Demie Sumo-Karngbaye - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 0


  • position Running Back
  • height 6-0
  • Weight 210
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Willingboro, N.J.
  • High school Willingboro
  • Previous School N.C. State

2023 – Junior

  • Transferred to Kentucky after two seasons at NC State and played in 14 total games for the Wolfpack
  • Saw action in all 13 games for UK in 2023, totaling 20 carries for 139 yards and a score … Also had 14 receptions for 69 yards and a score
  • Had four carries for 58 yards and one touchdown in the win over Akron … On his third rush of the game, had a career-best, 42-yard rush for a first down, which eventually set up his four-yard jaunt into the endzone for a score
  • Caught a 4-yard touchdown pass on Kentucky’s first drive of the game in the win over Mississippi State … Marked his second score this season but his first receiving

2022 – Sophomore (NC State)

  • Saw action in only 12 games due to injury, missing four complete games and playing only six snaps vs. Wake Forest and two vs. Boston College
  • Second-leading rusher with 305 yards, averaging 5.5 yards per carry
  • Caught 12 passes for 148 yards, averaging 12.3 yards per catch
  • Totaled four touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 receiving)
  • Tied for team’s second-leading scorer with 24 points
  • Tallied 147 all-purpose yards in the win over Texas Tech when he rushed for 54 yards and caught four passes for another 93
  • Scored a rushing and receiving TD vs. the Red Raiders
  • Against Charleston Southern, 5 of his 7 rushes were explosive plays (at least 10 yards)
  • Leading rusher in the season opener with 79 yards and a TD
  • Named a “Player to Watch” for 2022 by Athlon

2021 – Freshman (NC State)

  • Played in six games on special teams

High School

  • Played running back at Willingboro High School for coach Stephen Everette
  • Ranked as the No. 23 player in the state of New Jersey by
  • Also ranked as the No. 48 running back nationally and the No. 19 player in New Jersey by
  • Team was limited to three games during his fall season due to COVID 19
  • Rushed for 648 yards on 65 carries, an average of 10.0 per rush as a junior
  • Also scored 11 rushing touchdowns
  • Tallied 21 receptions for 430 yards and eight TDs
  • Totaled 1,321 all-purpose yards
  • On defense, posted 53 tackles and 5.5 TFLs, as well as a pair of interceptions
  • Helped lead his team to a 12-1 record and the NJISAA South Group One Regional Championship


  • Name is pronounced Demie (DEHM-ee) Sumo-Karngbaye (SUE-moh KARNG-bay)
  • Born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • Son of Joyce Dissee and Abdullah Sumo
  • Siblings are Marcus, Rachel, Fatim, Aziz Sumo, Patience Willie
  • Cousin, Phillip Blidi, is currently on the defensive line at Indiana, while another cousin, Jeremie Karngbaye, played at West Texas
  • Major is community, leadership and development

Demie Says

  • Nickname is “Shark”
  • He chose Kentucky for the development and the NFL feel
  • Three words to describe him are solid, trustworthy and likeable
  • Besides playing football, he’s also a good singer
  • The craziest thing he’s ever done is swim in the ocean
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