Khalil Herbert

American football player (born 1998)
American football player
NFL draft:2021 / Round: 6 / Pick: 217Career history
  • Chicago Bears (2021–present)
Roster status:ActiveCareer highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-ACC (2020)
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Rushing yards:1,775
Rushing average:4.9
Rushing touchdowns:8
Receptions:43
Receiving yards:287
Receiving touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Khalil Herbert (born April 21, 1998) is an American football running back for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Kansas before transferring to Virginia Tech in 2020. Herbert was drafted by the Bears in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Early years

Herbert attended American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida.[1] He committed to the University of Kansas to play college football.[2] He has roots in Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands.[3][4]

College career

Kansas

As a true freshman at Kansas in 2016, Herbert played in eight games with three starts and rushed for 189 yards on 44 carries with three touchdowns.[5] As a sophomore he started six of 11 games, rushing for 663 yards on 120 carries and four touchdowns in the 2017 season. In the 2017 season, he ran for 291 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries against West Virginia.[6][7] He played in 12 games his junior year in 2018 and rushed 113 times for 499 yards and five touchdowns.[8] Herbert played in four games in 2019 before leaving the team.[9] He finished the year with 384 yards on 43 carries with two touchdowns.[10]

Virginia Tech

Herbert joined Virginia Tech as a graduate transfer in 2020.[11] He took over as the teams starting running back.[12][13][14] In the Hokies' season opener against North Carolina State, he had 150 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown in the victory.[15] Against Duke, he set the school record for all-purpose yards in a game with 358 (208 rushing and 150 kick returning) in the victory.[16] In the following game against North Carolina, he had 18 carries for 138 yards and two touchdowns.[17] In the following game against Boston College, he had 18 carries for 143 rushing yards and a 29-yard receiving touchdown in the victory.[18] On October 31, in a road victory over Louisville, he had 21 carries for 147 yards and one touchdown.[19] On December 12, against rival Virginia, he had 20 carries for 162 yards and a touchdown in the victory.[20]

Herbert finished his one season with Virginia Tech with 155 carries for 1,183 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns to go along with ten receptions for 179 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown in 11 games.[21] He averaged 26.9 yards per kickoff return to lead the ACC.[22]

Collegiate statistics

Year School G Rushing Receiving
Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
2016 Kansas 8 44 189 4.3 3 6 42 7.0 0
2017 Kansas 11 120 663 5.5 4 8 38 4.8 0
2018 Kansas 12 113 499 4.4 5 9 39 4.3 0
2019 Kansas 4 43 384 8.9 2 1 -1 -1.0 0
2020 Virginia Tech 11 154 1,182 7.7 8 10 179 17.9 1
Career Overall 46 474 2,917 6.2 22 34 297 8.7 1

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 Bench press
5 ft 8+78 in
(1.75 m)
210 lb
(95 kg)
31+14 in
(0.79 m)
8+12 in
(0.22 m)
4.49 s 1.62 s 2.64 s 4.34 s 6.90 s 33.0 in
(0.84 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
22 reps
All values from Pro Day[23][24][25]

Herbert was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round, 217th overall, of the 2021 NFL Draft.[26] He signed his four-year rookie contract with Chicago on June 2, 2021.[27] Herbert started the season as the Bears kick returner and third-string running back.[28] He earned more playtime after an injury to starting running back David Montgomery.[29] Herbert capitalized on the opportunity by earning 75 yards on 18 carries in a Week 5 win over the Las Vegas Raiders.[29] He was named the team's starting running back after Damien Williams was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list just days before the Bears Week 6 contest against the Green Bay Packers.[29] Herbert rushed for 97 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries in a 24–14 loss to the Packers.[29] Herbert finished his first season with 433 rushing yards on 103 carries and two touchdowns.[30]

Herbert entered the 2022 season as the Bears' second-string running back behind Montgomery. In a Week 3 game against the Houston Texans on September 25, 2022, Herbert rushed for 157 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns after Bears starting running back Montgomery went down with an injury in the Bears 23–20 win.[31] Herbert was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Week for his efforts against the Texans.[32] He suffered a hip injury in Week 10 and was placed on injured reserve on November 15, 2022.[33] He was activated on December 23.[34] In the 2022 season, he appeared in 13 games and started one. He finished with 129 carries for 731 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns to go along with nine receptions for 57 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown.[35]

Herbert entered the 2023 season as the Bears starting running back after David Montgomery signed with the Detroit Lions. In Week 4, he ran for 103 yards and had four catches for 19 yards and one touchdown. He suffered an ankle injury in Week 5 and was placed on injured reserve on October 13, 2023.[36] He was activated on November 18.

NFL career statistics

Year Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2021 CHI 17 2 103 433 4.2 29 2 14 96 6.9 20 0 1 0
2022 CHI 13 1 129 731 5.7 63 4 9 57 6.3 25 1 0 0
2023 CHI 12 9 132 611 4.6 38 2 20 134 6.7 23 1 1 1
Career 42 12 364 1,775 4.9 63 8 43 287 6.7 25 2 2 1

References

  1. ^ Rothman, Matt (October 17, 2021). "Khalil Herbert Records 1st Career NFL Touchdown for Chicago Bears • Coral Springs Talk". Coral Springs Talk. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  2. ^ Kirby, Jon (January 23, 2016). "Breaking: Khalil Herbert picks Kansas". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  3. ^ "Why NFL players are wearing flags on their helmets to promote 'International Diversity' during Week 7-8 games | Sporting News Canada". www.sportingnews.com. October 22, 2023.
  4. ^ "Khalil N. Herbert of VI parentage drafted to Chicago Bears in 2021 NFL pick | Virgin Islands News Online". www.virginislandsnewsonline.com.
  5. ^ "Khalil Herbert 2016 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  6. ^ "West Virginia at Kansas Box Score, September 23, 2017". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  7. ^ "Khalil Herbert 2017 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  8. ^ "Khalil Herbert 2018 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  9. ^ "RB Herbert no longer a member of Jayhawks". ESPN.com. October 4, 2019. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  10. ^ "Khalil Herbert 2019 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  11. ^ Niziolek, Mike (December 9, 2019). "Virginia Tech lands verbal commit from Kansas transfer running back Khalil Herbert". Roanoke Times. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  12. ^ Wood, Norm (October 14, 2020). "Virginia Tech's Khalil Herbert wanted a chance to showcase his talent. Now he's leading the country in rushing". Daily Press. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  13. ^ Bitter, Andy (October 15, 2020). "Khalil Herbert and Virginia Tech found what they were looking for in each other". The Athletic. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  14. ^ Wang, Gene (October 7, 2020). "Khalil Herbert stays humble while Virginia Tech teammates launch his Heisman campaign". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on February 2, 2021. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  15. ^ "North Carolina State at Virginia Tech Box Score, September 26, 2020". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  16. ^ Frankenberry, Jami (October 3, 2020). "Khalil Herbert sets Virginia Tech record with 358 all-purpose yards as Hokies overcome absence of 21 players against Duke". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  17. ^ "Virginia Tech at North Carolina Box Score, October 10, 2020". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  18. ^ "Boston College at Virginia Tech Box Score, October 17, 2020". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  19. ^ "Virginia Tech at Louisville Box Score, October 31, 2020". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  20. ^ "Virginia at Virginia Tech Box Score, December 12, 2020". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  21. ^ "Khalil Herbert 2020 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  22. ^ "2020 Atlantic Coast Conference Leaders". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  23. ^ "Khalil Herbert Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved June 17, 2022.
  24. ^ "2021 Draft Scout Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". draftscout.com. Retrieved June 17, 2022.
  25. ^ "Khalil Herbert 2021 NFL Draft Profile". insider.espn.com. Retrieved June 17, 2022.
  26. ^ Mayer, Larry (May 1, 2021). "Bears draft RB Herbert in sixth round". ChicagoBears.com.
  27. ^ "Bears Sign Four More Draft Picks". Pro Football Rumors. June 2, 2021.
  28. ^ Chamberlain, Gene (May 21, 2021). "First-Class Opportunity for Khalil Herbert". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  29. ^ a b c d Mayer, Larry (October 17, 2021). "Quick Hits: Rookie Herbert shines in loss to Packers". ChicagoBears.com. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  30. ^ "Khalil Herbert 2021 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  31. ^ Mayer, Larry (September 26, 2022). "Super sub Khalil Herbert provides huge boost". ChicagoBears.com. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  32. ^ @ChicagoBears (September 28, 2022). "Earned it 👏 @JuiceHerbert is your @FedEx Ground Player of the Week!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  33. ^ Mayer, Larry (November 15, 2022). "Roster Moves: Bears put Herbert on IR, waive Jonathan". ChicagoBears.com. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  34. ^ Mayer, Larry (December 23, 2022). "Bears put Johnson, Vildor on IR; activate Herbert". ChicagoBears.com. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  35. ^ "Khalil Herbert 2022 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved September 2, 2023.
  36. ^ "Bears place Khalil Herbert, Equanimeous St. Brown on injured reserve". NBC Sports Chicago. October 13, 2023.

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