Chargers check out Donnel Pumphrey at San Diego State pro day

SAN DIEGO -- The Los Angeles Chargers got an up-close look at the main attraction for the San Diego State football program this past season -- cat-quick running back Donnel Pumphrey.

The Chargers were one of 28 teams represented at the Aztecs' pro day on Thursday. The group included defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, special teams coordinator George Stewart, linebackers coach Richard Smith, running backs coach Alfredo Roberts, assistant defensive line coach Eric Henderson and assistant defensive backs coach Chris Harris.

The New York Jets seemed to show the most interest in Pumphrey, with running backs coach Stump Mitchell running his individual workout.

Along with Pumphrey, players of interest for the Aztecs included cornerback Damontae Kazee, offensive lineman Nico Siragusa and middle linebacker Calvin Munson.

Pumphrey stood on most of his combine numbers, which included a 4.48-second, 40-yard time. He improved his bench press from five reps to eight reps at 225 pounds.

"Honestly, I don’t care where I land," Pumphrey said. "But I grew up a Chargers’ fan, and with them being from San Diego -- my whole mom’s side of the family is from San Diego and my pop’s side is from L.A. -- it would all fit perfect to be honest. But I don’t care where I play."

On the field, Pumprhey looked natural catching punts and passes out of the backfield, and showed suddenness going through bag drills.

The FBS all-time leading rusher with 6,405 yards, at 5-foot-8 and 177 pounds Pumphrey understands he’ll have to transition to a pass-catching back and return man at the next level.

"It’s huge for me because that’s what is going to get me to the next level," Pumphrey said. "I know that’s what I’m going to have to showcase at the next level. I feel like I’ll be one of the biggest mismatches on the offensive side of the ball if I can do both special teams and route running as well."

He’s had one of the best to ever do it helping train him -- Hall of Fame running back and fellow Aztec Marshall Faulk. Pumphrey said he trained with Faulk in anticipation of his pro day this week.

The Chargers will get a second look at Pumphrey at the team’s local pro day on April 13. Pumphrey said he also met with the Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions, Arizona Cardinals and the Jets.