Jermaine Kearse

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Jermaine Kearse
Jermaine Kearse 2014.JPG
Kearse in the 2014 preseason
No. 15 Seattle Seahawks
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-02-06) February 6, 1990 (age 25)
Place of birth: Lakewood, Washington
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 209 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school: Lakewood (WA) Lakes
College: Washington
Undrafted: 2012
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Receptions: 63
Receiving yards: 914
Receiving TDs: 6
Stats at NFL.com

Jermaine Kearse (born February 6, 1990) is an American football wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2012. Kearse played college football at University of Washington.

Early years[edit]

Kearse attended Lakes High School in Lakewood, Washington. As a senior he caught 54 passes for 903 yards and eight touchdowns. His father is of Louisiana Creole descent (African, French and Native American) and his mother is German.[citation needed]

College career[edit]

Kearse attended the University of Washington, playing for the Huskies of the Pac-12 conference. As a true freshman in 2008, Kearse played in all 12 games, with two starts, and had 20 receptions for 301 yards and two touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2009 he started nine of 12 games and led the team in receptions with 50; yards with 866; and touchdowns with eight. He was named a second team All-Pac-10 selection.[1] As a junior in 2010 he started all 13 games and again led the team in receptions with 63 for 1,005 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named second team All-Pac-10 for the second consecutive year.[2] As a senior, he had 47 receptions for 699 yards and seven touchdowns.

Professional career[edit]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Kearse was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent on April 28, 2012. He appeared in 7 games for Seattle in 2012, finishing with 3 catches for 31 yards and playing on special teams. Kearse had LASIK surgery during the offseason to improve his vision.[3]

During the 2013 season in a Week 1 game against the Carolina Panthers, Kearse caught a 43 yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter to lift the Seahawks to a 12-7 score.

In a Week 5 game against the Indianapolis Colts, Kearse caught 1 reception 28 yards for a touchdown, and blocked an Indianapolis Colts' punt which resulted in a safety.[4] In Week 10 against the Atlanta Falcons, he scored a 43-yard touchdown after a trick play when Marshawn Lynch threw the ball back to Russell Wilson.[5]

In the 2013 NFC Championship Game on January 19, 2014 against division rival San Francisco 49ers, Kearse caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson. The Seahawks eventually won the game 23-17 and advanced to the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey.[6]

In Super Bowl XLVIII, Kearse helped lead the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl victory with 4 catches for 65 yards including a 23-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter, breaking 4 tackles to get into the endzone.[7]

In a 2014 NFC Divisional Round playoff game against the Carolina Panthers Kearse continued his streak of catching touchdowns in postseason games with a 63-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter, catching the ball with one hand. He would catch two other passes in the game, each going for 33 yards, and lead all receivers with 129 receiving yards on his three catches. [8]

In the 2014 NFC Championship Game versus the Green Bay Packers, Kearse caught his only completion, a 35-yard game-winning overtime touchdown to give Seattle a 28-22 win after falling behind 16-0 at halftime. The victory sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row. Kearse had been targeted on five throws earlier in the game, the first four being intercepted (two of them tipped by Kearse) and the fifth being incomplete.[9] It was the fourth straight postseason game in which Kearse caught a touchdown pass.

In the final minutes of Super Bowl XLIX, Kearse made an incredible catch after a Russell Wilson pass was tipped by Malcolm Butler and the ball bounced four times off Kearse's body before he secured the ball. The play looked to be a remake of the Helmet Catch, but the Seahawks would go on to lose after quarterback Russell Wilson inexplicably threw an interception to Butler on the goal line with under a minute remaining.[10]

Career Statistics[edit]

Season Team Games Receiving Rushing Fumbles
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2012 Seattle Seahawks 7 1 3 31 10.3 17 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 -
2013 Seattle Seahawks 15 15 22 346 15.7 43 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
2014 Seattle Seahawks 15 15 38 537 14.1 60 1 2 15 7.5 11 0 0 -
Total 37 20 114 914 14.5 60 5 2 15 7.5 11 0 0 -

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