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Samford vs. Georgia Southern: Jerick McKinnon having an impressive 2012

After a strong finish to the year in 2011, the Eagles RB has raised the bar even higher so far in 2012.

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Georgia Southern junior RB Jerick McKinnon has been a jack of all trades in his career in Statesboro.

In his first two seasons, he's spent time as a QB, WR, RB, DB and KR. Now, in his third season, he's been able to handle a much larger role in the running game.

He's put up excellent statistics so far in 2012: 196 yards and two TDs with an excellent 6.3 yards per carry average.

His versatility has impressed the Eagles coaching staff, as Georgia Southern coach Jeff Monken talked about with reporters on Wednesday (courtesy of the Statesboro Herald):

"We've played him in several different places. I think he's one of our best athletes. He's a fast, physical player, and he's fairly elusive in the open field. I think he does a good job when he's in the game with the football and without it. He threw a block to spring (Johnathan Bryant) for a long touchdown to start the second half. I think he can help our football team a lot of different ways. We try to put him in a position where he can help us."

McKinnon should have a big role in the Eagles offense when they take on Sanford on Saturday.

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