Early accolades for Georgia Southern's Jerick McKinnon

By: Staff
By: Staff

Monday May 6, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) announced its watch list Monday, May 6th, for the 2013 CFPA FCS Quarterback Award, with Georgia Southern quarterback Jerick McKinnon earning a spot on the list. The preliminary watch list highlights 32 returning performers, vying for the top quarterback honor in the Football Championship Subdivision. The largest awards organization in D-I college football, CFPA presents 45 awards annually and honors 29 student-athletes for their accomplishments on the field each week.

"Congratulations to Jerick McKinnon on earning a spot on the 2013 CFPA Watch List," stated CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "A dangerous weapon in the Georgia Southern option attack, McKinnon will likely lead Georgia Southern to success in 2013."

With 129.79 rushing yards per game, McKinnon ranked seventh nationally and held additional spots on the NCAA charts. He finished the 2012 season with seven-straight games with 100 or more yards rushing, including a 316-yard effort against Central Arkansas. His 1,817-rushing yard total for 2012 ranked third on Georgia Southern’s single-season list behind only Adrian Peterson and Jayson Foster. The Marietta, Ga., native returns this season as the top quarterback and one of the top six running backs on the NCAA active career rushing yards list.

McKinnon and six other starters return on offense for the Eagles after guiding the most potent rushing attack in the nation in 2012. Six starters return on the defensive side of the ball as Georgia Southern kicks off its 2013 season August 31st at 6 p.m. against Savannah State.

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