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Getting to Know: Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion Updated: May 14, 2014 - 8:51 AM

Name: Jerick McKinnon

Position: RB

School: Georgia Southern

Background:

Scored the game-winning touchdown against Florida last year in the school’s first win over a BCS team in Florida

Finished with 3,899 career rushing yards and 42 rushing touchdowns in four years as a quarterback and running back; also played cornerback

Three-time Iron Works Dedication Award, given to the strongest player on the team, and a member of the Georgia Southern Football’s Leadership Council

Selected as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution first-team All-State quarterback selection and named 7 AAAA Player of the Year at Sprayberry High in Marietta, Ga. (same school as Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd)

His brother, Lester Norwood, was a defensive back at Florida from 1998-2002

On if he made contact with the Vikings during the process

I got to talk to them at the Combine with the area scout, got a chance to talk the running backs coach, and got a really good feel for them. It is definitely one of the places that I was wishing that I’d have a chance to play, coming in and learning Adrian Peterson and the other running backs, just soaking in all of their knowledge like a sponge and adding it to my game.

On if he’s been a fan of running back Adrian Peterson

For a long time. Just the he plays the game with passion and his physicality. He is one of the best in the game, I think he’s the best in the game as a matter of fact and it is a dream come true to come in and watch him and learn from a guy like that.

On if he thinks he can lessen Peterson’s load

I think I can come in and contribute to the team whether that is at running back or return man on special teams. However they want to use me, I will give them 110% and do my best to push myself. As a rookie, I want to come in to push other guys and I hope it all works out for good.

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2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pm
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pm
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

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