|Hometown:||Fort Myers, FL|
|High School:||South Fort Myers|
|Years:||2011 - 2013|
Rising sophomore who burst onto the national stage as one of the top wideouts in the nation...has already set several school records...has been used as a primary receiver, ball carrier, and kick returner...his 826 career kickoff returns yards are ninth-most in school history.
2011: National freshman-of-the-year by Columbus (OH) Touchdown Club, Rivals.com, and Sporting News...national offensive freshman-of-the-year by CollegeFootballNews.com...first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly and Rivals.com; he became Clemson’s first freshman to be named a first-team All-American...first-team All-American (all-purpose) by AP and FoxSports.com; he became the first freshman in ACC history to be an AP First-Team All-American; he became just the third Red-shirt freshman in NCAA history to earn AP First-Team All-America honors, joining Herschel Walker (1980) of Georgia and Adrian Peterson (2004) of Oklahoma...first-team All-American (kickoff returner) by SI.com...second-team All-American by Phil Steele...honorable mention All-American by SI.com...ACC Rookie-of-the-Year...ACC freshman-of-the-year by CBSSports.com...first-team freshman All-American by CBSSports.com, CollegeFootballNews.com, Football Writers Association, Phil Steele, Rivals.com, and Sporting News...first-team freshman All-American (return specialist) by Phil Steele...one of 15 semifinalists for the Walter Camp Player-of-the-Year Award; he was the only freshman or sophomore among the semifinalists...one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award...added to the Maxwell Award Watch List in October...one of 20 players on the College Performance Awards National Freshman Performer-of-the-Year Trophy Watch List...Banks McFadden Award (Offense) winner by the Greenville Touchdown Club...First-Team All-ACC selection as a wide receiver and Second-Team All-ACC selection as a specialist; he became the first Tiger freshman to earn First-Team All-ACC honors since 1995 (Anthony Simmons) and the first-ever Tiger freshman wide receiver to earn First-Team All-ACC honors...first-team All-ACC by CBSSports.com, ESPN.com, and Phil Steele...first-team All-ACC (kickoff returner) by Phil Steele...had 82 receptions for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns, 231 yards on 32 carries, and 33 kickoff returns for 826 yards and one touchdown for 2,288 all-purpose yards in 656 snaps over 13 games (10 starts)...first in school history in receiving yards, first in receiving yards per game (93.8), first in receiving touchdowns, first in kickoff returns, first in kickoff return yards, second in receptions, second in all-purpose yards, third in receptions per game (6.3), and tied for ninth in touchdowns (13)...averaged 14.9 yard per catch, 7.2 yards per carry, and 25.0 yard per kickoff return...was 1-1 passing for nine yards...fourth in the nation in all-purpose yards per game (176.0) and 16th in receiving yards per game...first in the ACC in all-purpose yards per game, second in receiving yards per game, second in kickoff return average, third in receptions per game, and tied for third in points (touchdowns) per game (6.0)...had a game-high seven receptions for a game-high 81 yards and a touchdown in his first career game against Troy on Sept. 3; he scored the touchdown on his first career touch and on the second offensive play of the season with 14:34 left in the first quarter; he added five yards on two carries and a 12-yard punt return...had four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown, 30 yards on three carries, and 110 yards on five kickoff returns for a game-high 196 all-purpose yards; named ACC Rookie-of-the-Week...had a game-high 10 receptions for a game-high 155 yards and two touchdowns along with 44 yards on seven carries for a game-high 199 all-purpose yards against #19 Auburn on Sept. 17; he set the Clemson freshman record for receptions and receiving yards in a game; named national freshman-of-the-week by Rivals.com; named ACC Receiver-of-the-Week and ACC Rookie-of-the-Week; received a Helmet Sticker on ESPN College Gameday Final; named team co-offensive player-of-the-game...had seven receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns, 13 yards on three carries, and a 21-yard kickoff return for a game-high 175 all-purpose yards against #11 Florida State on Sept. 24; named national freshman-of-the-week by Rivals.com; named ACC Receiver-of-the-Week...had three receptions for 38 yards and four yards on three carries at #10 Virginia Tech on Oct. 1...had seven receptions for a game-high 152 yards against Boston College on Oct. 8; named ACC Rookie-of-the-Week; named team offensive player-of-the-game...had eight receptions for 105 yards and two touchdowns, a 33-yard rush, and 207 yards and a touchdown on five kickoff returns to set a school record for all-purpose yards (345); all three of his touchdowns came in the second half with the Tigers trailing, while his 89-yard kickoff return for a score with 7:24 left in the game gave Clemson the lead for good; named national player-of-the-week, national freshman-of-the-week, and ACC player-of-the-week by Rivals.com; named national kickoff returner-of-the-week by College Football Performance Awards; named ACC Receiver-of-the-Week and ACC Rookie-of-the-Week; named team co-offensive player-of-the-game...had eight receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown along with 96 yards on four kickoff returns against North Carolina on Oct. 22...had nine receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown, a seven-yard carry, 124 yards on six kickoff returns, and was 1-1 passing for nine yards at Georgia Tech on Oct. 29; named team offensive player-of-the-game...had five receptions for 62 yards, 32 yards on two carries, and 103 yards on four kickoff returns for a game-high 197 all-purpose yards before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury against Wake Forest on Nov. 12; missed the N.C. State game on Nov. 19 due to the injury...had five receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown, 55 yards on five carries, and a 22-yard kickoff return for a game-high 157 all-purpose yards against #3 Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 3...had five receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown, a two-yard carry, and 143 yards on seven kickoff returns for a team-high 211 all-purpose yards against #22 West Virginia in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4.
Before Clemson: Unanimous national top-50 recruit by all the services...#9 player in the nation, #1 wide receiver in the nation, #4 player in Florida by 247Sports.com...#15 player and #3 wide receiver in the nation by Rivals.com...#39 player and #4 wide receiver in the nation by ESPN.com...#41 player and #5 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com...#48 player in the nation by MaxPreps.com...#18 player in the nation, #2 player in Florida, and #3 wide receiver in the nation by SuperPrep...MaxPreps.com First-Team All-American...led his team to the AAA state semifinals with 54 catches for 1,268 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior; added scores on two kickoff returns, two punt returns, and three interception returns...helped South Fort Myers High School to an 11-1 record and the state semifinals...all-time leading receiver in the history of Lee County with 133 catches for 2,997 yards and 36 touchdowns in his career...had eight 100-yard receiving games as a senior...ran the “Wildcat” in a state playoff game when he gained 133 yards on just six carries and scored three touchdowns; also threw a touchdown pass...averaged 11.8 yards per carry in his career...had 46 catches for 1,192 yards and 14 scores as a junior...had 33 receptions for 537 yards and 10 scores as a sophomore...first-team all-state as a junior and senior...player-of-the-year by Naples Daily News as a senior...played in the U.S. Army All-American game...won the AA state title in the 200m and finished second in the 100m as a senior...fifth in the 100m and sixth in the 200m at the state meet as a junior...coached by Grant Redhead at South Fort Myers High...recruited by Brad Scott.
Personal: His brother, Jaylen, was a 2010 U.S. Army All-American and is a member of the Florida football team...majoring in communication studies...born June 14, 1993.
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