Brandon Aiyuk
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Aiyuk with the 49ers in 2020
No. 11 – San Francisco 49ers
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1998-03-17) March 17, 1998 (age 26)
Rocklin, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Robert McQueen (Reno, Nevada)
College:
NFL draft:2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Receptions:269
Receiving yards:3,931
Rushing yards:117
Return yards:234
Total touchdowns:27
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Brandon Aiyuk (EYE-yook; born March 17, 1998) is an American football wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Sierra College and Arizona State and was selected by the 49ers in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft.

Early life

Aiyuk was born in Rocklin, California and grew up in Reno, Nevada.[1][2] He is of Cameroonian descent.[3] He attended Robert McQueen High School.[4] He played wide receiver, defensive back and returned kicks for the McQueen high school football team and was named first-team All-Northern Nevada and honorable mention All-State as a senior.[5]

College career

Aiyuk at Sierra College in 2016 (top) and with Arizona State in 2019 (bottom)

Sierra College

2016 season

Aiyuk began his college football career at Sierra College. As a freshman, he caught 29 passes for 573 yards and five touchdowns and was named All-NorCal Conference.[6]

2017 season

He was named a Junior College All-American in his sophomore season after recording 60 receptions for 960 yards and 14 touchdowns while also returning 11 kickoffs for 418 yards and two touchdowns and 14 punts for 313 yards and a touchdown.[7] He finished his junior college career with 2,499 all-purpose yards and 21 touchdowns. He was named First-Team All-NorCal Conference and All-State after the season.

Aiyuk committed to transfer to Arizona State for the final two years of his NCAA eligibility over offers from Colorado State, Kansas, Tennessee, and Alabama.[8] He chose Arizona State because it was one of the few schools that recruited him to play wide receiver, instead as only a return specialist or planned to move him to the defensive side of the ball.[9]

Arizona State

2018 season

In his first year with the Sun Devils, Aiyuk had 33 catches for 474 yards and three touchdowns with an additional 381 total return yards.[10][11]

2019 season

Aiyuk was named third-team preseason All-Pac-12 Conference going into his senior season.[12] He was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after catching seven passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns in a 38–34 win over Washington State on October 12, 2019.[13] Aiyuk was also named the conference Special Teams Player of the Week after posting 44 kickoff return yards and 76 punt return yards, 63 of which came on his first return for a touchdown at ASU, against Oregon State on November 16. He also had a career-high 10 receptions for 173 receiving yards and a touchdown in the game and his 293 all-purpose yards were the fifth-most in a single game in school history.[14] Aiyuk finished the season with 65 receptions for 1,192 yards and eight touchdowns, returned 14 punts for 226 yards and one touchdown and 14 kickoffs for 446 yards, and was named first-team All-Pac-12 as both a wide receiver and as a return specialist.[15]

College statistics

Season GP Receiving Rushing Kick returning Punt returning
Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Ret Yds Avg TD Ret Yds Avg TD
Sierra College Wolverines
2016 10 29 573 19.8 5 1 −1 −1.0 0 11 163 14.8 0 3 14 4.7 0
2017 10 60 960 16.0 14 13 59 4.5 1 11 418 38.0 2 14 313 22.4 1
Totals 20 89 1,533 17.2 19 14 58 4.1 1 22 581 26.4 2 17 327 19.2 1
Arizona State Sun Devils
2018 13 33 474 14.4 3 15 339 22.6 0 11 67 6.1 0
2019 12 65 1,192 18.3 8 1 6 6.0 0 14 446 31.9 0 14 226 16.1 1
Totals 25 98 1,666 17 11 1 6 6 0 29 785 27.1 0 25 293 11.7 1

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press Wonderlic
5 ft 11+58 in
(1.82 m)
205 lb
(93 kg)
33+12 in
(0.85 m)
9+34 in
(0.25 m)
4.50 s 1.52 s 2.63 s 40.0 in
(1.02 m)
10 ft 8 in
(3.25 m)
11 reps 23
All values from NFL Combine[16]

2020 season

Aiyuk was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round with the 25th pick in the 2020 NFL draft after they acquired the pick from the Minnesota Vikings in a trade.[17] On June 26, 2020, Aiyuk signed a four-year $12.5 million contract with the team, with a $6.6 million signing bonus.[18] On August 23, 2020, Aiyuk sustained a hamstring injury in training camp, resulting in him being inactive in Week 1.[19] He made his NFL debut in Week 2 against the New York Jets and recorded two receptions for 21 yards in the 31–13 victory.[20] In Week 3 against the New York Giants, Aiyuk recorded 101 yards from scrimmage and his first career rushing touchdown during the 36–9 win.[21] He became the franchise's first wide receiver since 1970 to have a rushing touchdown be their first career score.[22] In Week 4, against the Philadelphia Eagles on NBC Sunday Night Football, he had a 38-yard rushing touchdown in the 25–20 loss.[23] He became the first wide receiver since the NFL-AFL merger to record two rushing touchdowns in his first three professional games.[24] He recorded his first professional 100-yard game with six receptions for 115 yards in a 33–6 victory over the New England Patriots in Week 7.[25]

Aiyuk was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on November 4, 2020,[26] and activated two days later.[27] He was placed back on the COVID-19 list on November 20,[28] and activated again on December 2.[29] In Week 14 against the Washington Football Team, Aiyuk recorded 10 catches for 119 yards during the 23–15 loss.[30] As a rookie, he appeared in 12 games and started 11. He finished with 60 receptions for 748 yards and five receiving touchdowns. In addition, he scored two rushing touchdowns.[31]

2021 season

Aiyuk started in all 17 games for the 49ers, in which he had 56 receptions for 826 yards and five touchdowns.[32]

2022 season

In Week 16, against the Raiders, Aiyuk had nine receptions for 101 yards and a receiving touchdown to go with a 16-yard rushing touchdown in the win. In the 2022 season, Aiyuk appeared in and started all 17 games, recording 78 receptions for 1,015 yards and eight touchdowns. He had two games with two receiving touchdowns and one game going over 100 yards.[33]

2023 season

On April 28, 2023, the 49ers picked up the fifth-year option of Aiyuk's rookie contract.[34] In Week 1 of the 2023 season, Aiyuk had eight catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns in a 30–7 win over the Steelers, earning NFC Offensive Player of the Week.[35] On Week 2, against the Los Angeles Rams, Brandon Aiyuk injured his shoulder on his first catch of the game. Despite continuing play, he was designated as inactive following a short turnaround. He was also made inactive for the Week 3 match against the New York Giants.[36] In a Week 4 victory over the Cardinals, he had six receptions for 148 yards.[37] In a Week 11 victory over the Buccaneers, he had five receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown.[38] Aiyuk started in all 16 games he played in. He had seven total games going over 100 receiving yards. He finished with 75 receptions for 1,342 yards and seven receiving touchdowns.[39]

In the NFC Championship victory over the Lions, Aiyuk had a receiving touchdown.[40] In the third quarter of the game, Aiyuk recorded a 51-yard reception off a pass that was deflected off of Kindle Vildor's helmet that helped get the 49ers into scoring position.[41] In Super Bowl LVIII, Aiyuk had three receptions for 49 yards in the 25–22 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.[42]

NFL career statistics

Legend
Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Y/R Lng TD Att Yds Y/A Lng TD Fum Lost
2020 SF 12 11 60 748 12.2 49 5 6 77 12.8 38T 2 0 0
2021 SF 17 16 56 826 14.8 43 5 5 17 3.4 8 0 2 1
2022 SF 17 17 78 1,015 13.0 54 8 2 23 11.5 16 0 1 1
2023 SF 16 16 75 1,342 17.9 76 7 0 0 0 0 1 1
Career 62 60 269 3,931 14.6 76 25 13 117 9.0 38T 2 4 3

Postseason

Year Team Games Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Y/R Lng TD Fum Lost
2021 SF 3 3 9 135 15.0 37 0 0 0
2022 SF 3 3 6 109 18.2 31 0 0 0
2023 SF 3 3 9 149 16.6 51 1 0 0
Career 9 9 24 393 16.4 51 1 0 0

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