Jarett Juma Porter Dillard is a wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who selected him with the 144th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Dillard played four seasons at Rice, where he set the FBS record for career touchdown receptions. Dillard is 5-feet, 11-inches tall and weighs 185 pounds.
At Sam Houston High School in San Antonio, TX, Dillard was a two-time all-district selection at wide receiver. He also competed in basketball and track, while ranking first in his class academically.
Dillard sat out the 2004 season as a redshirt. In 2005, he had 35 catches for 524 yards and five touchdowns, leading the team in all three categories. His 35 receptions were the most by a wide receiver during Ken Hatfield's 12 seasons as the head coach at Rice. Dillard was a Freshman All-Conference USA selection.
As a sophomore, Dillard broke into the national spotlight, earning consensus second team All-America honors. He finished the season with 91 receptions, tied for third-best in the nation. His 1,247 receiving yards ranked seventh among all FBS players, and his 21 receiving touchdowns were the most ever by a Rice receiver. He also set the Conference USA single-season record for receiving touchdowns, and set an NCAA record by catching a touchdown pass in 14 consecutive games in one season, breaking the mark shared by Larry Fitzgerald and Randy Moss. In addition to being a consensus first team All-Conference USA selection, Dillard was a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award as the best receiver in the nation, eventually losing to Calvin Johnson of Georgia Tech.
Dillard's production slipped in his junior year, but his 1,057 yards and 14 touchdowns were still the second-best single-season totals in school history, behind only his 2006 numbers. He also finished second in the conference with 79 receptions, earning All-Conference USA honors for the second straight season. His streak of 15 consecutive games with a touchdown reception ended in the season opener against Nicholls State, however, he still caught TD passes in eight different games as a junior.
In his final college season, Dillard totaled 87 receptions for a school-record 1,310 yards and again led the nation with 20 receiving touchdowns. He was an All-Conference USA selection for the third straight season and earned All-America honors from Sports Illustrated and the Walter Camp Foundation. For his career, Dillard had 292 receptions for 4,138 yards and 60 touchdowns. He broke Troy Edwards' career record for receiving touchdowns by 10 scores. As of his graduation, his 292 receptions ranked in the Top 10 in FBS history, and he was just the 10th receiver in FBS history to reach 4,000 career receiving yards. After the 2008 season, Dillard was chosen to participate in the East-West Shrine Game. He had three receptions for 51 yards, including a touchdown in the fourth quarter for the West team.
Dillard was selected in the fifth round (144th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Before the 2009 season, Dillard signed a contract with Jacksonville. Terms were not disclosed.
Dillard's sister, Tai, played basketball at the University of Texas and spent three seasons with the San Antonio Silver Stars of the WNBA.
Chase Clement's favorite target, Jarett Dillard, leads all active players in catches (284), receiving yards (4,052), and touchdowns (59). Dillard (currently with 19 rec TD) can also become the first player in FBS history to have 20 touchdown catches in 2 different seasons. Dillard is 1 of only 6 players to have 20 TD in a season (21 in 2006).
Tech's Michael Crabtree has caught at least 5 passes and at least 1 TD in every game of 2008 (10 straight games, dating back to last season). As a sophomore, Crabtree is already 2nd among active players with 34 TD receptions (Jarett Dillard, Rice, 54).
South Carolina WR Kenny McKinley led the SEC and set a single-season school record with 77 catches in 2007. McKinley caught 6 passes in South Carolina's opener against N.C. State, and needs just 11 more to break Sterling Sharpe's school record of 169 career receptions. McKinley has caught a pass in 34 straight games. Only Rice's Jarett Dillard (37) and UNLV's Casey Flair (35) have longer active streaks.
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