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Jerome Mathis

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 181 | College: Hampton
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Positives: Has a lean, tightly muscled frame with a thin waist (built for speed) … Shows good strength to release vs. press coverage, using his hands effectively, combined with sudden acceleration to avoid the jam … Does a good job of maintaining balance along the sidelines … Has the second gear needed to separate in the open … Will body catch, but does not drop many balls … Not the type who will shy away from contact, showing aggression, leaping ability and timing to combat for the ball in flight … Does a very good job of tracking the ball in over his shoulders and has the hip wiggle and shake to easily elude defenders after the catch … Shows the ability to come back quickly for the under-thrown pass and displays crisp stop-and-go action … Unlike most sprinters, he has more than only straight-line acceleration … He is active with his hands to maintain separation with the defender and is adept at executing double moves to elude … Very effective running deep routes, posts and verticals, as he has the pure speed to win any foot race … Gives good effort and stays to fight when asked to block at the line of scrimmage.

Negatives … Has made improvements in using his hands to assist in his release, but needs to run crisper routes, especially in the short area, where he rounds his cuts and looks sluggish coming out of his breaks … Must work on maintaining concentration on the ball, as he has dropped a few easy tosses because he looks to run before securing the ball … Double catches the ball quite a bit, letting it absorb into his body and needs to show better hand extension to catch away from the body's frame … Well-liked and a hard worker, but had two off-field incidents (assault), with one leading to a conviction.

2004 Season

All-MEAC first-team selection … Second in the MEAC in receiving yards per game (88.8) and fifth in receptions per game (3.73) … Led the league in all-purpose yards with 1,407 (29 rushing, 977 receiving, 42 punt returns, 343 kickoff returns) … Had a league-best average of 24.4 yards per catch … Hauled in eight catches of more than 40 yards … Set a school season-record with 977 yards receiving on 40 catches (24.4 avg) with nine touchdowns … Ran nine times for 29 yards (3.2 avg) and returned 17 kickoffs for 343 yards (20.4 average) … Gained 1,391 all-purpose yards.

2003 GAME Analysis

Tuskegee: Caught five passes for 146 yards and touchdowns of 13, 3 and 67 yards … Had a 37-yard kickoff return and rushed twice for 22 yards.

Morgan State: Followed with 107 yards on four receptions, including a 76-yard score.

Delaware State: Made four catches for 97 yards and returned three kickoffs for 38 yards.

Florida A&M: Totaled 141 yards on four grabs with a 74-yard touchdown and 52 yards on two kickoff returns.

Bethune-Cookman: Gained 87 yards on five catches, 113 yards on four kickoff returns and 23 yards on a reverse.

North Carolina A&T: Had four receptions for 91 yards and a 45-yard touchdown.

Savannah State: Finished the season with five catches for 173 yards, including 53, 40 and 39-yard scores, a 42-yard punt return and an 18-yard kickoff return.

2003 Season

Played in every game, catching 24 passes for 615 yards (25.6 average) and three touch-downs … Carried 20 times for 188 yards (9.4 average) and a score … Returned 20 kickoffs for 417 yards (20.9 average) and a touchdown … Amassed 1220 all-purpose yards.


Southwest Missouri: Caught three passes for 95 yards and returned three kickoffs for 38 yards.

Howard: Rushed three times for 46 yards and a 14-yard score, adding a 5-yard catch and 22 yards on two kickoff returns.

Alcorn State: Followed with a 54-yard touchdown grab, three kickoff returns for 68 yards and 22 yards on four carries.

Bowie State: Scored on a season-long 68-yard reception.

Norfolk State: Amassed 115 yards on four catches, including a 61-yard touchdown, had a 23-yard kickoff return and gained 10 yards on a reverse.

South Carolina State: Snared three passes for 56 yards and gained 91 yards on three kickoff returns.

Bethune-Cookman: Totaled 124 yards on three receptions.

Morgan State: Made two catches for 57 yards, ran for an 8-yard gain and returned two kickoffs for 92 yards, including a 79-yard touchdown.

2002 Season

Sat out the season under NCAA Proposition 48 rules.

Injury Report

No injuries reported.



Was the 2003 and 2004 NCAA East Regional champion in the 200-meter dash … Set the East Regional record in the 200-meter dash with a personal best 20.32 in 2004 … Two-time NCAA All-American in the 200-meter dash, thanks to a runner-up finish in 2003 and a sixth place effort in 2004 … MEAC champion in the 100-meter dash.


Political Science major … Son of Velda and Melvin Thorpe … Born 6/26/83 … Resides in Petersburg, Virginia.

High School

4.28 in the 40-yard dash … 2.51 20-yard dash … 1.53 10-yard dash … 35.5-inch vertical jump … 10'1" broad jump … 32 5/8-inch arm length … 9 3/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 19 Wonderlic score.


Attended Petersburg (Va.) High School, playing football for coach Remus James … All-State, All-District and All-Metro selection as a wide receiver and kick returner … Six-time state champion in track and field … 2001 national indoor 200-meter champion at the Nike Classic.


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