Established as the team’s starting tailback ... Ran very well in the spring … Straight-ahead bullish runner who will try to create a hole if he doesn’t have one … Tough runner to bring down, as he often breaks first contact … “Artose is all elbows and thigh pads when he comes at you,” Coach Guy Morriss says … Solid all-around performer who also catches the ball and blocks well ... Has deceptive speed and good moves for a player with his strong, stocky build ... Led the team in rushing a year ago ... Has three 100-yard games in his career ... Known as the funniest player on the team because of his quick wit ... First name is pronounced “ar-TUSE” ... Has played in 22 regular-season games with five starts.
2001 (Junior): Played every game, starting three … Team’s leading rusher with 441 yards … Averaged 4.4 yards per carry and led the team in rushing touchdowns with four … Rushed for a career-high 130 yards and two touchdowns against Ole Miss … Rushed for 105 yards at South Carolina, the first Wildcat running back to rush for 100 yards in consecutive games since Anthony White in 1999 … Scored his first collegiate TD against Ball State ... Tallied two TDs against Ole Miss and also scored in the win at Vanderbilt.
2000 (Sophomore): Played in seven games, making starts against Louisville and South Florida … Team’s second-leading rusher with 188 yards on 39 carries, averaging 4.8 yards per attempt … Came off the bench at Florida to rush for 125 yards on 17 carries … Also had nine receptions in the season, good for 28 yards.
1999 (Freshman): Played in four of the last five regular-season games as a reserve fullback ... Gained 62 yards on 16 carries, an average of 3.9 per attempt ... Had six carries for 29 yards in the win over Louisiana State, including his season-long run of 11 yards ... Ran six times for 26 yards in the victory at Vanderbilt ... Also played in the Music City Bowl, netting five yards on seven carries ... Saw extensive action for the UK junior varsity team ... In three JV games, he rushed for 337 yards and six touchdowns ... Also caught a touchdown pass and ran for a two-point conversion.
High School: Three-year starter at Hopkinsville (Ky.) HS … Started as a defensive back his sophomore season, then started at running back and outside linebacker his final two years … Rushed 361 times for 3,274 yards and 33 touchdowns during his senior season … Caught 29 passes for 340 yards and three TDs … Averaged 19.2 yards on punt returns, including an 89-yarder for a touchdown … Named Class AAA State Player of the Year as a senior … Earned first-team all-state honors from The Associated Press and the Louisville Courier-Journal … Chosen to the Lexington Herald-Leader “Class of the Commonwealth” … A finalist for Kentucky’s “Mr. Football” award … Honorable mention All-America by USA Today … As a junior, chosen second-team all-state by AP and third team by the Courier-Journal … Three-year member of the all-conference and all-area teams … Amazing career totals include 704 rushing attempts for 5,829 yards, an average of 8.3 yards per carry, and 68 touchdowns … Amassed 8,114 all-purpose yards, 84 total touchdowns, and 516 points during his career … Led Hopkinsville HS to a three-year record of 38-5, including a berth in the state championship game in his last two seasons … Coached by Craig Clayton … Three-year letterman in track, competing in the 400-meter run … Regional champion in the 400 meters the last two years and finished third in the state meet as a junior … Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Key Club, and the Champions Club … Narrowed his choices to UK, Cincinnati, and Auburn.
Personal: Full name is Artose Deonce Pinner … First name is pronounced “ar-TUSE” … Born 1-5-78 in Hopkinsville, Ky. … Son of Tina Pinner … Artose’s aunt, Sue Eenels, ran track at Western Kentucky and an uncle, Willie Eenels, was a wrestler in junior college … Major is telecommunications.
The Cats’ Cause: Helped serve meals at the Hope Center shelter (1999-2000) … Guest speaker at area elementary schools (2000-01).
Pinner Career Statistics Year Position G-GS Att. Yds. Avg. TD Long Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Long 1999 Fullback 4-0 16 62 3.9 0 11 0 0 - 0 - 2000 Fullback 7-2 39 188 4.8 0 31 9 28 3.1 0 12 2001 R. Back 11-3 100 441 4.4 4 66 12 115 9.6 0 22 Totals 22-5 155 691 4.5 4 66 21 143 6.8 0 22