in Orangeburg, S.C. ... Last name pronounced "rump" with a silent "h" ... Son of Otis and Thelma Rumph ... An uncle, Chris Rumph, is an assistant coach at Alabama ... Donte's brother, Tremaine Tyler, played football at South Carolina ... Cousin of Philip Merling, former Clemson star who is now a defensive end with the Miami Dolphins ... Major is community and leadership development.
Community Cats: Participated in an event at Camp Cedarmore and the Big Blue U Move-In (2011, `12).
Donte Says ... My nickname is: Uncle Rumph ... My favorite movie is: 300 ... When I played football as a kid, I pretended I was: Warren Sapp ... I couldn't live without my: grandmother ... The coolest thing about being at UK is: the fan base.