|Height: 5-11 | Weight: 197 | College: Western Michigan|
Despite becoming only the 11th player in NCAA Division 1-A history to gain over 1,000 yards receiving three times in a career, this versatile athlete toiled in relative anonymity throughout his collegiate career. Still, when you look at his production as a Bronco, you can see that he ranks with the nation's elite.
Jennings was an all-Big Eight Conference selection during his senior season Kalamazoo Central High School. He earned all-state second-team honors as a junior and was listed 11th on the Detroit Free Press "Fabulous 50" rankings. Jennings also earned all-conference honors in three sports: football, basketball and track. The big-play receiver competed on the school's 4x100-meter relay team that made it to the state finals.
Jennings redshirted as a freshman in 2001 at Western Michigan. He missed four games in 2002 due to a broken bone in his left ankle. In eight games that year, he caught 10 passes for 138 yards, gained 15 yards on a reverse and totaled 58 yards on eight punt returns and 232 yards on eight kickoff returns (29.0 avg).
The 2003 season was Jennings' "coming out" party. He earned Southern Football Weekly All-America honors and was a second-team all-Mid American Conference choice. Jennings ranked second on the team with 56 catches for 1,050 yards (18.8 avg) and 14 touchdowns, becoming only the second player in school history to gain over 1,000 yards receiving in a season. He added 669 yards on 31 kickoff returns (21.6 avg) and gained 15 yards on four carries. His 1,734 all-purpose yards ranks second on the school single-season list.
The offensive team captain was an all-MAC first-team pick in 2004. He ranked eighth in the country with an average of 99.3 yards per game receiving. He led the team with 74 catches for 1,092 yards (14.8 avg) and 11 touchdowns, the second-best season totals in school history. Jennings also returned 21 punts for 311 yards (14.8 avg) and two scores, adding 12 yards on three carries to generate 1,415 all-purpose yards.
In 2005, Jennings led the nation with an average of 8.91 catches per game and ranked second with an average of 114.45 yards per game receiving. He set school season records with 98 receptions for 1,259 yards (12.8 avg) and tied his own 2003 mark with 14 touchdown catches. Jennings gained 50 yards on 10 carries, 172 yards on 20 punt returns (8.6 avg) and 20 yards on a pair of kickoff returns. He also completed 1 of 3 passes for a 22-yard touchdown.
In 42 games as a Bronco, Jennings started 34 times. He established school career records with 238 catches for 3,539 yards (14.9 avg) and 39 touchdowns. His 3,539 yards rank fourth and his 39 scores rank second on the Mid-American Conference's all-time list. He carried 18 times for 92 yards (5.1 avg), returned 49 punts for 541 yards (11.0 avg) and two scores and totaled 921 yards on 41 kickoff returns (22.5 avg). His 5,093 all-purpose yards set a WMU all-time record and ranks eighth in MAC history.
Positives: Shows good initial quickness and sudden burst coming off the line to avoid the jam Has the shake-and-bake moves, loose hips and second gear to prevent defenders from rerouting him once he gets into his patterns Has soft, natural hands, especially when tracking the ball over his shoulder Good route-runner who might round his cuts at times, but shows the gliding stride to get in and out of his breaks Does a nice job of keeping his feet when working along the sidelines Runs with the ball securely and has the speed to get vertical and separate from slower defenders after the catch Can run past defenders on returns, making good decisions, and shows the hip snap to redirect and squeeze through tight quarters.
Negatives: Has a lean, angular frame with marginal strength Needs to add more bulk and power in order to absorb punishment at the next level, but his frame has room for only a little bit more growth Likes to compete for the ball in traffic, but his smaller size and slight frame sees him get "ping-ponged" a lot trying to secure the ball in a crowd His size and strength issues become evident when he is asked to block, as he lacks the hand strength to lock on and sustain at the line and does not seem to relish the idea of stalking and taking on linebackers as a cut blocker in the second level.
Jennings has a lean, angular frame and will need to add some more bulk in order to withstand punishment at the next level. He is a multi-talented athlete that is certainly capable of handling return duties in the professional ranks. He is a tough competitor who is a threat to score whether catching, running, returning or throwing the football.
Jennings displays good timed speed, but it is his sudden burst and acceleration that allows him to slip past defenders and make plays downfield. He shows good quickness when changing direction and has the hip snap, knee bend and flexibility to squeeze through tight quarters and gain additional yardage. He is an instinctive athlete who easily takes the plays from the board to the playing field.
Jennings is well-coordinated in his initial burst off the snap. He has a smooth release that allows him to cover ground and a gliding stride that will generally allow him to get underneath the ball to catch it cleanly. He has adequate strength but relies more on his second gear and avoidance skills to avoid the jam at the line of scrimmage. He is tough to reroute, as he uses his hip swerve effectively to shake and bake the defenders with quickness.
Jennings will sometimes round his cuts, but generally shows good precision as a route-runner. He glides in and out of his breaks to set up defenders and shows very good zone vision to spot the soft spot and settle in. When isolated one-on-one, he is very consistent at using his speed as a weapon to pull away from defenders.
He shows good body control on short routes, demonstrating good courage going across the field, and has good range with his hands to make adjustments in attempts to get to off-target throws. You can see on film his ability to track the ball over his shoulder. He has the second gear to elude in the open and uses good vision to find seams with his shake and wiggle.
Working in a crowd, Jennings has the toughness to make the catch and hold on securely while taking a hit. He shows no hesitation going up for jump balls, but lacks the strength to prevent more physical defenders from jolting him around a bit to prevent him from making the catch. After the catch, Jennings can elude, but will go down from initial contact to due his size and strength limitations.
Jennings is generally a non-factor as a blocker due to a lack of bulk, size and power. He seems to shy away from stalking linebackers upfield and is not the type who will cut in the second level or compete to stay on blocks when working in-line.
His return skills will help him secure a roster spot at the next level and few can question his natural hands ability. But he needs to add more bulk and strength to his frame in order to be a consistent performer at the next level. A lack of ideal muscle mass will see him take a lot of punishing hits, but his frame might not have the room for the additional growth he needs. For a change-of-pace receiver or one to play in the slot, he will bring good value as a second-day draft prospect.
Jennings is only the 11th player in NCAA Division 1-A history to gain over 1,000 yards receiving three times in a career His 238 receptions set a school career record, topping the old mark of 235 by Steven Neal (1997-2000) His 238 catches tied Dante Ridgeway of Ball State (2002-04) for third on the Mid-American Conference career list behind Josh Davis of Marshall (306, 2001-04) and Darius Watts of Marshall (272, 2000-03) His 3,539 yards receiving rank second in school history behind Neal's 3,599 and is fourth in MAC history behind Neal, Watts (3,889) and Davis (4,031) His 39 touchdown catches broke the previous WMU career record of 27 by Neal and is topped only by Watts' 47 in conference history His 541 yards on 49 punt returns rank fourth in school history Jennings' career total of 5,093 all-purpose yards broke the old school record of 4,609 yards by Robert Sanford (1997-2000) and ranks eighth on the Mid-American Conference career list.
All-America third-team choice by The NFL Draft Report All-Mid American Conference first-team pick Named team MVP Led the nation with an average of 8.91 catches per game and ranked second with an average of 114.45 yards receiving per game Ranked 21st in NCAA Division 1-A with an average of 136.45 all-purpose yards per game Set school season records with 98 receptions for 1,259 yards (12.8 avg) and 14 touchdowns His 98 catches shattered the old WMU record of 77 by Kendrick Mosley in 2003 and rank fifth in MAC history, behind Dante Ridgeway of Ball State (105 in 2004), Eugene Baker of Kent State (103 in 1997), Lance Moore of Toledo (103 in 2003) and Cole Magner of Bowling Green (99 in 2003) His 1,259 yards broke the previous school mark of 1,121 yards by Steve Neal in 1998 It also ranks seventh on the conference's single-season list behind Randy Moss of Marshall (1,647 in 1997), Baker (1,549 in 1997), Martin Nance of Miami of Ohio (1,498 in 2003), Darius Watts of Marshall (1,417 in 2001), Ridgeway (1,399 in 2004) and Kevin Walter of Eastern Michigan (1,368 in 2002) His 14 touchdown catches tied his own school record, set in 2003, and ranks fifth in MAC history, topped only by Moss (25 in 1997), Baker (18 in 1997), Watts (18 in 2001) and Charles Sharon of Bowling Green (15 in 2004) Carried 10 times for 50 yards (5.0 avg), returned 20 punts for 172 yards (8.6 avg) and gained 20 yards on two kickoff returns Amassed 1,501 all-purpose yards Of the 141 passes targeted to Jennings, he converted 57 into first downs, including 11 on third-down plays and one more on fourth down Had 13 catches for 20 yards or longer Fumbled twice and recorded a pair of solo tackles Gained over 100 yards receiving in six games from the flanker position.
|2005 Game Analysis|
Virginia Opened the season in explosive fashion, catching a school record-tying 16 passes for 156 yards His 16 receptions equaled a mark set by Jamie Hence vs. Ohio University in 1987 Only Kenny Christian of Eastern Michigan (20 vs. Temple in 2000) caught more passes in a game in MAC history Eight of his catches were good for first downs Set up three Nate Meyer field goals, catching 8- and 10-yard passes from Robbie Haas in the second quarter to lead to Meyer's 31-yard field goal that capped a 6-play, 44-yard drive Added a 32-yard catch to set up Meyer's 32-yard field goal with 6:12 left in the first half and then had 12- and 9-yarders on the drive that ended with Meyer's 40-yard field goal in the third quarter Head to Head Competition -- CB Chris Gorham.
Toledo Followed with eight catches for 72 yards, including five that were good for first downs Set up Ryan Cubit's 37-yard scoring pass to Jamarko Simmons with 22- and 7-yard receptions in the second quarter Also had a 15-yard catch of a third-and-6 pass from Cubit to set up Nate Meyer's 22-yard field goal in the third quarter Head to Head Competition -- CB Antonio Malone.
Southern Illinois Caught nine passes for 109 yards and touchdowns of 8 and 19 yards His 8-yarder came on a third-and-7 pass from Ryan Cubit in the first quarter Set up a 1-yard scoring pass from Cubit to tight end Tony Scheffler with an 8-yard one-handed grab near the goal line Head to Head Competition -- CB Clayton Johnson.
Temple Followed with 11 receptions for 79 yards, including a 17-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-1 pass from Ryan Cubit in the second quarter Added 25 yards on five punt returns and 16 yards on two carries Tackled Christian Dunbar after the defensive end gained 9 yards after returning a Cubit pass in the second quarter Fumbled a punt return that Jennings quickly recovered. Temple's safety Garrett Schultz was penalized 15 yards for a personal foul on the play Head to Head Competition -- CB Chris Page.
Buffalo Scored twice on six catches for 72 yards, returned four punts for 61 yards and threw a 22-yard pass for a touchdown Had 13- and 22-yard receptions before catching a 7-yard touchdown from Robbie Haas to cap a 9-play, 75-yard drive at the start of the game Returned a punt 32 yards to set up Jennings's 22-yard touchdown pass to Joe Chapple early in the second quarter Added a 16-yard scoring catch of a Tim Hiller pass on the team's next drive Head to Head Competition -- CB Gemar Williams.
Ball State Caught 11 passes for a career-high 244 yards and set a school record with four touchdown catches, good for 40, 50, 27 and 25 yards Nine of his catches were good for first downs, including two on third down Attempted a pass that was intercepted His 244 yards were the second-best game total in school history behind Corey Alston's 263 vs. Eastern Michigan in 1997 and rank fourth in conference history behind Alston, Josh Davis of Marshall (264 vs. Appalachian State in 2002) and Brian Oliver of Ball State (297 vs. Toledo in 1993) His four scoring receptions broke the school record of three set by several players (most recently by Jennings vs. Central Michigan in 2003) Only Randy Moss of Marshall (five vs. Ball State in 1997) had more touchdown catches in a game in MAC history Head to Head Competition -- CB Joshua Taylor.
Bowling Green Added 162 yards with two touchdowns on eight catches Six of his receptions were good for first downs Caught a 16-yard swing pass from Rick Haas for a score early in the second quarter, followed by a career-long 89-yard touchdown catch on the next drive The 89-yarder was the second-longest reception in school history, topped only by Jennings' 94-yard catch vs. Central Michigan in 2003 Added 19- and 11-yard catches to set up a 2-yard scoring run by Trovon Riley with 5:10 left in the first half Head to Head Competition -- CB Antonio Smith.
Kent State Followed with four catches for 37 yards, including a 10-yard score Carried twice for 20 yards, but fumbled on a 3-yard rushing attempt in the third quarter Also had a 19-yard kickoff return and two punt returns for 22 yards Head to Head Competition -- CB Jack Williams.
Eastern Michigan Made nine catches for 103 yards Six of them were good for first downs Added a first down on an 11-yard reverse and returned a punt 17 yards Head to Head Competition -- CB Duan Bracey.
Central Michigan Registered his sixth 100-yard performance for the season, making nine catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns Had six first-down catches, including three on third-down Caught a 76-yard scoring pass from QB Tim Hiller with 0:29 left in the first quarter Followed with a 40-yard score on a sideline pass from Hiller in the second quarter Head to Head Competition -- CB Ronnie Jackson.
Northern Illinois Closed his career with seven receptions for 51 yards Tackled Ray Smith after the strong safety intercepted a Robbie Haas pass. Jennings brought the defender down for a 3-yard loss in the first quarter Head to Head Competition -- CB Alvah Hansbro.
All-Mid American Conference first-team choice Named the team's Most Valuable Player and Offensive MVP Ranked eighth in the nation with an average of 99.3 yards per game receiving, 14th with an average of 6.7 catches per game and 12th with a punt return average of 14.8 yards Lined up at "X" receiver, leading the team with 74 receptions for 1,092 yards (14.8 avg) and 11 touchdowns His 74 catches rank third on the school's single-season list, his 1,092 yards rank fourth and his 11 scoring catches rank third Joined Steve Neal (1,121 in 1998 and 1,113 in 1999) as the only players in school history to gain over 1,000 yards receiving twice in a career (Jennings accomplished the feat three times) Gained 311 yards with a pair of scores on 21 punt returns and rushed three times for 12 yards Amassed 1,415 all-purpose yards, an average of 128.6 yards per game Had five games with at least 100 yards receiving.
|2004 Game Analysis|
Tennessee-Martin Began the season with four catches for 33 yards and three punt returns for 71 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown.
Virginia Tech Gained 64 yards on eight catches vs. All-America cornerback Jimmy Williams and added 13 yards on a punt return.
Illinois Had seven catches for 84 yards and a 3-yard touchdown.
Ball State Caught a 34-yard scoring pass from QB Ryan Cubit in the second quarter, finishing the day with 58 yards on five receptions and a 12-yard punt return.
Toledo Caught four passes for 129 yards, including touchdowns of 46 and 37 yards from QB Ryan Cubit.
Eastern Michigan Caught 11 passes for 142 yards, including 3- and 13-yard scores His 11 catches rank sixth on the school's single-game list.
Northern Illinois Followed with eight receptions for 127 yards and a 51-yard score Also gained 112 yards on three punt returns, with a 93-yard touchdown His 93-yarder was the second-longest punt return in school history, topped only by Paul Agema's 95-yarder vs. Akron in 1990.
Central Michigan Totaled 167 yards with a 79-yard score on eight receptions and 55 yards on four punt returns His 79-yarder was a spectacular one-handed catch.
Bowling Green Caught four passes for 52 yards.
Miami (Oh.) Caught eight passes for 155 yards, including touchdowns of 35 and 46 yards from Blayne Baggett.
Marshall Finished the season with seven receptions for 81 yards and a 39-yard score Ran for a 4-yard gain and returned two punts for 27 yards.
Earned Southern Football Weekly All-America honors All-MAC second-team pick and named WMU Offensive MVP Set a school record for touchdown receptions in a season (14) Lined up at split end, ranking second on the team with 56 receptions for 1,050 yards (18.8 avg) His 1,050 yards rank fifth on the school's single-season list Returned 31 kickoffs for 669 yards (21.6 avg) and gained 15 yards on four carries (3.8 avg) Had five 100-yard games receiving His 1,734 all-purpose yards was the second-best season total by a Bronco player, topped only by Shawn Faulkner (1889 in 1983).
|2003 Game Analysis|
Michigan State Started the season by catching 10 passes for 107 yards and touchdowns of 45 and 12 yards from QB Chad Munson.
William and Mary Followed with three receptions for 126 yards and scores of 61 and 17 yards.
Virginia Gained 61 yards on five catches with a 36-yard touchdown from QB Chad Munson, as Jennings went over a pair of defenders to get to the ball.
Ohio University Held to two catches, but they were good for 103 yards, including a 44-yard touchdown Also had a 42-yard kickoff return.
Eastern Michigan Caught six passes for 117 yards and scores of 34 and 22 yards Ran for a 9-yard gain and returned a kickoff 24 yards.
Northern Illinois Made five catches for 35 yards and a 7-yard touchdown Returned six kickoffs for 125 yards.
Marshall Followed with 101 yards on six kickoff returns and had a 43-yard catch.
Connecticut Caught seven passes for 164 yards, going vertical over two defenders to haul in QB Jon Drach's 70-yard touchdown pass Also picked up 115 yards on six kickoff returns.
Ball State Executed a juking move to elude three defenders on a 24-yard catch of a Jon Drach pass for a score, finishing with 43 yards on three receptions and 51 yards on two kickoff returns.
Central Michigan Gained a season-high 204 yards on eight catches with touchdowns of 15, 94 and 15 yards from Jon Drach His 94-yarder was the longest reception in school history, topping the 87-yarder by Allen Boyko vs. Kent State in 1990 Had two kickoff returns for 58 yards.
Toledo Closed the season with five kickoff returns for 109 yards and four catches for 34 yards.
Played in eight games as a redshirt freshman Suffered a broken bone in his left ankle vs. Virginia Tech and missed the Buffalo, Central Florida, Bowling Green and Northern Illinois games Finished with 10 receptions for 138 yards (13.8 avg) and also gained 15 yards on a reverse Returned eight kickoffs for 232 yards (29.0 avg) and eight punts for 58 yards (7.3 avg).
|2002 Game Analysis|
Indiana State Made his collegiate debut with two catches for 17 yards and a 19-yard kickoff return.
Michigan Followed with 70 yards on three kickoff returns, 21 yards on three punt returns and 50 yards on three receptions.
Purdue Had a 38-yard catch, three punt returns for 35 yards and a 76-yard kickoff return.
Eastern Michigan Gained 15 yards on a reverse and 9 yards on a reception.
Redshirted as a freshman Received Offensive Stallion of the Year Award for outstanding scout team play.
2002: Suffered a broken bone in his left ankle vs. Virginia Tech (9/28), missing the Buffalo, Central Florida, Bowling Green and Northern Illinois games.
Campus: 4.53 in the 40-yard dash 290-pound bench press 33-inch vertical jump 30 -inch arm length 9 -inch hands Right-handed 18/34 Wonderlic score.
Attended Kalamazoo (Mich.) Central High School, playing football for head coach Bob Kubiak All-Big Eight Conference selection during his senior season Earned all-state second-team honors as a junior and was listed 11th on the Detroit Free Press "Fabulous 50" rankings Also earned all-conference honors in three sports: football, basketball and track Competed on the school's 4x100-meter relay team that made it to the state finals.
Organizational Communications major Son of Gwendolyn and Greg Jennings Father is a pastor and mother is a minister Born 9/21/83 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.