Jalen Saunders

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Jalen Saunders
No. 16     New York Jets
Wide Receiver / Punt returner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-09-30) September 30, 1992 (age 21)
Place of birth: Elk Grove, California
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 165 lb (75 kg)
Career information
High school: Pleasant Grove (CA) Elk Grove
College: Oklahoma
NFL Draft: 2014 / Round: 4 / Pick: 104
Debuted in 2014 for the New York Jets
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • Second team All-Big 12 (2013)
  • First team All-WAC (2011)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2014
Receptions 0
Receiving Yards 0
Receiving TDs 0
Punt Return Yards 15
Stats at NFL.com

Jalen Saunders (born September 30, 1992) is an American football wide receiver and punt returner for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Jets in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma.

High School[edit]

Saunders attended Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, California. He averaged nearly 19 yards per catch and scored 11 receiving touchdowns on 46 receptions as a senior with 871 yards receiving in 10 games. He also rushed for 410 yards and averaged eight yards per carry and scored six touchdowns.

He was also an outstanding sprinter, who clocked a 10.54 time in the 100 meters and a 21.41 in the 200 meters as a junior.[1]

He was considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.[2]

College career[edit]

Saunders accepted a scholarship from Fresno State. As a freshman, he was third in the team in receptions with 27 for 441 yards and three touchdowns, and also had 14 carries for 109 yards on sweeps and reverses. In 2011, he was named first team All-WAC after he had 1,065 yards on the year on 50 receptions, the ninth 1,000-yard receiving season in Fresno State history. He led the WAC with 12 touchdown catches, which tied for the third-most in program history.

On May 8, 2012, he announced he was transferring to the University of Oklahoma, citing a change in offensive philosophy at Fresno State as the reason for his transfer.[3] After originally being told he'd have to sit one year, he was cleared by the NCAA to play in 2012.[4]

In his premier season with Sooners, Saunders played in nine games with eight starts. Despite sitting out the first four games due to transferring, he totaled 62 receptions for 829 yards and three touchdowns. He tied a school record with 15 catches for 181 yards and set a school record with eight catches in the first quarter vs. Notre Dame (10/27). In 2013, he started all 13 games and was named second-team All-Big 12. He recorded 61 receptions for 729 yards and eight touchdowns, highlighted by a winning performance against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, in which he recorded 5 receptions for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

Professional career[edit]

2014 NFL Draft[edit]

He was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[5]

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