RBJerick McKinnon

Georgia Southern — Sun Belt
  • Height: 5-9
  • Weight: 215
  • Hometown: Marietta, GA
  • Age: 21


2013 (SENIOR): 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 (JUNIOR): Named by the Sports Network to the 2013 watch list for the Walter Payton Award, presented to the top offensive player in the FCS... Incredibly versatile, talented athlete who excels wherever he is put on the field… Earned first-team All-America honors at quarterback from the College Sports Journal and College Sporting News… College Football Performance Awards became first media outlet of 2013 to include him on a quarterback award watch list … 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 national and is 8th on Georgia Southern’s single-season list, most by a quarterback since Jayson Foster in 2007 (167.6)… Closing in on the 3,000 career rushing yards mark, now 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 (399.6 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).

2011 (SOPHOMORE): 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 (FRESHMAN): 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... 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."