Jerrion Ealy: 3 things to know about the Ole Miss football running back, baseball player

Erik Hall
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

When Jerrion Ealy signed with Ole Miss in February 2019, it was for both football and baseball. 

Ealy contributed immediately to the Ole Miss football and baseball teams.

His freshman season, Ealy earned 2019 All-SEC second-team honors as a return specialist. He played in all 12 games, rushing for 722 yards and six touchdowns on 104 carries with 20 receptions for 172 yards and one touchdown. 

Before the 2020 Ole Miss baseball season got cut short by COVID-19, Ealy played in 13 games and started six times as a freshman. In 22 at-bats, he had a .321 on-base percentage to go with his .923 fielding percentage. 

Here is some basic information about Jerrion Ealy

  • Full name: Jerrion Zawasky Ealy
  • Height: 5 feet, 9 inches
  • Weight: 185 pounds
  • Age: 21 years old
  • Birthday: Aug. 19, 2000
  • Hometown: Walnut Grove, Mississippi
  • High School: Jackson (Mississippi) Preparatory School 
  • Parents: Howard Ealy and Vanessa Simmons

Find out three more things to know about Ole Miss football running back and baseball outfielder Jerrion Ealy. 

Jerrion Ealy shoulder injury led to missing 2021 Ole Miss baseball season

Mississippi running back Jerrion Ealy (9) is tackled by South Carolina defensive lineman Kingsley Enagbare (52) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Bruce Newman)

Jerrion Ealy underwent right shoulder surgery after the 2020 Ole Miss football season that caused him to miss the entire 2021 Ole Miss baseball season. 

The right shoulder injury occurred during the Egg Bowl against Mississippi State on Nov. 28, according to 247Sports. The injury caused him to miss the Outback Bowl against Indiana on Jan. 2, 2021. 

Ealy's shoulder surgery occurred Jan. 7, 2021. Later that morning, he tweeted, "Surgery went well this morning. Thank you for all the prayers!! God bless!!" 

On July 24, 2021, Ealy said about his shoulder to 247Sports "It's a hundred percent now. I've been cleared by the team doctor, and I'm ready to return back to action."

Jerrion Ealy set an Ole Miss freshman record for all-purpose yards

Jerrion Ealy set the Ole Miss freshman record for all-purpose yards in a 40-29 win against Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 14, 2019. 

Ealy recorded 273 all-purpose yards with 6 receiving yards, 95 rushing yards and 172 kickoff return yards. He scored two touchdowns in the contest — via a 94-yard kickoff return and a 30-yard rush. 

He was the first Ole Miss player with a kickoff return and rushing touchdown in a game since 1999. 

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Jerrion Ealy was selected in 2019 MLB Draft

Jackson Prep's Jerrion Ealy scores a run against Jackson Academy during the Patriots' 15-3 win in the MAIS AAAA Division 1 Baseball Championships held at Raider Park Park on Wednesday, May 15, 2018.

The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Jerrion Ealy in the 31st round of the 2019 MLB Draft. Ealy was pick No. 932 overall. He chose not to sign with the Diamondbacks. 

The No. 1 pick in the 2019 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles was Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman.

Grae Kessinger was the highest Ole Miss player taken in the 2019 MLB Draft. Kessinger, a shortstop, went No. 68 overall to the Houston Astros. 

Here's more Jerrion Ealy news: 

Mississippi running back Jerrion Ealy (9) runs for short yardage as a Tulane player tackles him during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Check out the Jerrion Ealy bio on the Ole Miss football website. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik