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Name: *Kenneth Gainwell 
College: Memphis     Number: 19
Height: 5-11   Weight: 195
Position: RB  Pos2: WR/KR
Class/Draft Year: rSo/2021

40 Low: 4.45
   40 Time: 4.55
  40 High: 4.65
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 Data Scout Notes: 2020: PMaxwell/PDoak...2019: ROYC/1stC...AFCA 2nd team All-American All-Purpose, FWAA Freshman All-American All-Purpose, Sporting News 2nd team All-American All-Purpose, USA Today Freshman All-American, AAC ROY, 1st team All-AAC w/231-1459-6.3-13 rush, 51-610-12.0-3 rec in 14 gms in '19. Redshirted w/4-91-22.8-1 rush, 6-52-8.7-0 rec in 4 gms in '18.

 *Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis, Player News

  09/02/20 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  Ryan Silverfield's first home game as Memphis head coach will be a challenge against an Arkansas State team on Saturday whose offense is just as potent as the Tigers. However, the Tigers now have to prepare without their most dynamic playmaker as All-American running back Kenneth Gainwell decided Sunday to opt out of the season. Silverfield did not address Gainwell specifically Monday and added that he'd only discuss players who opted out once their paperwork was signed or if they made the decision public.. He also said he stands behind any player who decided not to play this season.

"I always talk to them about the different situations but for health and safety reasons, or whatever they may choose to be opting out. I will support them and I think that's the right thing to do," Silverfield said. Gainwell's father, Curtis Sr., told The Commercial Appeal Sunday that his son decided to opt out following the death of an uncle due to COVID-19. Gainwell Sr. added the family has lost four relatives to the virus. "He decided that he didn't want take any chances with the coronavirus going on. You don't want to to get out there and get sick and bring it to us, his brother or his teammates," Gainwell Sr. said. - Memphis Commercial Appeal


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  08/30/20 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  The Memphis Tigers will be without one of the best running backs in the country for the 2020 season. Redshirt sophomore Kenneth Gainwell opted out of the season on Sunday. 247Sports initially broke the report which was later confirmed with a source in the program. Gainwell rushed for 1,459 yards and 13 touchdowns while leading the Tigers to an AAC championship and the Cotton Bowl. - The Daily Memphian

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  07/27/20 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: RB Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis,...With 610 yards receiving, Gainwell led the country in all-purpose yards by a freshman, finishing the season ninth with 2,069 yards (147.79 ypg). He became just the third player in program history to record over 2,000 all-purpose yards in a single season. DeAngelo Williams accomplished that mark three times (2003, 2004 and 2005) while Darrell Henderson set the school record with 2,328 all-purpose yards in 2018, Gainwell's redshirt season at Memphis. - Memphis Football

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  07/23/20 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Kenneth Gainwell (So.), Memphis,...On his way to numerous awards, including FWAA Freshman of the Year, Sporting News All-American, American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year and unanimous all-conference honors in 2019, Gainwell finished with 1,459 rushing yards on 231 carries. That ranked first nationally among freshmen and 12th in the FBS. His 6.32 yards per carry ranked 12th nationally. - Memphis Football

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  06/30/20 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  Memphis football coach Ryan Silverfield sent out a tweet earlier in June that appeared to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Now he's taking it a step further. Silverfield announced Tuesday on Twitter that every Memphis helmet will have a "BLM", short for Black Lives Matter, sticker for every game. The circle will be gray with BLM in blue lettering, with the M being the Tigers logo. It's the same logo Silverfield tweeted out two weeks ago. Silverfield added a hashtag of #ALLINagainstRACIALINJUSTICE in Tuesday's tweet. The news was retweeted by several players, including senior defensive back TJ Carter, defensive tackle O'Bryan Goodson and wide receiver Calvin Austin III.

The Tigers football team, currently in the middle of voluntary workouts, helped lead a Unity Walk earlier this month from their practice field at University of Memphis' south campus to main campus to protest against racial injustice. At one point, Silverfield chanted "Black Lives Matter" along with his players. The announcement is the latest sign of the football team sending messages against injustice. It also shared a video on the football team account earlier this year where Silverfield, running backs coach Anthony Jones Jr. and players vowed to take a stand together against systemic racism. - Memphis Commercial Appeal


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  05/27/20 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  Memphis athletic director Laird Veatch announced Wednesday that football players can return to campus June 6 as part of the first phase of all athletes, coaches and staff eventually coming back. The first phase - which Veatch called Phase Zero - involves football players, staff and limited athletic department staff. The phased approach is to "permit adoption of best practices and keep the safety of the student-athletes at the forefront." It includes "strict protocols for a limited number of staff and student-athletes, while each subsequent stage will only be enacted upon the success of the previous stage."

Football players will be the first students allowed on Memphis' campus since the university announced on March 12 that it switched to remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. U of M president David Rudd said earlier this month that plans are under way for all students to return to campus this fall. Summer classes will be held online. Veatch added that the first phase will consist of no workouts but a screening process that involves testing, physicals and questionnaires. - Memphis Commercial Appeal


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  05/12/20 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  If it was up to Memphis football coach Ryan Silverfield, he'd prefer not to play games this season at an empty Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. "Would I be in favor it? No way," Silverfield said during a virtual meeting with the Rotary Club of Memphis. "It's the fans that make the game. We're so lucky we have such an amazing fanbase here and many of you attend our games at the Liberty Bowl. I want that Liberty Bowl packed, let's fill it with 60,000 every game." However, he acknowledged that it's also out of his control. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the NCAA and government officials are weighing all possible options to determine what's safe for all parties.

Silverfield said that as he meets often with athletic director Laird Veatch and university president M. David Rudd, they too are considering the scenarios not just for their football team but what's best to keep fans safe. "Whether it's limited seating, social distancing or no fans at all, the safety of you guys is obviously a major factor as well," Silverfield said. "So whatever they decide to be, so be it. I just know that regardless we got Tiger fans all over the country, especially here in the city of Memphis, that are anxious to watch us get back to work." - Memphis Commercial Appeal


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  12/09/19 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  2019 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis, RFr.,...Redshirt freshman running back Kenneth Gainwell has had a breakout season for the Tigers. Gainwell ranks first among the nation's freshmen with 1,381 rushing yards and 1,873 all-purpose yards. His rushing yards and all-purpose yards this season are both the fifth-most in a single season at Memphis.

Gainwell has also recorded a team-high 15 touchdowns, 12 rushing and three receiving. Earlier this season against Tulane, Gainwell became the first FBS player in over 20 seasons to record over 200 yards receiving and 100 yards rushing in the same game. He also set the Memphis freshman record of seven 100-yard rushing games this season (previous record was four set by DeAngelo Williams). He was the league's Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 21 and three times was named to the AAC Weekly Honor Roll this season. - Memphis Football


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  12/04/19 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  2019 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis,...Gainwell is the second Memphis player in three seasons to be named as The American's Rookie of the Year, joining 2017 winner T.J. Carter. Gainwell ranks fifth nationally in all-purpose yards (1,873) and is 11th nationally in rushing yards (1,381), leading all freshmen in both categories. His rushing average of 115.1 yards per game trails only Perry among American Athletic Conference players, while he finished the regular season as the league leader in all-purpose yards (156.1 ypg). - American Athletic Conference Football

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  10/28/19 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  OCT 28 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis, Fr., RB,...Rushed for 149 yards and three touchdowns (20, 62, 1) in a 42-41 win at Tulsa. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  10/27/19 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  Brady White threw for two touchdowns and Memphis held on late to edge Tulsa 42-41 on Saturday night. White had 277 yards passing for the Tigers (7-1, 3-1 American Athletic Conference). Kenneth Gainwell ran for 149 yards and three touchdowns including a 62-yard score late in the third quarter. Memphis led 28-17 at halftime but Tulsa rallied in the second half, scoring three touchdowns and a field goal to take a 41-35 lead late in the fourth quarter. Gainwell's third touchdown run put the Tigers back on top, 42-41, with 4:26 left. Tulsa used that time to drive 63 yards to the Memphis 12, but Jacob Rainey missed a 29-yard field goal attempt as time expired. Rainey had previously made good on field goals from 32 and 26 yards and missed from 40 yards. Zach Smith threw for 309 yards and a score for the Golden Hurricane (2-6, 0-4), who have lost four straight. Cory Taylor II ran for three touchdowns. - Memphis/AP College Football

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  10/22/19 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  Memphis' Kenny Gainwell had 203 receiving yards and 104 rushing yards against Tulane, making him the first FBS player since 1997 to have a 200/100 receiving-rushing game. He also became the first Memphis player to go 100/100. - AP College Football

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  10/21/19 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  OCT 21/WEEK 8 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis, Fr., RB, Yazoo City, Miss.,...Gainwell rushed for a game-high 104 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and had game highs of nine receptions, 203 receiving yards and two TDs in Memphis' 47-17 win against Tulane. Gainwell, who finished with 307 all-purpose yards, became the first FBS player with 100 rushing yards and 200 receiving yards in a game since Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech in the 1997 season. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  10/19/19 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  Brady White threw five touchdown passes, Kenneth Gainwell scored three touchdowns and combined for 307 yards of offense and Memphis routed Tulane 47-17 on Saturday night. Gainwell is the first player for Memphis (6-1, 2-1 American Athletic Conference), and the first in the FBS to have 200 yards receiving and 100 yards rushing in a game since Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech in 1997. Gainwell finished with nine receptions for 203 yards and two touchdowns, and carried the ball 18 times for 104 yards and a touchdown. White was 21-of-29 passing for 358 yards. Justin McMillan was 15 of 28 for 187 yards passing with one touchdown pass and three interceptions for Tulane (5-2, 2-1). He added 89 yards on the ground on 15 carries, and also ran for a score. The Tigers led 34-10 at halftime. Riley Patterson's two field goals from 29 and 34 yards stretched the Memphis lead to 40-10 midway through the third quarter. - Memphis/AP College Football

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  10/16/19 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  The team's main running back this season was supposed to be Patrick Taylor Jr., who rushed for 1,122 yards last season. When Taylor hurt his lower leg in the season opener, Gainwell took over and has responded by rushing for 726 yards and seven touchdowns. He ranks fifth among all FBS players in yards rushing per game. - AP College Football

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  10/14/19 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  OCT 14/WEEK 7 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis, Fr., RB,...Rushed for 106 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries and had team highs of eight receptions and 98 receiving yards in a 30-28 loss at Temple. Became the first FBS player this season with 100 rushing yards and 90 receiving yards in the same game. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  10/09/19 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  Memphis has cracked the Top 25 behind the emergence of yet another impressive running back. Kenneth Gainwell has stepped in to more than just fill an unexpected void by becoming the leading rusher in the American Athletic Conference. The No. 23 Tigers lost running backs Darrell Henderson and Tony Pollard to the NFL draft. Patrick Taylor Jr., who rushed for over 1,100 yards last year, was injured in the season opener and hasn't played since. That opened the door for Gainwell to step into the spotlight. "It just made me a better player, made me a better back, really just learning as much as I could from those guys," Gainwell said.

Gainwell has run for 620 yards and has averaged 124 yards rushing per game to rank sixth among all Football Bowl Subdivision players heading into the Tigers' Saturday game at Temple (4-1, 1-0 American). The redshirt freshman is on pace to deliver the fourth 1,000-yard single-season rushing performance in the last three years for Memphis. That comes after Memphis (5-0, 1-0) didn't have a single 1,000-yard rusher from 2010-16. "We say it all the time - it's an offense that's built for playmakers," Memphis coach Mike Norvell said. "We try to go out and identify guys who can come into the system and we can really formulate plans that surround their talents and put them in position to showcase them, whether it's handing the ball to them or throwing the ball to them." - AP College Football


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  10/07/19 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  OCT 7/WEEK 6 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis, Fr., RB,...Rushed for 209 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries, averaging 14.9 yards per attempt, in a 52-33 win at Louisiana-Monroe. - American Athletic Conference Football

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  09/26/19 - RB *Kenneth GainwellrSo/2021, Memphis, 5-11, 195 (DS#3 RB) + More +

  Midway through the second quarter Thursday night, everything was going Navy's way. As usual, the Midshipmen were controlling the ball, their defense was living up to its new reputation as a stingy unit and Memphis was struggling on both sides of the ball with Navy holding a 20-7 lead. "They looked tired on defense," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "We felt like we had them right in our wheelhouse." Things were so bad early in the third quarter, the Memphis fans were booing quarterback Brady White. Then things changed. White led a second-half rally, finishing the game with 196 yards passing and three touchdowns as Memphis used big plays to defeat Navy 35-23. Kenneth Gainwell rushed for 104 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown on the Tigers opening play from scrimmage as Memphis (4-0, 1-0 American Athletic Conference) knocked Navy from the unbeaten ranks. - AP College Football

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