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2015 NFL DRAFT

Jerick McKinnon, RB

School: Georgia Southern  |  Conference: BELT
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Marietta, GA
Height/Weight: 5-9 / 209 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
138114
2013 Season
Incredibly versatile, talented athlete who excelled wherever he was put on the field... Invited to the prestigious 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl... Named team MVP for the second straight year... Selected for initial watch list for the Walter Payton Award by The Sports Network... Georgia Southern's leading rusher for 2013 with his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season with 1,050 yards in quarterback and running back roles... Averaged 6.5 yards per game in final season with 12 rushing touchdowns and four passing TDs... Four-year letterwinner finished his career with 3,899 rushing yards, third all-time on the Georgia Southern career list behind only Adrian Peterson (6,559 -- NCAA Division I all-time leading rusher from 1998-2001) and Jermaine Austin (5,411 -- 2002-2005)... Tied for fourth on the Eagles' career list for yards of total offense per play (6.75)... Ranks fifth all-time for career yards per rush at 6.3 and tied for sixth for career rushing touchdowns (42) ... Scored the game-winning touchdown in Georgia Southern's first win over a BCS team in Florida.Eagles' leading rusher against Gators, his seventh as top rusher in 2013, with 125 yards on nine carries for 13.9 average... Tied season-long run with rush of 66 yards against Florida, the longest recorded against the Gators in 2013... Added six 100-plus yard rushing games for a total of 17 in his career... Ranked as the top rusher in the SoCon and 23rd nationally at 105.0 yards per game... Ranked in the top 50 nationally in rushing touchdowns (12 - 38th) and yards (1050 - 47th)... Ran or passed for at least one touchdown in all but one game in which he played... Scored first touchdown of the Eagles' 2013 season with a 66-yard run against Savannah State... Also threw for a touchdown with an eight-yard toss to Devin Scott against the Tigers... Ran for 107 yards and was 2-3 passing... Tied a career best with two passing touchdowns against St. Francis (Pa.), hitting Kentrellis Showers for a 35-yard TD pass and a season-long 50-yard TD to Montay Crockett... Eclipsed the 3,000-yard rushing mark with 114 yards against Wofford with six double-digit carries and added two touchdowns in that game... Carried Eagles with 69 of his 172 yards on 10 plays in final scoring drive for the win over Chattanooga.Catalyst for Georgia Southern against The Citadel with two rushing touchdowns and 198 yards on the ground... Picked up a reception and threw for the two-point conversion against the Bulldogs in that win... Posted efficient performance in victory over Western Carolina with two rushing scores, one for 23 yards, the other for 36... Connected with Da'Quan Heard for a 19-yard TD pass as well... Directed Eagles to majority of the 576 rushing yards and 10 TDs in season opener as the highest single-game totals in NCAA Division I in 2013... Involved in 12 of the Eagles' longest plays of 2013, including the top three (two rushes of 66 yards, one 63-yard TD rush)... Scored first touchdown of six of the 10 games in which he played in 2013... Rushed for two game-winning touchdowns and threw for two others... Responsible for 9.8 points per game in 2013... Accounted for 50 first downs in 2013... Honored as the Iron Works Dedication Award for the third time and second-straight year... Selected as a member of Georgia Southern Football's Leadership Council.
2012 Season
Earned first-team All-America honors at quarterback from the College Sports Journal and College Sporting News... Recognized by Eagle teammates as MVP at annual banquet... Also won the Iron Works Dedication Award... Joins Georgia Southern's upper echelon of running backs with 1,817 rushing yards (269 att.) in 2012, third-highest single-season total after Adrian Peterson's record 1,932 (1998) and Jayson Foster in second with 1,844 (2007)... McKinnon's team-best 129.8 rushing yards per game average ranked seventh nationally and was 8th on Georgia Southern's single-season list, most by a quarterback since Jayson Foster in 2007 (167.6)... Finished his junior season eighth on the Georgia Southern career list (2,849) just behind Tracy Ham's 3,212 (total includes regular-season games only)... Total of 20 rushing TDs in a season ranked seventh on the single-season list... Led the Eagles six times in rushing in 2012 (Samford-162; Chattanooga-141; Howard-198; Georgia-109; UCA-316; NDSU-168) with significant influence on Georgia Southern's ninth NCAA rushing title (399.4 ypg), best across all divisions... Also a factor in Eagles claiming four of the top seven NCAA Division I single-game rushing totals.Of Georgia Southern's 63 offensive plays of 25-yards or longer in 2012, McKinnon had a hand in 30 (17 rushing plays, 7 rushing TDs) ... McKinnon and Eagles' second-leading rusher Dominique Swope were second and fifth, respectively, in Southern Conference individual rushing rankings... Duo also took the third (McKinnon) and fourth spots on the SoCon scoring list... Had top season marks for rushing attempts (34) and rushing yards (316) against Central Arkansas in playoff game (12-1), to surpass the single-game record for rushing yards by a quarterback, previously held by Jayson Foster ... McKinnon's 316-yard effort was third-best in the FCS, eighth-best in Division I and just 17 yards shy of tying the Georgia Southern single-game record held by Adrian Peterson (333 vs. UMass, 1999)... Total of 316 yards included runs of 57-, 52- and 51-yards as the 57-yard romp ended the Eagles' three-play scoring drive for the first TD of the game... Rush of 51-yards brought Georgia Southern inside the 10 where he punched it in for his second rushing touchdown of the day... Also credited for 79 passing yards against Central Arkansas with a 47-yard completion to Zach Walker and 32-yard TD reception by Darreion Robinson... Gained 171 yards and scored season-best four rushing TDs against Old Dominion with three coming in the fourth quarter against Monarchs... Flipped roles with Darreion Robinson in catching 15-yard pass to convert 3rd-and-6 in ODU territory.Flirted with the 200-yard rushing yards total, but finished with 198 against Furman with three rushing TDs... Averaged 12.4 yards per carry against the Paladins... Sprinted for season-long rush of 87 yards for touchdown against Howard, the single-play drive took only 12 seconds... McKinnon's 87-yard scoring play vs. Bison ranks as the third-longest in Georgia Southern history behind only Mark Myer's 92-yard TD run against Appalachian State in 2002 and Adrian Peterson's 91-yard score vs. East Tennessee State in 1998...Accounted for five touchdowns against Howard with three rushing (87, 16, 2) and two pass completions (25, 7) for TDs... Also had two passing touchdowns at Western Carolina (10-6) ... Hooked up with Zack Walker for one of the shortest touchdown drives of the year, a career-long 75-yard pass, the longest pass completion of the 2012 season, and 11th-longest in Georgia Southern history, against Furman in a mere 10 seconds... Ran for 93 yards vs. Elon with snaps at B-back and quarterback, including a 37-yard rush on fourth-quarter drive to set up Alex Hanks' gamewinning field goal... Took over at quarterback and led Eagles in rushing with 162 yards against Samford averaging 12.5 yards per carry... Paired with Dominique Swope for two touchdowns each in victory over Bulldogs... Scored from 41-yards out in first half and flew past tacklers for single-play scoring drive of 67 yards in the third quarter, shortest scoring drive of the year (9 seconds) ... Had 60 yards on six attempts in first quarter vs. Western Carolina... Threw for team season and career-best 119 yards against Paladins, including TD pass to Walker... Directed 65-yard drive for first Eagle TD in the third quarter at Furman, benefitting from his own long rush of 32 yards to the Furman three-yard line... Rushed for three touchdowns (10, 18, 1) and final two-point conversion in triple-overtime thriller at Chattanooga for a total of 20 points.Handed off to Darreion Robinson for a 20-yard Eagle touchdown in first overtime... Eluded three Moc defenders rolling left and dashing into the endzone for the game-winning TD and followed that play with two-point conversion... Total of 141 rushing yards at Chattanooga started his streak of seven-straight games with 100-or more rushing yards... Against the Mocs, went 3-for-5 passing for 55 yards with a long throw of 40 to Zach Walker for an acrobatic catch that was featured on ESPN SportCenter's Top 10 plays of the day... That second-quarter pass completion put the Eagles in the redzone, making way for McKinnon's second TD of the night (18 yards)... Had 106-yard passing game vs. Appalachian State... Connected for a 30-yard TD with Tray Butler for Butler's career best and a 20-yard score with Kentrellis Showers against the Catamounts... Quick four-yard scoring drive before halftime against Howard ended with 25-yard TD pass to Zach Walker... Early fourth-quarter scoring drive against Howard (11-10) ended with seven-yard TD post pass to Tyler Sumner... Had game-high 109 rushing yards at Georgia with two touchdowns, one early in second quarter, the second in the fourth period... Gained 121 yards with long of 42 vs. Appalachian State, but handed off to William Banks for his career-best three rushing TDs on 129 yards... Rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown in season opener vs. Jacksonville playing at both B-back and quarterback... Earned third letter... Recognized as a National Strength and Conditioning (NSCA) All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year award... Member of the Eagle Football Leadership Council.
2011 Season
Played in 13 games with seven starts... Threw, ran and caught a touchdown pass during the season... Also intercepted two passes on defense in the Maine (12/10) FCS Playoff game... Finished the season with 705 all-purpose yards and combined nine touchdowns... Played the three playoff games on defense and totaled four tackles and two pass breakups... Scored two rushing touchdowns on 12 carries and 80 yards in the season opener at Samford (9/3)... Rushed for a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass in the home opener against Tusculum (9/10)... Totaled a season-high 114 rushing yards and two scores on 10 carries against Western Carolina (9/24)... Also completed two passes for 39 yards and a touchdown against the Catamounts... Compiled 98 rushing yards on nine carries against Presbyterian (10/22)... Returned one kickoff against the Black Bears for 41 yards.
2010 Season
Wore number 15 in his first season in Statesboro... Picked up first career score against Savannah State, taking over the quarterback duties in the fourth quarter... scampered for 20 yards for touchdown after 22-yard rush helped extend the drive... briefly held record for most rushing attempts in a single game after rushing for top single-game mark of 182 yards on 35 attempts at The Citadel... 84 yards came in second quarter as he helped Eagles to first shutout of an opponent since 2003... rushed for seven of nine plays on the final scoring drive for the final TD in the 20-0 GSU victory... assumed signal calling after Jaybo Shaw was injured early in that game... made first career start against the Samford the following week... had one-yard TD run for first score against the Bulldogs... handed off to Tobi Akinniranye for a 60-yard TD run against Chattanooga... directed Eagles to their third-highest rushing total of the year with 323 yards against South Carolina State... 53-yard rush from the slotback position put Mora within field goal range for the Eagles' first score vs. Delaware... finished with 101 yards against the Blue Hens for his second 100-yard rushing game of his career... played in 10 games.
High School
Atlanta Journal-Constitution first-team All-State pick at quarterback... tabbed first-team All-State by Georgia Sports Writers Association as an athlete...named Region 7 AAAA Player of the Year... three-year starter and four-year letterwinner for the Yellow Jackets... passed for 1,500 yards and ran for 1,300 as a senior... Cobb County Touchdown Club Quarterback of the Year... played for Coach Billy Shackelford... member of team that won region championship as a junior... wide receiver MVP for the National Underclassmen Ultimate 100... earned two letters for Yellow Jacket track and field team, running the 100 meter Dash and competing in the long jump and as a member of the 4X100 relay team.
Personal
Full name is Jerick Deshun McKinnon... born May 3, 1992 in Atlanta, Ga., ... son of Rungie and Frances McKinnon... brother Lester Norwood earned four letters as a free safety at Florida.
 
Player News
05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Vikings' picks: Round 3/96 - Jerick McKinnon, RB, 5-9, 209, Georgia Southern...McKinnon was primarily a triple-option quarterback at the FCS school. He also played tailback, receiver, fullback and even a couple games at cornerback. The Vikings said they'll use him as a third-down, change-of-pace back behind Adrian Peterson, who lost his backup, Toby Gerhart, to free agency. McKinnon, a 1,000-yard rusher a year ago, has the speed, agility, burst and unusual strength - he led all running backs at the combine with 32 reps in the bench press - to be the kind of change of pace that Turner likes to utilize in his offensive packages. - The Sports Xchange
 

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