Jason French

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Jason French
Date of birth: (1978-04-07) April 7, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth: Montreal, Quebec
Career information
Status: Retired
CFL status: National
Position(s): WR
Height: 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
College: Murray State Racers
CFL Draft: 2001 / Round: 2 / Pick: 9
Drafted by: Saskatchewan Roughriders
Organizations
As player:
2001–2006
2007–2008
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career stats
Playing stats at CFL.ca

Jason French (born April 7, 1978 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a former professional Canadian football slotback. He was drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the second round of the 2001 CFL Draft. He played college football for the Murray State Racers.

College career[edit]

French attended Murray State University for two years after transferring from Middle Georgia College. French was Murray State's third leading receiver. He had 31 catches for 547 yards and three touchdowns. During his senior season he caught 24 passes for 195 yards with a touchdown, making him the Racers' fourth leading receiver.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

French was drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 2001 CFL Draft. During his rookie season he caught 12 passes for 197 yards.[2] As a second year player, French was one of 13 wide receivers trying to make the Roughriders final roster.[3] He played in 15 games in 2002[1] and recorded 16 receptions for 218 yards.[2] French played in every game for Hamilton in 2003[1] and recorded his first career touchdown. For the season he had 37 catches for 385 yards with two touchdown.[2] In 2004, French made a total of 13 starts with 10 coming at slotback and the other three at wide receiver.[1] In week seven he had a career high with six receptions for 129 yards.[1] Overall, French had 52 catches for 869 yards with four touchdowns.[2] At the end of the season, French was nominated for the CFL's Top Canadian Award.[4] French started 16 games and missed the other two due to injury. Arguably his best game came in week five when he had 11 catches for 118 yards with a touchdown.[1] For the season he had 52 receptions for 601 yards and three touchdowns.[2] In 2006, he started half of the Roughriders games and also played in both playoff games.[1] French's season totals were almost cut in half with 28 catches for 335 yards and a touchdown.[2]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

On June 24, 2007, French along with Thyron Anderson for Tad Kornegay.[5] On August 13, 2007 in a game against the Edmonton Eskimos, fellow Murray State graduate Andrew Nowacki caught his first career touchdown pass.[6] On Hamilton's possession following Nowacki's score, French caught a touchdown. The two touchdown catches for Nowacki and French came one minute apart.[7] For 2007, a season in which French split time between Saskatchewan and Hamilton, he recorded 34 receptions for 417 yards and tied his career high with four touchdowns. In 2008, his final professional season he failed to record an offensive stat.[2]

Personal[edit]

During the offseason, French lived with his wife Amber in Atlanta, Georgia.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "#15 Jason French". Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "#15 Jason French". Canadian Football League. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  3. ^ "Roughriders rest offensive hopes with Greene". CBC Sports. June 21, 2001. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  4. ^ "CFL announces award nominees". The Canadian Press (TSN.ca). October 26, 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  5. ^ "Ticats receive Anderson, French from Riders". CFL.ca. June 24, 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  6. ^ Hall, Vicki (August 13, 2007). "Tiger-Cats laid low by Eskimos' defence". Canwest News Service (The Star Phoenix). Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  7. ^ Vanstone, Rob (August 14, 2007). "Austin in running for coach of the year". The Regina Leader-Post. Retrieved 2009-07-11.