02/27/2014 - 2014 NFL COMBINE: 10 TAKEAWAYS FROM INDIANAPOLIS: 3. Mike Mamula might be the most famous workout warrior in combine history. Scouts are left to wonder who among this year's class could someday join him in infamy. One player who certain to have scouts returning to the film room was Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon, a former option quarterback and running back who may have turned in the best all-around workout of any player tested at this year's combine. The 5-9, 209-pounder showed off blazing speed (4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash), explosiveness (40.5" vertical) and power (32 reps of 225 pounds). Perhaps best of all, he showed quickness and balance in the change-of-direction tests, running the three-cone drill in 6.83 seconds and the short-shuttle in 4.12 seconds. - The Sports Xchange
12/05/2013 - Two Georgia Southern Eagles, running back Jerick McKinnon and cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks have officially been invited to the Reese's Senior Bowl. The prestigious football game is set for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., and serves as a showcase of talent for NFL general managers, coaches and scouts as well as representatives from other professional football leagues. Both McKinnon and Westbrooks, members of the South team, will participate in the week of practice sessions and workouts leading up to the game in Mobile. "The Senior Bowl is a wonderful opportunity for Jerick and Lavelle to represent our program and Georgia Southern University and be coached by NFL staffs," said Coach Jeff Monken. "We are obviously excited for them and wish them all the luck in the world as they embark on their professional careers."
McKinnon, with back-to-back seasons with 1,000-yard rushing totals, finished third all-time on Georgia Southern's career rushing list with 3,899 yards and tied for sixth with 42 career rushing touchdowns. From Marietta, Ga., McKinnon played three different positions in the backfield for the Eagles in his senior season and recorded six games of 100 or more yards of rushing in 2013. - Georgia Southern football
11/24/2013 - Georgia Southern players and coaches trickled back onto Florida Field long after the game ended. They had cellphones in hand, ready to snap pictures of a lifeless stadium. About an hour earlier, they emptied the Swamp in what will go down as Florida's worst loss in school history. Kevin Ellison ran for two touchdowns, Jerick McKinnon had a huge score late and four-touchdown underdog Georgia Southern stunned Florida 26-20 Saturday without completing a pass. No lower-division team had ever beaten the Gators, who won their previous seven games against Football Championship Subdivision teams by an average of 45 points. So this was a shocker, even though Florida (4-7) lost its sixth consecutive game and secured its first losing season since 1979. ''Very disappointed for our program, an embarrassment (to be) in this situation,'' Gators coach Will Muschamp said. ''It's all disappointing. It's hard to measure it at this point.''
Georgia Southern (7-4) ran for 429 yards - all of the team's offense and the most against Florida since Nebraska rolled up 524 in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl. The Eagles also became the first team this season to beat an FBS team without completing a pass. They were 0 for 3. McKinnon finished with 125 yards rushing, including a 14-yard touchdown with 2:57 remaining. - AP Sports
11/09/2013 - Jerick McKinnon accounted for three touchdowns to lead Georgia Southern to a 35-19 victory over Western Carolina Saturday. McKinnon, the Eagles' quarterback, had touchdowns runs of 23 and 36 yards, and his 19-yard TD pass to Da'Quan Heard was his only throw. McKinnon had 68 yards rushing on 14 carries, and now has 925 yards rushing for the season.
Kevin Ellison and Nardo Govan had rushing TDs for Georgian Southern (5-4, 3-4 Southern Conference). Govan scored from 2-yards out. During the next series on offense, Ellison had a 40-yard run that set up his 1-yard touchdown run to give the Eagles a 35-13 fourth-quarter lead. Despite losing four fumbles, four Eagles had runs of more than 33 yards. Western Carolina (2-8, 1-5) quarterbacks Troy Mitchell and Eddie Sullivan each had touchdown passes. But Mitchell, the starting quarterback, had three interceptions. Sullivan threw one. - AP Sports
10/15/2013 - OCT 14 SOCON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern, Sr., QB, Marietta, Ga.,...Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon moved from quarterback to running back Saturday against The Citadel and churned out a game-high 198 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries for the Eagles as GSU topped the Bulldogs, 28-21. The senior tied the game with his first touchdown run of the day, which he set up with a 63-yard scamper earlier on the drive.
McKinnon also caught two passes for 10 yards and completed a pass on GSU's two-point conversion late in the game. Other Nominees: Marcus Cox (Appalachian State), Ben Dupree (The Citadel), Mike Quinn (Elon), Fabian Truss (Samford), Keon Williams (Chattanooga), Karnorris Benson (Western Carolina) and Jonny Martin (Wofford). - SoCon football
09/28/2013 - Younghoe Koo's 26-yard field goal and a Josh Gebhardt interception in the final two minutes lifted Georgia Southern to a 23-21 Southern Conference win over Chattanooga on Saturday. Koo, a freshman, hit his third field goal of the game - and second of the fourth quarter - with just under two minutes remaining, capping a 14-play, 71-yard drive that ate nearly seven minutes of the final period and recaptured the lead for Georgia Southern (3-1, 1-1). Koo had hit a career-long 40-yarder earlier in the fourth quarter to pull the Eagles to within 21-20.
Chattanooga (2-2, 0-1) had rallied twice from behind in the early going. Keon Williams rushed for a TD and scored again on a 56-yard pass play from Jacob Huesman as the Mocs pulled ahead 21-17 in the third quarter. Huesman was intercepted by Georgia Southern's Gebhardt in the final seconds for Chattanooga's only turnover. - AP Sports
09/07/2013 - William Banks rushed for three touchdowns and Jerrick McKinnon threw for two more as Georgia Southern routed Division II St. Francis, 59-17 Saturday night. Banks had touchdown runs of 15, 45 and 2 yards while leading the Eagles deep rushing attack. Georgia Southern (2-0) gave the ball to 10 different backs and piled up 306 rushing yards. Banks had 11 carries for 72 yards, 63 on his scoring runs.
Torrance Hunt, who dashed 46 yards for the first score of the game, led the Georgia Southern ground attack with 83 yards on 6 carries. McKinnon threw just 3 times for the Eagles, hitting Kentrellis Showers with a 35-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and Montay Crockett with a 50-yard strike in the third. Kevin Ellison was 5 of 6 for 151 yards. Kyle Harbridge carried 25 times for 132 yards to lead the Red Flash in their season opener. - AP Sports
08/31/2013 - Jerick McKinnon ran for 109 yards and threw for a touchdown in Georgia Southern's 77-9 rout over Savannah State on Saturday night. McKinnon had help. Georgia Southern finished the game with 576 rushing yards and 650 yards of total offense. Eight different Eagles rushed for at least a touchdown. The 77 points was the second highest point total in Georgia Southern history and only the sixth time the Eagles scored 70-plus points since 2001. The Eagles' also dominated Savannah State on defense.
Meanwhile, the Tigers couldn't keep their defense off the field, going three-and-out on their first five possessions and converting only seven first downs in the game. Sophomore quarterback Zach Hutchenson was a bright spot for Savannah State. He came off the bench in the third quarter and led the Tigers to their only touchdown. Georgia Southern averaged an NCAA-best 399 rushing yards per game last season. - AP Sports
07/24/2013 - The Georgia Southern Eagles have been picked first in preseason polling conducted by the Southern Conference's head football coaches. The Eagles, who earned six of nine first-place votes, earned a share of the 2012 league title with a record of 6-2 and advanced to the FCS semifinals. It is the second consecutive year they have been picked first in preseason balloting. The Eagles, along with Appalachian State, are ineligible for the FCS playoffs and the Southern Conference championship this fall as they begin their transition to FBS.
The Mountaineers were tabbed second in the preseason poll. Appalachian State earned two first-place votes and finished with 51 points. The Mountaineers will be under the direction of first-year head coach Scott Satterfield. Chattanooga earned the final first-place vote and was picked third with 47 points. It is the highest the Mocs have picked in the coaches poll since 1990. - SoCon football
07/18/2013 - 2013 WALTER PAYTON AWARD WATCH LIST: Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern Eagles, Quarterback, Senior...Georgia Southern has always wanted to put the ball in the hands of McKinnon, playing him at about every skill position on offense. When he settled into starting quarterback duties in 2012, he left opponents grasping at thin air. The explosive runner guided the Eagles' triple option with one of their top rushing seasons, gaining 1,817 yards on 269 carries (6.8 yards per carry) with 20 touchdowns.
He was at his finest in the FCS playoffs, rushing for 316, 171 and 168 yards in three games. This season, FBS-bound Georgia Southern is ineligible for the Southern Conference title or a playoff bid, but during the regular season, there might be no stopping the Atlanta native. - The Sports Network
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