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Draft Scout Jerick McKinnon News
05/12/14 - 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
02/27/14 - 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
12/05/13 - 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
11/24/13 - 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
11/09/13 - 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