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University of Miami Athletics

Jaylan Knighton


Running Back




190 lbs.


Third-Year Sophomore


Lauderhill, Fla.

High School

Deerfield Beach



Jaylan Knighton - Football - University of Miami Athletics

2021 (True Freshman*): Ended season as team’s starting running back, finishing with team-high 561 rushing yards despite playing in just eight games…Started final six games of season…Finished with team-best eight rushing touchdowns and averaged more than 70 rushing yards per game…Had three games of at least two rushing touchdowns…Added 20 catches for 280 yards and three receiving touchdowns…Ranked second on team with 841 all-purpose yards… Made season debut against Virginia (Sept. 30) and finished with 44 rushing yards on 15 carries…Totaled 92 rushing yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns against North Carolina (Oct. 16)…Added 73 receiving yards and first receiving touchdown of season against Tar Heels…Three-touchdown performance including 60-yard receiving score…Finished with 166 all-purpose yards in first start of career against NC State (Oct. 23)…Had six catches for 83 yards with one receiving touchdown and 21 carries for 83 yards in win over Wolfpack…Scored two rushing touchdowns and had 80 yards on 17 carries in win at Pittsburgh (Oct. 30)… Delivered best performance of career with 162 yards in win over Georgia Tech (Nov. 6)…Totaled career-high 32 carries in victory over Yellow Jackets…100-yard performance was first of career and marked a new career high…Had 16 carries at Florida State (Nov. 13)…Added two catches for 64 yards with one touchdown against Seminoles…Scored two rushing touchdowns in win over Virginia Tech (Nov. 20)…Finished season with 51 yards on 13 carries and one touchdown in win over Duke (Nov. 27).

2020 (True Freshman): Saw action in nine games and made two starts in first collegiate season…Rushed for 209 yards and one touchdown, averaging 4.0 yards per carry on 52 attempts…Led all running backs with 135 receiving yards in regular season…Caught 11 passes and had one touchdown reception…Made career debut in season opener against UAB (Sept. 10), finishing with 59 rushing yards on just nine carries…Averaged 5.5 yards and had long run of 25 yards in victory over Blazers…Scored first two touchdowns of collegiate career in road win at top-20 Louisville (Sept. 19)…Scored on 3-yard rush in first quarter and added career-long 75-yard touchdown reception in win over Cardinals…Had five carries totaling 28 yards in romp of rival Florida State (Sept. 26)…Added three receptions for 35 yards against Seminoles…Totaled one carry and one reception at No. 1 Clemson (Oct. 10)…Had career-high five receptions totaling 27 yards in win over Pittsburgh (Oct. 17)…Finished with seven carries against Panthers…Posted 12 carries in win over Virginia (Oct. 24)…Rushed five times in come-from-behind win at NC State (Nov. 6)…Finished with 27 rushing yards in win at Virginia Tech (Nov. 14)…Made second start of career in road win at Duke (Dec. 5) but left game early due to injury that kept him out for remainder of season.

High School: A consensus four-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals…Rated No. 146 in the Rivals Top 250…Ranked the No. 5 running back nationally and No. 25 player in Florida by Rivals… Listed as the No. 88 player in the ESPN300…Rated the No. 11 running back nationally and No. 15 player in Florida by ESPN…Ranked the No. 104 player nationally by 247 Composite…Listed as the No. 10 running back in the country and No. 19 player in Florida by 247 Composite…Selected to participate in 2020 Under Armour All-America Game…Participated in The Opening in the summer of 2019…Helped lead Deerfield Beach to the semifinals in the Florida Class 8A state playoffs…Finished the 2019 season with 1,414 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns, averaging 9.7 yards per carry, while adding 13 receptions for 267 yards and two touchdowns…Ended career as all-time leading rusher in Broward County history with 5,150 yards…Chose Miami over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Missouri, NC State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, Syracuse and Tennessee, among others.

* indicates student-athlete received extra year of eligibility in 2021 due to 2020 season affected by COVID-19 pandemic