Overview
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.
Prep Career
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.
Freshman Year
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.
Sophomore Year
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.
Junior Year
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.
Senior Year
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.
NFL Career
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.
Personal
Dillard's sister, Tai, played basketball at the University of Texas and spent three seasons with the San Antonio Silver Stars of the WNBA.
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