Patrick Laird
Personal information
Born: (1995-08-17) August 17, 1995 (age 26)
San Luis Obispo, California
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:197 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:Mission Prep
San Luis Obispo (CA)
College:California (2014–2018)
Position:Running back
Undrafted:2019
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2021
Rushing yards:244
Rushing average:3.2
Rushing touchdowns:1
Receptions:36
Receiving yards:289
Player stats at NFL.com

Patrick Michael Laird (born August 17, 1995) is an American football running back who is a free agent. He played college football at the University of California, Berkeley.

Early years

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

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

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

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

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

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
5 ft 11+12 in
(1.82 m)
205 lb
(93 kg)
30 in
(0.76 m)
9+38 in
(0.24 m)
4.56 s 1.55 s 2.64 s 4.14 s 6.90 s 34.0 in
(0.86 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
All values from Pro Day[13]

Laird went undrafted in the 2019 NFL Draft, and signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent.[14][15]

Laird gained the nickname "The Intern" after he was mistaken for being an intern during training camp.[16]

Laird scored his first career touchdown in a 37–31 upset over the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13.[17] Overall, Laird finished the 2019 season with 62 carries for 168 yards and one touchdown to go along with 23 receptions for 204 yards.[18]

On August 31, 2021, Laird was waived by the Dolphins and re-signed to the practice squad the next day.[19] He was promoted to the active roster on October 30, 2021.[20] He was placed on injured reserve on December 8, 2021.[21]

References

  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. ^ "Patrick Laird, California, RB, 2019 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved November 28, 2021.
  14. ^ Dickman, Chance (April 27, 2019). "Cal RB Patrick Laird signs undrafted free agent deal with Dolphins". KSBY. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  15. ^ "Dolphins Sign 18 Undrafted College Free Agents". MiamiDolphins.com. May 9, 2019.
  16. ^ "The Intern: Rookie RB Patrick Laird Introduces Himself With Clutch Touchdown". www.miamidolphins.com. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  17. ^ Schad, Joe. ""The Intern" Patrick Laird scores Miami Dolphins' game-winning touchdown". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  18. ^ "Patrick Laird 2019 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  19. ^ "Roster Moves: Dolphins Announce Roster Moves - August 31". MiamiDolphins.com. August 31, 2021.
  20. ^ "Roster Moves: Miami Dolphins Make Roster Moves - Week 8". MiamiDolphins.com. October 30, 2021.
  21. ^ "Roster Moves: Dolphins Place RB Laird on Injured Reserve". MiamiDolphins.com. December 8, 2021.