Jerick Mckinnon is an American football player signed by the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL) where he functions as running back. Like most of his counterparts, he started off honing his skills right from high school down to a collegiate football career. Apart from football, he has proved himself severally as a versatile athlete who has competed in sporting activities including long jump as well as track & field. He sure is a talented one whose career is predicted to advance successfully in the coming years. Meanwhile, here are some interesting details about his career so far.
Jerick McKinnon Bio
Jerick Thomas McKinnon was born to, Frances Mckinnon and Rungie McKinnon in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, on the 3rd of May, 1992. For his high school education, he studied at Sprayberry High School which is located in Marietta, Georgia. While at the school, Jerick joined the football team where he excelled with his ability to play three different positions, wide receiver, quarterback, and running back, comfortably.
In his junior year, he earned the title, MVP, for the National Underclassmen Ultimate 100 and was named Region VII AAAA Player of the Year. In 2009, when he was in his senior year, Jerick picked up Cobb County Touchdown Club Quarterback of the Year honors after he had rushed for 1,300 and passed for 1,500 yards.
After graduating from high school, Jerrick Mckinnon proceeded to further his studies and build up a collegiate career in football at Georgia Southern University in 2010. When he first started with the team, he was assigned the role of taking care of the chores that needed to be done for the players. Having proved himself a dedicated young man, he was later used as a slotback and quarterback for the 2010 campaign.
In the same year, he completed a 430-yard rush on 109 attempts with a total of three touchdowns. He also did well to clinch the very first score of his career when his team played against Savannah State. Also, for a brief period, he held the record for the most rushing attempts in a single match after he made a 182-yard mark in a total of 35 attempts at the Citadel. In 2003, during the match against South Carolina State, Jerick Mckinnon was very instrumental in leading his team to their third-highest rushing total with 323 yards covered
Getting to his senior year in 2013, Jerick aided his team to clinch a majority offense of 10 touchdowns and 576 rushings which went on record to be the highest single-game totals in the NCAA Divison. In his final year with his team at the Georgia Southern University, he recorded a consecutive 1,000 yard rushing season, four passing scores, 1,050 yards (6.5 avg) with a total of 12 rushing touchdowns. He was later invited to the prestigious Reese’s Senior Bowl where he was honored as the “Iron Works Dedication Award winner,” making it the third time he would be winning such an award.
Jerick McKinnon Professional Career
After his college career, Jerrick Mckinnon was then drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 3rd round (96th overall), making him the 7th running back (RB) to be selected that year. Though he played in only 11 games with six season starts, he was the MVP who led the Vikings to a 4.8 yard per carrying average even as a rookie. He experienced a setback in his rookie campaign due to a back injury which meant he had to sit out the game on injured reserve on the 6th of December 2013.
He luckily caught his first career pass from a one-yarder in 2014. He was opportune to start his first career game, playing against the Detroit Lions just 6 weeks after joining the Vikings. The game ended with him running 42 yards on a total of 6 receptions as well as 40 yards on 11 carries. Another back injury occurred, causing him to be put on injured reserve. Nevertheless, Jerick Mckinnon managed to finish the season with 135 yards and 538 rushing yards.
Height, Weight, And Other Facts
Having the right body type is crucial for any athlete intending to make a success out of a tough yet interesting sport like American football. Here are the body statistics of Jerrick Mckinnon:
Height: 1.75 m
Weight: 98 kg
Eyes: Black Pearl