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J. D. McKissic (born August 15, 1993) is an American football running back for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Arkansas State. He finished his college career with 289 receptions (ranking 1st all time in the Sun Belt) along with 2,838 yards.

J. D. McKissic
No. 41 – Detroit Lions
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1993-08-15) August 15, 1993 (age 26)
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Central (Phenix City, Alabama)
College:Arkansas State
Undrafted:2016
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Rushing attempts:50
Rushing yards:197
Rushing touchdowns:1
Receptions:36
Receiving yards:282
Receiving touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

College careerEdit

McKissic was an outstanding multi-position player for the Arkansas State Red Wolves, starting in all but three games (due to an ankle injury his junior year) of his college career.[2] As a red-shirt freshman in 2012, he had 103 receptions (2nd in the Sun Belt, and a school record), 1,022 yards receiving (3rd in the Sun Belt, 2nd all-time at Arkansas State), won Sun Belt Freshman of the Year honors, and was a Scripps Freshman All-American.[3][4] In the Go-Daddy Bowl, he won the offensive MVP after tying a school record with 11 receptions, along with 113 yards and a touchdown against Kent State.[5] His four 100+ yard receiving games tied for third most in an Arkansas State season, and he twice tied for third most receptions in a game with 12.[6]

Over the next three years, his receiving output was less (500-700 yards), but he was used more often as a running back and return specialist. In 2013 as a sophomore, he had a school-record 15 receptions in a game 5 loss to Missouri, and a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown the next week against Idaho.[7][8] He also threw a touchdown the last game of the season against Western Kentucky.[9] His 82 receptions was third all-time. He received an All-American Honorable Mention in 'Sports Illustrated', and was on the Biletnikoff Award watchlist. He was named a Sun Belt All-Conference player at three positions (All-purpose, wide receiver, and return specialist). In the Go-Daddy Bowl, he had nine receptions for 72 yards against Ball State.[10] In 2014, the Junior again helped his team return to the GoDaddy Bowl, and again won the MVP.[11] Overall, he finished the 2014 season with 52 receptions for 629 receiving yards and nine rushes for 115 yards and a rushing touchdown.[12]

His senior year, he was named a Sun Belt All-Conference player for the third time, as both a wide receiver and all-purpose player, after recording 525 yards receiving, 112 yards rushing, and 654 kickoff return yards (5th all time, including a school record with 211 in game 7 against Toledo, and his second touchdown).[6] He was injured early in the New Orleans Bowl, but still recorded three receptions for 26 yards, three rushes for 25 yards, a 9-yard completed pass, and an 18-yard kickoff return against Louisiana Tech.[13][14][15]

He was named to the all-century Arkansas State team in 2017. He ended his career with 289 receptions (1st all-time for Arkansas State), for 2,838 yards (1st) and 11 touchdowns (7th), returned 53 kickoffs (6th) for 1,473 yards (5th) and a 27.8 yard average (1st).

Collegiate statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving
Att Yards Avg Long TD Rec Yards Avg Long TD
2011 Arkansas State 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2012 Arkansas State 13 2 13 6.5 7 0 103 1,022 9.9 74 5
2013 Arkansas State 13 18 139 7.7 32 1 82 662 8.1 40 4
2014 Arkansas State 10 9 115 12.8 55 1 52 629 12.1 65 0
2015 Arkansas State 13 18 112 6.2 26 0 52 525 10.1 49 2
Career 50 47 379 8.1 55 2 289 2,838 9.8 74 11

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Professional careerEdit

Atlanta FalconsEdit

McKissic signed with the Atlanta Falcons after going undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft.[17] His first touch in the NFL was a 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in a preseason game against the Washington Redskins.[18] On September 3, 2016, McKissic was waived by the Falcons as part of final roster cuts and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[19][20] He was promoted to the active roster on December 16, 2016, but he was waived three days later.[21][22]

Seattle SeahawksEdit

McKissic was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks on December 20, 2016.[23] In Week 17, against the 49ers, he made his NFL debut and had two receptions for 16 yards.[24]

In Week 4 of the 2017 season against Indianapolis, he had four carries for 38 yards (including a 30-yard touchdown on his second career carry in the third quarter), and a 27-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth.[25] Overall, he finished the 2017 season with 187 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, 34 receptions, 266 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns.[26]

On September 3, 2018, McKissic was placed on injured reserve with a foot injury.[27] He was activated off injured reserve on November 28, 2018.[28]

On August 31, 2019, McKissic was waived by the Seahawks during final roster cuts.[29]

Detroit LionsEdit

On September 1, 2019, McKissic was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Lions.[30]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Former Central standout J.D. McKissic returns home to face Auburn". Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  2. ^ "Jaguar Buzz: South Alabama Jaguars at Arkansas State Red Wolves". AL.com.
  3. ^ "2012 Sun Belt Conference Summary". College Football at Sports-Reference.com.
  4. ^ "J.D. McKissic 2012 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "GoDaddy.com Bowl - Kent State vs Arkansas State Box Score, January 6, 2013". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Arkansas State Media Guide, 2017" (PDF). NMN Athletics. Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "Arkansas State at Missouri Box Score, September 28, 2013". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "Idaho at Arkansas State Box Score, October 12, 2013". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "Arkansas State at Western Kentucky Box Score, November 30, 2013". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "GoDaddy.com Bowl - Arkansas State vs Ball State Box Score, January 5, 2014". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "GoDaddy Bowl - Toledo vs Arkansas State Box Score, January 4, 2015". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  12. ^ "J.D. McKissic 2014 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  13. ^ "New Orleans Bowl - Arkansas State vs Louisiana Tech Box Score, December 19, 2015". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  14. ^ "J.D. McKissic 2015 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  15. ^ "J.D. McKissic Career Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com.
  16. ^ "J.D. McKissic College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  17. ^ "Falcons Agree to Terms with 22 CFAs". AtlantaFalcons.com. May 5, 2016. Archived from the original on August 7, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  18. ^ "Watch Phenix City's J.D. McKissic score 101-yard TD on first NFL touch for Atlanta Falcons". Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  19. ^ "Falcons Finalize 53-Man Roster For 2016 Season". AtlantaFalcons.com. September 3, 2016. Archived from the original on October 3, 2017.
  20. ^ "Falcons Claim WR Gabriel, Sign 7 to Practice Squad". September 4, 2016. Archived from the original on October 19, 2017. Retrieved September 4, 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  21. ^ Jackson, Curtis (December 16, 2016). "Ishmael Placed on IR, McKissic Promoted". AtlantaFalcons.com. Archived from the original on October 19, 2017.
  22. ^ Jackson, Curtis (December 19, 2016). "Falcons Sign Daniels to Practice Squad, Waive McKissic". AtlantaFalcons.com.
  23. ^ Boyle, John (December 20, 2016). "Seahawks Make Roster Moves". Seahawks.com. Archived from the original on October 3, 2017.
  24. ^ "Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers - January 1st, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  25. ^ "J.D. McKissic takes the Seahawks from stumbling to rumbling over the Colts". The Seattle Times. October 1, 2017.
  26. ^ "J.D. McKissic 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  27. ^ Boyle, John (September 3, 2018). "Seahawks Claim LB Jermaine Grace Off Waivers; Place J.D. McKissic On Injured Reserve". Seahawks.com.
  28. ^ Boyle, John (November 28, 2018). "Seahawks Activate J.D. McKissic From Injured Reserve List". Seahawks.com.
  29. ^ Boyle, John (August 31, 2019). "Seahawks Make Roster Moves, Establish 53-Man Roster". Seahawks.com.
  30. ^ "Lions acquire RB J.D. McKissic via waivers". DetroitLions.com. September 1, 2019. Retrieved September 1, 2019.

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