Patrick Laird

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Patrick Laird
No. 32 – Miami Dolphins
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1995-08-17) August 17, 1995 (age 24)
San Luis Obispo, California
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Mission Prep
San Luis Obispo (CA)
College:California
Undrafted:2019
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2019
Rushing attempts:62
Rushing yards:168
Rushing touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Patrick Michael Laird (born August 17, 1995) is an American football running back for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of California, Berkeley.

Early years[edit]

Laird attended Mission College Preparatory High School in San Luis Obispo, California. As a senior, he rushed for 3,117 yards and 32 touchdowns on 408 carries for an average of 7.6 yards per rush.[1]

College career[edit]

Laird began his college career for the California Golden Bears in 2014 as a walk-on. He redshirted his second year at California in 2015.[2] In his second year of eligibility in 2016, he received second-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors.[3]

2017 season[edit]

As a junior in 2017, he played in 11 games and rushed 191 times for 1,127 yards and 8 touchdowns.[2] He is the sixteenth player in Cal history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season.[4] Laird's 214 yards rushing against Oregon State in 2017 ranks tenth in program history for rushing yards in a single game.[5]

He received first-team Pac-12 All-Academic honors,[6] All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention,[7] and was named a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, which is awarded annually to the nation’s most outstanding college football player who began his career as a walk-on.[8]

2018 season[edit]

As a senior in 2018, he played in 11 games and rushed 197 times for 816 yards and 5 touchdowns.[2]

Laird was a Finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy[9] and the Senior CLASS Award.[10] He was also named a semi-finalist for the Campbell Trophy.[11]

While at California, Laird began a summer reading program, inspiring over 1,000 elementary school students to read at least four books a summer.[12]

Statistics[edit]

Season Rushing[2]
GP Att Yds TD Avg/Rush Avg/Game
2014 5 3 6 0 2.0 1.2
2015 Redshirt season
2016 12 8 59 1 7.4 4.9
2017 11 191 1,127 8 5.9 102.5
2018 11 197 816 5 4.1 74.2
Totals 39 399 2,008 14 5.0 51.5

Professional career[edit]

Laird went undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft, and signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent. [13][14]

Laird gained the nickname "The Intern" after being confused to be an intern during training camp.[15]

Laird scored his first career touchdown in a 37–31 upset over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13.[16] Overall, Laird finished the 2019 season with 62 carries for 168 yards and one touchdown to go along with 23 receptions for 204 yards.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "This Mission Prep star spent 3 years as a walk-on at Cal. That finally changed last week". The Tribune.
  2. ^ a b c d "Football Roster: Patrick Laird". CalBears.com.
  3. ^ "Pac-12 Announces Football All-Academic Teams". Pac-12. November 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "Cal-UCLA Postgame Notes". CalBears.com.
  5. ^ "Cal-Oregon State Postgame Notes". CalBears.com.
  6. ^ "Laird and Rubenzer First-Team Pac-12 All-Academic". CalBears.com. November 30, 2017.
  7. ^ "Pac-12 Football All-Conference Team Announced". Pac-12. December 5, 2017.
  8. ^ "Burlsworth Trophy Announces Nominees". BurlsworthTrophy.com. October 31, 2017.
  9. ^ "Patrick Laird Named Burlsworth Trophy Finalist". Cal Bears.com. Cal Athletics. November 13, 2018.
  10. ^ "Patrick Laird Selected Senior CLASS Award Finalist". CalBears.com. Cal Athletics. October 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "Patrick Laird Named Campbell Trophy Semifinalist". CalBears.com. Cal Athletics. September 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "How Cal's running back inspired kids to spend their summer reading". espn.com. ESPN. September 27, 2018.
  13. ^ Dickman, Chance (April 27, 2019). "Cal RB Patrick Laird signs undrafted free agent deal with Dolphins". KSBY. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  14. ^ "Dolphins Sign 18 Undrafted College Free Agents". MiamiDolphins.com. May 9, 2019.
  15. ^ "The Intern: Rookie RB Patrick Laird Introduces Himself With Clutch Touchdown". www.miamidolphins.com. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  16. ^ Schad, Joe. ""The Intern" Patrick Laird scores Miami Dolphins' game-winning touchdown". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  17. ^ "Patrick Laird 2019 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 13, 2020.