He was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Panthers. Gainwell was named Class 3A Mr. Football as he led the Panthers to a 14–1 record and an appearance in the Class 3A state championship game. BAD 1 - 2 POOR 2 - 3 FAIR 3 - 4 GOOD 4 - 5. The Athletic's Dane Brugler listed him as his No. [2][3][4] Gainwell finished his high school career with 3,682 yards passing and 32 passing touchdowns and 4,730 rushing yards and 75 rushing touchdowns with one kickoff returned for a touchdown. "Yazoo County QB Kenny Gainwell Commits To Memphis", "Older brother helps Kory Gainwell tackle recruiting process", "2017 Class 3A Mr. Football: Kenneth Gainwell", Mississippi High School Activities Association, "Gainwell relishes lead running back role as Tigers face Navy", "State of the Program: Memphis is the team to beat in the AAC West, and it has its sights set higher", "Tigers' Gainwell earns top weekly honor in AAC", "Gainwell has fifth best odds to win Heisman Trophy in 2020", "Memphis' Antonio Gibson, Kenneth Gainwell among Tigers honored in 2019 All-AAC awards", "Memphis Tigers running back Kenneth Gainwell named freshman player of the year", "Tigers running back, Kenny Gainwell, earns All-American status", "Memphis freshman Kenneth Gainwell earns second-team All-American honors from Sporting News, AFCA", "Yazoo County's Kory Gainwell commits to Memphis", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kenneth_Gainwell&oldid=968083219, Players of American football from Mississippi, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 July 2020, at 04:03. Gainwell grew up in Yazoo City, Mississippi and attended Yazoo County High School. He also confirmed that his decision was affected by personal tragedy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. College football at the (kind of) midway point: Awards watch and unbelievable moments. Gainwell exploded onto … Early life and high school. But whatever Gainwell decides next, few will forget his two seasons at Memphis or how his play was inspired by his older brother Curtis Jr. overcoming a stroke. Memphis running back Kenneth Gainwell confirmed Monday night that he won't play this season in an open letter shared to Twitter.. Get the latest news, stats, videos, highlights and more about running back During the summer going into his senior season Gainwell committed to play college football at Memphis over offers from Ole Miss and Tulane. But with seven weeks down and eight to go until conference title weekend, let's look back on the best of the year so far. Gainwell's letter did not state whether or not he'll enter next year's NFL Draft, but he is eligible with this being his third year in college. Want to stay informed on the latest Memphis sports news? Rate Kenneth.

He was a three-year starter at quarterback for the Panthers. 5 running back prospect. Get the latest news, stats, videos, highlights and more about running back Kenneth Gainwell on ESPN. "I've had to arrive at the toughest decision of my life, which is to opt out of the 2020 College Football season," Gainwell said in his letter. As a junior, he passed for 1,184 yards and nine touchdowns and rushed for 1,292 yards and 20 touchdowns. The sophomore thanked the current and past Tigers coaching staff for investing time to make him a better player and man. Kenneth Gainwell is an American football running back for the Memphis Tigers. [7] He rushed for 1,459 yards with 13 touchdowns on 231 carries and caught 51 passes for 610 yards and three touchdowns and was named the AAC Freshman of the Year and first team All-AAC. Gainwell ended the letter by saying rest in peace to two uncles and an aunt who succumbed to the disease. “He’s a young man that meant a lot to the university and will always hold a place in my heart," Silverfield said. The X factors that make Trevor Lawrence elite. Tennessee Volunteers fire D-line coach after rare home loss to Kentucky. [8][9] He was named a second team All-American by the Sporting News and the American Football Coaches Association and the National Freshman of the Year by the Football Writers Association of America. Kenneth Gainwell, 49 Hammond, LA. He finished the season with four carries for 91 yards and a touchdown, a 73-yard run, and six receptions for 52 yards. Jimmy Brumbaugh is out as Tennessee's defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator following a rare loss at home to Kentucky. Photos | Summary | Follow. [10][11][12], Gainwell's younger brother, Kory, played defensive back and running back at Yazoo County and is committed to play at Memphis.[13]. 4 running back prospect and ESPN's Todd McShay has him as his No. [1] As a senior, he passed for 1,139 yards and 10 touchdowns and ran for 1,834 yards and 32 touchdowns. Kenneth Gainwell, a first-team All-AAC performer as a redshirt freshman last season, totaled 2,069 all-purpose yards, which was the most of any freshman in the FBS. After redshirting four games in 2018, he became one of the best running backs in the country last season with 2,069 all-purpose yards.

He was named a second-team All-American by the Sporting News and American Football Coaches Association as well Freshman of the Year by the Football Writers Association of America. Memphis star RB Gainwell opting out, father says, A way-too-early look at next season's top Heisman Trophy contenders. Younger brother, Kory, joined the Tigers prior to the 2020 season … Birthday is March 14 ... Criminal justice major.

The memories from the Murphy Athletic Complex to the Liberty Bowl will last a lifetime.". From Ohio State's high expectations to the conference's COVID-19 protocols, there is plenty to pay attention to when the Big Ten kicks off this week. Gainwell's father said they have lost four family members to COVID-19, including Kenneth Jr.'s uncle whose funeral was held over the weekend. Memphis running back Kenneth Gainwell confirmed Monday night that he won't play this season in an open letter shared to Twitter. "I love this game with all my heart and never thought I'd have to make this decision. Dan Orlovsky commends Trevor Lawrence's self-awareness and desire for perfection, saying it's a "no-brainer" that the Jets should draft him if they land the No. "I appreciate the love that's been poured out, especially the bonds I've been able to form with each and every one of my teammates," Gainwell said. Kenneth Gainwell is an American football running back for the Memphis Tigers. You can reach Evan Barnes on Twitter (@Evan_B) or by email at evan.barnes@commercialappeal.com, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy.

[5], Gainwell moved to running back during summer training camp and played in four games as a true freshman before deciding to redshirt the rest of the season. His family includes Fletcher Cox who is a DT for the Philadelphia Eagles as well as Trebor Gainwell and Robert Gainwell, who also played collegiate football at Southern Arkansas University and Alcorn State University, respectively. 2021 college football recruiting class rankings: USC, Georgia rise in top 10. BAD GOOD. Approximate He was named the co-American Athletic Conference (AAC) player of the week after rushing for 104 yards and a touchdown and gaining 204 yards and scoring two touchdowns on nine receptions on October 19, 2019 in a 47–17 win over Tulane. [6], As a redshirt freshman, Gainwell was named the Tigers' starting running back following the departure of Tony Pollard. 1 pick in the NFL draft.

"Being a Tiger has meant so much to me. Only in 2020 can we be celebrating the midway point before the Big Ten or Pac-12 has taken the field. Purdue coach Jeff Brohm confirmed he had a positive COVID-19 test and will follow CDC and Big Ten guidelines and self-isolate for 10 days, becoming the first Big Ten head coach to publicly announce a positive diagnosis. But I just lost my 3rd family member to COVID-19 and after taking time to reflect I know it's time for me to look after my family.".

This is Me - Control Profile. An insider's guide to the Big Ten college football season. Gainwell grew up in Yazoo City, Mississippi and attended Yazoo County High School. Alabama and Oregon are still in the top three, but their conference rivals are moving up the recruiting class rankings. The sophomore thanked … Memphis coach Ryan Silverfield said during his radio show Monday night that he supported and respected Gainwell's decision as he would any player who decides to opt out this season. A Commercial Appeal subscription gets you unlimited access to the best inside information and updates on local sports, and the ability to tap into sports news from throughout the USA TODAY Network's 109 local sites. Copyright: © 2020 ESPN Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved. Memphis' White drops a 41-yard dime that leads to TD, Wide-open Gainwell scores on pass from White, Gainwell's 68-yard TD caps 200-yard performance, Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm confirms positive coronavirus test, will miss opener.

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