About Patrick Laird
Patrick Laird was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection and a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy awarded annually to the nation’s most outstanding football player who began his career as a walk-on. Having a breakthrough campaign as a 2017 junior, Laird rushed 191 times for 1,127 yards and eight touchdowns. Laird became the 16th 1,000-yard rusher in Cal history and the first since Daniel Lasco in 2014 while recording the 19th 1,000-yard rushing season in school history. Laird averaged 102.5 rushing yards per game to rank sixth in the Pac-12 and 28th nationally at the end of the regular season. Laird had five 100-yard rushing games including four in his last five contests when he rushed for 727 yards and four scores during the stretch, including 545 in his final three games. Laird had at least 200 all-purpose yards in each of his final three contests including a career-high 233 against Oregon State. Laird ended his junior campaign with 45 receptions for 322 yards receiving and one touchdown catch while totaling a career-best and team-high 1449 all-purpose yards. He was four receptions shy of the school record for a running back held by Paul Jones (49, 1979) and had more catches than any Cal running back since 1988. In addition, Laird was a first-team Pac-12 All-Academic selection in 2017 and picked up CoSIDA Academic All-District® recognition as a junior.
Patrick is originally from Arroyo Grande, California. He attended Mission Prep high school in San Luis Obispo where he finished his three varsity campaigns with 4,551 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns on the ground on 547 carries for an average of 8.3 yards per rush, while adding 47 receptions for 734 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns, 483 kick return yards on 16 kick returns, 142 punt return yards on 11 punt returns and 31 interception return yards on five interception returns to total 5,941 career all-purpose yards for a team that reached the finals of the Southern Section Northeast Division playoffs during each of his last two seasons as a 2012 junior and 2013 senior.
Patrick is double-majoring in Business and Political Science at Berkeley.