Maurice Stovall

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Maurice Stovall
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Stovall in the 2011 NFL season.
No. --     Free agent
Wide receiver / Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-02-21) February 21, 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Radnor (PA) Carroll
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 2006 / Round: 3 / Pick: 90
Debuted in 2006 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions 52
Receiving Yards 668
Touchdowns 3
Tackles 39
Stats at NFL.com

Maurice Aurilius Stovall (born February 21, 1985) is an American football wide receiver and tight end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Notre Dame.

He has also been a member of the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars.

Early years[edit]

Stovall grew up in Philadelphia and went to Archbishop John Carroll High School. Following his high school career, he played in the 2002 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College career[edit]

After being chosen to USA Today's first team high school All-American list,[1] Stovall chose to attend the University of Notre Dame. He did not start as a freshman, but played in all 13 games that season, finishing the year with 18 catches including three touchdown receptions. He was also featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated early that year.[2] He played in every game in 2003 as well, with slightly improved statistics. However, during that year as well as 2004, Stovall was remembered more for frequently dropping potential catches rather than the plays he made. This was noted not just by fans, but also by head coach Tyrone Willingham, who benched him for three games mid-season in 2004. That year, Stovall only had one touchdown catch, and many wondered if his career would be finished after his senior season.

When Charlie Weis became Notre Dame's coach prior to the 2005 season, he sought to get Stovall back to his freshman year form. This included asking the receiver to shed about 15 pounds in the offseason. After cutting his weight to about 220, Stovall became a major player in Weis' pro-style offense. Starting every game, Stovall caught 11 touchdowns, some of them requiring acrobatics, and nearly broke Tom Gatewood's school record for single-season receiving yards. He did set new records that season for single-game receptions (14) and touchdowns (4) against BYU.[3] After this breakout senior season, Stovall was predicted to be drafted somewhere in the 2nd to 4th rounds.

Professional career[edit]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Stovall was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. A deeply religious man, he made the sign of the cross as he hauled in his first career touchdown pass against the Detroit Lions in week 7 of the 2007 NFL season. He is a competent and accomplished gunner on special teams. His former head coach Jon Gruden gave him the nickname "Gunner Stovall". In 2009, he had a career year, catching 24 passes for 366 yards in seven starts. He scored a 38-yard touchdown against the Dolphins.

Detroit Lions[edit]

On August 1, 2011, Stovall signed with the Detroit Lions.

On June 5, 2012 Stovall returned to the Lions signing a one-year deal. On August 31, 2012, Stovall was officially cut by the Lions organization.

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

Stovall was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 19, 2012. He was waived on December 4, 2012.

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