Dillard with the Jacksonville Jaguars
|No. -- Free agent|
|Date of birth:||December 21, 1985|
|Place of birth:||San Antonio, Texas|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||190 lb (86 kg)|
|NFL draft:||2009 / Round: 5 / Pick: 144|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2011|
|Yards Per Catch:||11.5|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Jarett Juma Porter Dillard (born December 21, 1985) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football for Rice. Having played in the NFL, Dillard now attends the South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas.
In the 2005 season, Dillard captured national attention as no other Rice player had done. He shattered school receiving records on the way to becoming a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver. ESPN's All-America first-team pick broke the NCAA season record for consecutive games with at least one touchdown catch (13).
As a redshirt sophomore in 2006, he helped lead Rice to its 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 and Rice quarterback Chase Clement hold the NCAA Division I-A record for career touchdowns between a quarterback-receiver tandem with 50. 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. After his senior year, he became then first Rice player to be named to the Football Writers All America team in 50 years (Buddy Dial in 1958).
Awards and honors
- 2006 Biletnikoff Award Finalist
- New Orleans Bowl (2006)
- Texas Bowl (2008)
- Football Writers All American (2008)
- Sports Illustrated All-American (2006,2008)
- Walter Camp All-American (2006,2008)
- AP All-American (2008)
- Sporting News All-American (2008)
- ESPN All-American (2008)
2009 NFL Draft
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|5 ft 10 in||191 lb||4.53 s||- s||- s||4.41 s||7.10 s||42.5 in||10 ft 9 in||13 reps||-|
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 were undisclosed. As a rookie, Dillard caught six passes for 106 yards before suffering a broken ankle against the Jets in week 10 of the '09 season.
Dillard was placed on the injured reserve list on September 11, 2010 due to a foot injury and did not play a down that year.
Dillard was released by the Jaguars on May 7, 2012.
Dillard signed with Detroit on June 16, 2012, but was released on August 27, 2012.
Dillard signed with the Arizona Cardinals on April 24, 2013. He was waived after given an injury settlement on August 24, 2013.
- Duarte, Joseph (9 October 2013). "Dillard following in brother's footsteps at Rice". San Antonio Express News. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
- Jarett Dillard's Profile
- Jaguars sign Jarett Dillard
- Ganguli, Tania. "Jaguars release 2009 draft pick Jarett Dillard". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 7 May 2012.