River Cracraft - Washington State
River Cracraft was a four year letterwinner for coach Harry Welch. As a Sophomore he earned All-State and All-Trinity League honors after making 35 receptions for 469 yards and 41 tackles and three interceptions. As a Junior he earned All-CIF honors after catching 43 passes for 639 yards and five touchdowns while only playing in eight games. He helped SMCHS to a CIF State D1 title and a 13-2 record. As a Senior he was named All-County by the Orange County Register, All-Trinity League and Trinity League Offensive Player of the Year after recording 56 receptions for 935 yards and nine touchdowns. He also intercepted one pass and recorded five pass breakups. He finished his career with 134 career receptions second to former NFL wideout Brian Finneran. Finished his career with 2,043 career receiving yards, third-most in SMHS history. He was selected to play in South Bay BMW West Coast Bowl, caught two passes for 32 yards including a 17-yard touchdown. Rated three stars by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com. Ranked the No. 91 overall prospect out of California by ESPN.com. He also played baseball and ran track.
Cracraft played four seasons for Washington State. Appeared in all 13 of the Cougars games as a true freshman, starting ten and recording 46 receptions for 614 yards and three touchdowns and was named Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 Conference and Honorable Mention All-Freshman Team by College Football News. The next year, Cracraft caught 66 passes for 771 yards and eight touchdowns despite missing three games to a stress fracture in his foot. This included a career-high 172 yards and three touchdowns on 11 receptions in a 60-59 loss to California in which Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday passed for an NCAA record 734 yards. The following game, Cracraft set a school record with 14 receptions in a game, along with 100 yards and a touchdown, in a 34-17 loss to Stanford, which was both tied and then broken later in the season by teammate Vince Mayle.
Cracraft entered his junior season on the 2015 Fred Biletnikoff Award watch list, but missed three games due to a stress fracture in his opposite foot and finished the year with 53 receptions for 615 yards and four touchdowns. He returned from his injury to play in the 2015 Sun Bowl and caught five passes for 63 yards in the Cougars' 20-14 win over the Miami Hurricanes. Cracraft had 53 receptions, 701 receiving yards and five touchdowns in his senior season and was again named honorable mention All-Pac 12 before tearing his ACL in the tenth game of the season. He recorded 218 receptions (No. 2 in school history behind teammate Gabe Marks), 2,701 receiving yards (6th) and 20 touchdowns (6th) in 42 games played while at Washington State.
Cracraft (6-0, 198) originally entered the NFL after signing to the Denver Broncos practice squad as an undrafted free agent on October 18, 2017 where he spent the majority of his rookie season. In three years with the Broncos (2017-19), he appeared in nine games and registered one reception for 44 yards. In 2019, he saw action in one game with Denver prior to being waived by the team on September 24. He was later signed to the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad on December 24, 2019 where he spent the remainder of the season. After signing a Reserve/Future contract with the Eagles on January 6, 2020, he was waived on May 1.
Cracraft was signed by the San Francisco 49ers on August 27, 2020. He was waived on September 5, 2020, and signed to the practice squad the next day. He was elevated to the active roster on October 31 and November 5 for the team’s weeks 8 and 9 games against the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers, and reverted to the practice squad after each game. He was then promoted to the active roster on November 9. On February 22, 2021, Cracraft signed a one-year contract extension with the 49ers. In his NFL career, thus far, Cracraft has seven receptions for 85 yards.
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