Jerick McKinnon - 2013
JUNIOR (2012): Team MVP and Iron Works Dedication Award winner... Rushed for 1,817 yards and 20 touchdowns in 14 starts between quarterback, a-back and b-back... Season rushing total ranks third all-time in school history... Finished 17 rushing yards short of tying Adrian Peterson's school record 333 yard rushing performance against UMass and set new school record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 316 yards against Central Arkansas (12/1)... Averaged a team-best 129.8 rushing yards per game... Finished the season with seven-straight 100-yard rushing games... Made his first start at quarterback at Western Carolina (10/6)... Ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns against Samford (9/29)... Rushed for 141 yards and three touchdowns in the triple overtime win over Chattanooga (10/27)... Rushed for three touchdowns and passed for two more in a win over Howard (11/10)... Ran for 109 yards and two scores at Georgia (11/17)... Scored four touchdowns and ran for 171 yards on ESPN in the FCS Quarterfinals at Old Dominion (12/8)... Ran and passed for a touchdown in the FCS Semifinals on ESPN2 at North Dakota State (12/14).
SOPHOMORE (2011): 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.
FRESHMAN (2010): 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.
PREP: 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... listens to “Goodbye” by Wiz Khalifa and “Requiem for a Dream” before playing or going to practice... favorite color is green... favorite food is fried chicken... favorite movie is “Friday After Next”... brother has had the biggest influence on his life because “he has always been there for me and gives me guidance and feedback when needed. I look at him as not just a brother, but as a positive role model I can count on whenever”.