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Jarett Dillard
No. 87     Jacksonville Jaguars
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: December 21, 1985 (1985-12-21) (age 24)
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
College: Rice
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 5 / Pick: 144
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Injured Reserve
Career highlights and awards
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Jarett Juma Porter Dillard is an American football wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played college football for Rice. He is also the cousin of Rutherford's LeRon Dillard.


College career

As a redshirt sophomore in 2006, he helped lead Rice to their first bowl game in 45 years (1961 Bluebonnet Bowl). Rice closed the season on a 7-1 run, capped by a come-from-behind victory over SMU to clinch a bowl game. During those 8 games, Dillard caught 55 passes for 826 yards and 16 touchdowns. In 2006 Dillard was named a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, a first team All-American by ESPN, a second team All-American by Sports Illustrated, a second team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation, a second team All-American by Sporting News, and a second team All-American by the Associated Press.

At one point Dillard had a streak of 15 straight games in which he had caught a touchdown pass, leaving only Larry Fitzgerald, who had 18 in a row, in front of him. In the New Orleans Bowl, Dillard caught a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to set a new record for games with a touchdown in a single season (13), besting the mark he shared with Fitzgerald and Randy Moss of 12 games in a season. In 2006 he caught a total of 21 touchdown passes, which set both Rice and C-USA records. On four separate occasions (Army, UAB, Tulsa, and SMU) he caught three touchdown passes in the same game. He also accumulated 91 catches for 1,247 yards, including 7 games with at least 90 yards: UCLA (102), Texas (91), Florida St. (113), Army (171), UAB (111), Tulsa (137), and SMU (145).

In 2007, Dillard caught another 14 TD passes, earning 1st team C-USA honors and being mentioned by several publications as all-American honorable mention (including 4th team selection by Sports Illustrated). Dillard is one of only 8 players to catch 40 TD passes in a career, a feat he accomplished when he was only a junior.

Dillard holds the NCAA record for career touchdown receptions with 60, eclipsing the prior mark of 50 set by Troy Edwards.[1]

Dillard and Rice quarterback Chase Clement hold the NCAA Division I-A record for career touchdowns between a quarterback-receiver tandem with 50.[1] This total does not include the touchdown pass thrown by Dillard to Clement during the final game for both Rice Seniors in the 2008 Texas Bowl.


Awards and honors

Professional career

Dillard was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 5th round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He is the second Rice player to be taken by Jacksonville after Brandon Green in 2003. On July 17 he was signed to a contract. Length and terms of the contract are undisclosed[2]


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