Donovan Peoples-Jones

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Donovan Peoples-Jones
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No. 11 – Cleveland Browns
Position:Wide receiver
Kick returner
Personal information
Born: (1999-02-19) February 19, 1999 (age 21)
Detroit, Michigan
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Detroit (MI) Cass Tech
College:Michigan
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 6 / Pick: 187
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× All-Big Ten Third-team (2018, 2019)
  • Freshman All-American (2017)
  • Team Rookie of the Year Award (2017)
  • USA Today High School All-American (2016)

Donovan Peoples-Jones (born February 19, 1999), also known as "DPJ",[1][2] is an American football wide receiver and kick returner for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan and was drafted by the Browns in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Early life[edit]

Donovan Peoples-Jones was born in Detroit on February 19, 1999 to Roslyn Peoples and Eddie Jones. He attended Cass Technical High School where he was a five-star recruit and rated as the best wide receiver recruit from the state of Michigan since Charles Rogers in 2000.[3][4] On December 15, 2016, he committed to play for the University of Michigan in a nationally televised press conference on ESPN2.[5]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Donovan Peoples-Jones
WR
Detroit, Michigan Cass Technical High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 193 lb (88 kg) 4.45 Dec 15, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 12  247Sports: 26  ESPN: 22
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Michigan Football Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 23, 2018.


College career[edit]

After committing to Michigan, Peoples-Jones enrolled early in January 2017. After watching Peoples-Jones and fellow freshman Tarik Black in spring practice, offensive lineman Mason Cole predicted the pair were "going to be unbelievable."[6]

On September 2, 2017, Peoples-Jones started at punt returner as a true freshman in Michigan's season opener against Florida. He returned five punts for 40 yards, including an 18-yard return.[7][8][9] In his second game, he ran 44 yards on a jet sweep in the first quarter against Cincinnati. In his third game, he returned two punts for 104 yards, including a 79-yard return for a touchdown in the third quarter against Air Force. His 79-yard return for a touchdown was the longest by any Michigan punt returner since Steve Breaston went 83 yards against Indiana in 2006.[10] He finished with the second-most return attempts and eighth-most return yards in a single season by a Wolverine, and also caught 22 passes for 277 yards. Following an outstanding freshman season, he was named a Freshman All-American by Football Writers Association of America and 247 Sports, and was named Michigan's Rookie of the Year.[11]

During the 2018 season, Peoples-Jones led the team with 39 receptions, for 541 yards and seven touchdowns. Peoples-Jones ranked second in the Big Ten in punt return average (10.1) among players with 10 returns or more, and his 64 career return attempts ranks fourth in Michigan program history. On October 20, 2018 in a rivalry game against Michigan State, Peoples-Jones had a career long reception of 79 yards for a touchdown.[12] Following the season, he was named to the All-Big Ten special teams third-team, by both the coaches and media, and the All-Big Ten offensive teams third-team by coaches.[13][14]

Following the 2019 season, he was named to the All-Big Ten special teams third-team by the media, and the All-Big Ten offensive team honorable mention by the media.[15][16] On January 4, 2020, Peoples-Jones announced he would forego his final season of eligibility to enter the 2020 NFL draft.[17][18]

College statistics[edit]

Season Team Conf G Receiving Rushing Returns
Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Ret Yds Avg TD
2017 Michigan Big Ten 13 22 277 12.6 0 4 57 14.3 0 40 320 8.0 1
2018 Michigan Big Ten 13 47 612 13.0 8 3 37 12.3 0 25 250 10.0 1
2019 Michigan Big Ten 11 34 438 12.9 6 2 −7 −3.5 0 24 173 7.2 0
Career 37 103 1,327 12.9 14 9 87 9.7 0 89 743 8.3 2
All values from Sports Reference[19]

Professional career[edit]

Peoples-Jones was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round with the 187th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.[20]

Peoples-Jones signed his rookie contract with the Browns on May 20, 2020.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Angelique S. Chengelis (August 11, 2017). "Harbaugh raves about Michigan freshman receivers". The Detroit News.
  2. ^ Mark Snyder (April 16, 2017). "Peoples-Jones, Tarik Black flash skills in Michigan's spring game". Detroit Free Press.
  3. ^ "Donovan People-Jones". University of Michigan. Retrieved September 2, 2017.
  4. ^ "Donovan Peoples-Jones is state's best WR recruit since 2000". Mlive.com. December 15, 2016.
  5. ^ Chris Nelsen (December 15, 2016). "Cass Tech WR Donovan Peoples-Jones commits to Michigan football". Detroit Free Press.
  6. ^ Angelique S. Chengelis (August 30, 2017). "UM's Black, Peoples-Jones 'are going to be unbelievable'". The Detroit News.
  7. ^ Nick Baumgardner (September 5, 2017). "Michigan's Donovan Peoples-Jones trusting plan, focused on improvement". Detroit Free Press.
  8. ^ Aaron McMann (September 6, 2016). "For Michigan's Donovan Peoples-Jones, Step 1 is returning kicks". Mlive.com.
  9. ^ Orion Sang (September 5, 2017). "Peoples-Jones embraces fearless attitude at punt returner". The Michigan Daily.
  10. ^ "Michigan's Donovan Peoples-Jones earns props from friends, foes for TD". Detroit Free Press. September 16, 2017.
  11. ^ "Peoples-Jones Named FWAA Freshman All-American". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. January 8, 2018. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  12. ^ "Donovan Peoples-Jones – Football". University of Michigan Athletics. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  13. ^ "Fourteen Wolverines Earn All-Big Ten Honors on Defense, Special Teams". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. November 27, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  14. ^ "Eleven Michigan Players Selected for All-Big Ten Honors on Offense". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. November 27, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  15. ^ "Fourteen Wolverines Honored by Big Ten on Defense and Special Teams". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. December 3, 2019. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  16. ^ "Thirteen Michigan Players Honored by Big Ten on Offense". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. December 4, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
  17. ^ "BREAKING: Donovan Peoples-Jones Declares For NFL Draft". Maven. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  18. ^ Sang, Orion. "Michigan's Donovan Peoples-Jones declares for 2020 NFL draft". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  19. ^ "Donovan Peoples-Jones College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 3, 2020.
  20. ^ Gribble, Andrew (April 25, 2020). "Browns select Michigan WR Donovan Peoples-Jones with No. 187 pick in 2020 NFL Draft". ClevelandBrowns.com.
  21. ^ "Browns sign 2 draft picks". ClevelandBrowns.com. May 20, 2020.

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