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De'Leon Marquise Eskridge (born December 19, 1989) is a former American football running back. He played college football at Minnesota and San Jose State.
Early life and high school career
Born in Daly City, California, Eskridge graduated from Junipero Serra High School in nearby San Mateo, California in 2008. At Serra, Eskridge lettered in football and track. As a running back, Eskridge tied Lynn Swann's school record of touchdowns scored with 38 and he trucked Chuck. Eskridge was the West Catholic Athletic League Back of the Year as a junior in 2006 and was twice an All-Metro selection by the San Francisco Chronicle.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|San Francisco, CA||Serra HS||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||180 lb (82 kg)||4.5||Jan 22, 2008|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN grade: 77|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 149 (RB), 27 (school) Rivals: 34 (RB), 96 (CA), 17 (school) 247Sports: 21 (APB), 108 (CA), 33 (school)|
Eskridge played three seasons of college football at the University of Minnesota from 2008 to 2010 for the Golden Gophers. At Minnesota, Eskridge rushed for 1,670 yards and 17 touchdowns on 451 carries. He also made 36 receptions for 236 yards and made 2 kickoff returns for 36 yards.
As a freshman in 2008, Eskridge entered the running back rotation early in the season after a season-ending injury to Duane Bennett. Starting for the first time with Minnesota, Eskridge had 24 carries for 114 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-23 win over Montana State on September 13. Eskrdige ended the 2008 season as the team's leading rusher with 678 yards and seven touchdowns in nine starts. In 2009, his sophomore season, Eskridge started two games and was the third-leading rusher with 294 yards.
By spring practice in 2010, Eskridge was competing with Bennett for the number-one running back spot. Eskridge again was Minnesota's leading rusher in 2010, with 698 yards on 193 carries and seven touchdowns in 12 games. In the November 13 win over Illinois, Eskridge matched his personal single-game high of three touchdowns. In Minnesota's comeback 27-24 victory against Iowa in a rivalry game on November 27, Eskridge added 96 yards on 21 carries with a touchdown in a 216-yard rushing attack, the highest number of rushing yards given up that season by Iowa.
In June 2011, Minnesota granted Eskridge a release from his scholarship, after Eskridge sought to transfer to a school closer to San Francisco for personal reasons. Eskridge transferred to San Jose State University the following month. Sitting out the 2011 season per NCAA transfer rules, Eskridge played in 2012 as a senior for the Spartans, running for 1,025 yards and 11 touchdowns on 207 carries and making 11 receptions for 28 yards. Eskridge was a second-team All-WAC selection in the WAC's final season as a football-hosting conference. At the 2012 Military Bowl, where San Jose State won 29-20 over Bowling Green, Eskridge ran 33 yards on 13 carries. With the Spartans leading 22-20, Eskridge made a 1-yard touchdown run with 2:34 left in the game, and the Spartans led 29-20 after the extra point. Eskridge graduated from San Jose State in 2013 with a B.A. in communication studies.
|Ht||Wt||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 11 in
|4.66 s||1.59 s||2.69 s||4.30 s||7.05 s||30 1⁄2 in
|8 ft 11 in
|Measurements were taken at San Jose State's Pro Day.|
On May 6, 2013, Eskridge signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent.
He was released by the team on August 27, 2013.
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- "Former Serra star Eskridge to play for San Jose State". San Jose Mercury News. July 25, 2011. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
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- Durkin, Jimmy (December 28, 2012). "San Jose State Spartans win Military Bowl 29-20". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved December 28, 2012.
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- "Jaguars sign RB De'Leon Eskridge and DE J.D. Griggs". jaguars.com. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
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