|Height: 5-10 | Weight: 191 | College: Rice|
Rice's first All-America selection by the Football Writers Association since Buddy Dial in 1958, Dillard also became the first Owl to be a consensus pick for conference honors (Conference USA) for three consecutive seasons. An electrifying scorer who plays a high-energy game that will remind New York Giants fans of one of their old favorites -- Phil McConkey.
While not blessed with blazing speed, Dillard excels at weaving and darting through tight areas and surprising lethargic cornerbacks with his exceptional leaping ability to get to the ball at its high point. His exceptional ability to score saw him become the first Owl to be invited to play in the prestigious East-West Shrine Game since Dan Dawson in 2002.
Breaking the spirits of opposing defensive backs, Dillard also broke numerous school, Conference USA and NCAA records before completing a career that saw him start 46 of 49 games. His 60 touchdown catches topped the old collegiate record of 50 by Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech. His 292 receptions set the school all-time record and rank second in league annals. His 4,138 receiving yards set school and conference marks and also placed the Owl receiver ninth in NCAA annals.
Dillard started all three seasons during his career at Sam Houston High School. He was a two-time All-District 28-4A selection at wide receiver, adding all-area honors as a senior, in addition to being named Academic all-state selection. He helped the Sam Houston basketball team reach the Class 4A state tournament in 2003, and competed in the regional track meet in both hurdles events that year. He graduated first in his class and was a member of the National Honor Society while also serving as a class officer.
In 2004, Dillard enrolled at Rice, spending the season redshirting on the scout team. The following year, he took over split end duties, starting eight games. He led the team with 35 receptions for 524 yards (15.0 avg.), finding the end zone five times.
The 2005 season saw Dillard capture the national attention that no other Rice player ever enjoyed. He shattered school receiving records on the way to becoming a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver. ESPN's All-America first-team pick broke the NCAA season record for consecutive games with at least one touchdown catch (13).
His 21 scoring grabs set both the school and Conference USA mark. He collected 91 passes for 1,274 yards (13.7 avg.), ranking fifth nationally with 7.0 receptions and eighth in the major college ranks with 95.92 receiving yards per game. He also became the first Owl to ever generate over 1,000 yards receiving in a season.
As a junior, Dillard was an All-America honorable mention and All-Conference USA first-team selection. The "X" receiver started all 12 games, pacing the Owls again with 79 catches for 1,057 yards (13.4 avg.), scoring 14 times. He ranked second in the league with an average of 6.58 receptions per game and third with 88.08 yards receiving.
Dillard was named All-American and All-Conference USA as a senior, as he led the nation with 20 touchdown catches. He pulled down 87 passes for 1,310 yards (15.1 avg.), becoming the first player in league history to produce three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. He placed third in the conference, as he averaged 6.69 receptions and 100.77 receiving yards per game.
Positives: Productive receiver with long arms and adequate size. Very reliable hands, snatching the ball away from his body. Can free himself off press coverage using his hands and quick movements on the line. Excellent route-runner as he stays low in his cuts, sells the jerk route well and does not round off out-cuts. Good vision and a naturally elusive runner with the ball in his hands. Lulls defenders to sleep off the line, then takes off down the seam. Adjusts to throws to his outside shoulder.
Negatives: Lacks great athleticism and explosiveness off the line. Lacks the pure speed to separate from corners or safeties. Has trouble getting to corners and linebackers to block at the second level. Gets knocked off his routes too easily. Won't win many battles for the ball in the air because of relatively weak hands and vertical, although he can shield the defender. Likely a slot receiver. Must adapt to a new quarterback after building a great relationship with Clement.
GENERAL REPORT: GRADE: 6.4
Body Structure: Dillard has an adequate-sized build with smaller-than-ideal hands (yet, is a natural hands catcher), adequate arm length and overall muscle tone, small bubble and a frame that is in need of more bulk, but it might be at maximum growth potential. He has thin hips and small lower leg structure, along with tightness in those hips that prevent him from changing direction suddenly, which is a critical factor for a slot receiver.
Athletic Ability: Dillard has just adequate speed and marginal explosion, but is a savvy route runner with reliable hands. He is more quick than fast, but has good body control. His change-of-direction agility is suspect (shuttle and three-cone drills were one of the poorest at the Combine), but gets excellent elevation and great timing on his leaps, making him a better fit as a slot receiver than at split end (42.5-inch vertical). He compensates for a lack of size and bulk with good in-stride balance, but lacks the loose hips to generate stop-and-go action that makes the initial tackler miss. He does have the body control to make adjustments to haul in the off-target throws, though. He shows adequate flexibility on the move, but does not have the timed speed and good movement ability to take the ball long distances. GRADE: 5.6
Football Sense: Dillard is a good student, having graduated last year. He has no problem recognizing coverage and does a good job of locating soft spots underneath. He needs just a few reps to retain, and has knowledge for playing any of the receiver positions, as he is good at converting and adjusting on the run. GRADE: 6.7
Character: If you talk to the football staff or teammates, they seem to be members of a school choir for the way they sing praises about Dillard's character. He gets good family support and has no known off-field issues. He is a personable type who likes to keep his teammates loose and is a role model for the younger players to emulate. He has good sports bloodlines, as his sister plays basketball in the WNBA. GRADE: 7.2
Competitiveness: For a player of his size, Dillard shows true courage sacrificing his body to make the catch in a crowd. He is an aggressive player who will bounce up quickly after taking a hit. He is certainly a liability as a blocker because of his small frame, but he never shows any hesitation in sacrificing his body when sticking his hat into the fray. GRADE: 6.4
Work Habits: Dillard will spend his extra hours watching film or working with the young quarterbacks after practice. He is a good practice player who puts on a nice game face. He is respected by his teammates for his leadership ability and tireless work ethic. The staff cites his intangibles as the reason his playing production outweighs his athletic ability. GRADE: 6.7
ATHLETIC REPORT: GRADE: 6.13
Release: Dillard needs to use an array of moves in order to get a clean release and avoid the hold-up. He has adequate upper-body strength and a compact frame. Unless he gets a clean release off the snap, he is defeated by the physical press. He has shorter than ideal arms to extend and push off the defender and lacks the strength to out-muscle the opponent. If he is left isolated wide, he can immediately challenge the deep secondary, but will be a liability trying to combat the bump-and-run. GRADE: 5.1
Acceleration: Dillard has better short-area quickness than on long patterns. He uses his hands well to escape pressure and has the ability to accelerate out of his breaks, but won't win too many long-distance races. He just does not have the timed speed to gain separation vs. a secondary player, but will have decent success vs. second-level opponents. He will never be a deep threat and if he does take the ball for the distance, it is more because of his moves, fakes and wiggle than his pure speed. While Dillard has a fearless nature going over the middle, he is too small and frail to combat for the ball in traffic at the NFL level and needs to bulk up. Playing underneath in the slot, he can ride up, but will get taken down by the initial tackle due to strength issues. On long routes, he can track and catch the ball, but lacks the burst to stretch the defense. He does not have good change-of-direction agility, but shows better movement to turn up field on screens and sideline routes than he does when attacking the seam. GRADE: 5.2
Quickness: Dillard is a dangerous route runner, especially when he gets a clean release off the snap. He does not have natural playing speed or explosion to separate, but when he stays low in his pads, he is more precise cutting and gaining separation. He is very good at using head and shoulder fakes to sell the route, but lacks suddenness in his plant-and-drive to simply explode in and out of his breaks. Once he accelerates past the line of scrimmage, he can get into a cornerback's cushion, thanks to his vision and ability to force the defender to commit to coming out of his backpedal too early. GRADE: 5.5
Route Running: Dillard shows very good balance in and out of his cuts, but lacks great explosion. It is rare to see him take soft angles in his routes. He is able to separate well, but even though he lacks timed speed, he gets most of his success here by how he is able to get clean in his breaks and crisp in his route progression (not the type who will drift). He is good at planting his foot and defining his cut to accelerate by the defender in the short area and does an adequate job of keeping his feet in bounds after the sideline reception.
Separation Ability: Dillard will never be able to power through tackles, but even with some hip stiffness, he has good moves and stop-and-go action to make second-level defenders miss (will get run down from behind by secondary opponents). He has adequate quickness and good awareness when trying to separate underneath, but fails to show the second gear to stretch the defense. He is much better when used in the slot on crosses, screens and bubble screens, as he doesn't have the speed to simply fly up the field. GRADE: 5.5
Ball Concentration: Dillard shows nimble feet remaining inbounds making the sideline grabs, but needs to be more alert to defenders closing on the ball, as he takes too many big hits. He has a good feel for pocket pressure, as he is quick working back to the ball. He will try to challenge for the ball in the crowd, displaying good timing and outstanding leaping agility, but gets ping-ponged too much over the middle. It is not like he hears the defender's footsteps, as he shows true courage in traffic, but does get knocked off his routes too easily. He is better served on short or controlled routes, where he can stay low in his cuts in attempts to find the holes in the zone. GRADE: 6.5
Ball Adjustment: Dillard excels with his ability to come back for the ball. He might have adequate speed, but he does a nice job of adjusting to throws and with his leaping ability, he is a solid "money player" getting to high throws well over his head. Even with throws that are out of reach for most receivers, he managed to glide and get under them. He has good balance and body control running with the ball. He shows no fear extending for the off-target throws (doesn't ever worry about the defenders closing on him). He has the leaping ability to make plays in the air and shows the athleticism and vision to take whatever the defenses will offer him. GRADE: 7.1
Leaping Ability: Dillard has very good timing and leaping ability, but because of size issues, you would think that he would struggle to compete for jump balls, but that is not the case. In the last three years, he has had only 20 passes deflected. While he is more comfortable when he is utilized catching the ball in stride, his ability to elevate and extend for the catch is better than most receivers in this draft. GRADE: 8.0
Hands: Dillard has natural hands as a catcher. He shows the body control and extension to catch away from his frame and is very confident in his hands, rarely using his body to absorb the ball. He has outstanding timing to get to the ball at the high point and attacks the ball with excellent aggression. GRADE: 7.3
Run After the Catch: Dillard's body control compensates for a lack of speed. He knows how to make things happen once he gets the ball in his hands, until that initial tackler gets a piece of him, and then the battle is over. He is not the type that can break tackles, and he does not have the pure speed or burst to pull away. It is his vision working in space that gets him most of his success. He will go down from the initial hit, but if given room to operate, he has the wiggle to accelerate. GRADE: 5.5
Blocking Ability: Dillard only lacks strength and size to face up as a blocker. He shows good angle concept to take on linebackers and cut block in the second level. At the line of scrimmage, while willing, his marginal strength will see defenders easily defeat his block. GRADE: 5.0
Compares To: WES WELKER, New England -- There may never be another Wes Welker, but both have a lot of similarities. Like Welker, Dillard gets more out of his field savvy, determination and team-first work ethic than his athletic abilities. There are bigger, faster and stronger receivers in bunches in this draft, but it really all comes down to production. For a guy of his short stature, he has probably the best leaping ability than any other player in this draft class. Put this kid in the slot and watch things happen.
OVERALL GRADE: 6.19
--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas
Dillard started 46-of-49 games, becoming the school's first player to receive postseason conference honors three consecutive seasons In 2009, he became the team's first All-America first-team choice since Buddy Dial in 1958 First player in Conference USA annals to register three straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons Set the NCAA career record with 60 touchdown catches, breaking the previous mark of 50 scoring grabs by Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech (1996-98) Caught at least one touchdown in 32 games, breaking the NCAA major college record of 27 games by Ryan Yarborough of Wyoming (1990-93) As a redshirt freshman, he had at least one touchdown in 13 consecutive games, topping the old NCAA mark of 12 contests that was held by both Randy Moss of Marshall (1997) and Larry Fitzgerald of Pittsburgh (2003) Holds the school career record and ranks second in Conference USA annals with 292 receptions (tied for ninth in NCAA history), topped only by Arnold Jackson of Louisville (300, 1997-2000) Set league and school career records with 4,138 yards receiving (ninth in the NCAA), surpassing the previous conference mark of 3,770 yards by Vincent Marshall of Houston (2003-06) His 60 touchdown catches shattered the old league all-time record of 35 by Roydell Williams of Tulane (2001-04) Gained 4,169 all-purpose yards, a Rice all-time record that ranks 11th in Conference USA history (fourth among receivers) Scored a school-record 360 points, which rank third in league annals behind Stephen Gostkowski of Memphis (369, 2002-05) and DeAngelo Williams of Memphis (362, 2002-05) His 60 touchdown grabs tied DeAngelo Williams of Memphis (2002-05) for the overall touchdown record in the league His 21 touchdowns in 2006 and 20 in 2008 are the most ever in a season by a Rice Owl or Conference USA receiver Grabbed 91 passes in 2006, setting the school season record while ranking behind Arnold Jackson of Louisville (101 in 1999) and JaJuan Dawson of Tulane (92 in 1999) on the Conference USA annual chart (note-James Casey broke that record with 111 catches in 2008) Holds three of the top four receiving yardage marks on the school season list with 1,057 yards in 2007; 1,274 in 2006 and 1,310 in 2008, topped by James Casey's 1,329 yards in 2008 His 1,310 yards rank fourth in league history, topped only by Donnie Avery of Houston (1,456 in 2007), Roddy White of Alabama-Birmingham (1,452 in 2004) and Johnnie Lee Higgins of Texas-El Paso (1,319 in 2006) His 21 touchdown catches in 2006, 20 in 2008 and 14 in 2006 hold the top three spots on the C-USA season-record list Dillard is the only player in college football history to produce two seasons with at least 20 touchdown catches Scored 126 points in 2006, another school season record that ranks fifth on the league annual record book His 13 receptions vs. Southern Methodist in 2007 rank second on the Owls game-record list, topped by David Houser (14 at Florida, 1976) Gained 171 yards receiving vs. Army in 2006, the third-best game by an Owl, topped only by David Houser (196 at Florida, 1976) and Doug Cunningham (175 at TCU, 1976) His four touchdown receptions vs. North Texas in 2008 set a school game record, breaking a mark of three scores that was held by several others, including by Dillard in seven other contests His 80-yard reception vs. Army in 2008 was the fourth-longest catch in school history behind Elliston Stinson (86 at Air Force, 1985), Ben Wiggins (82 at SMU, 2003) and Buddy Dial (81 vs. Stanford, 1957).
Became Rice's first Football Writers Association All-American since Buddy Dial in 1958, as he also earned first-team accolades from CBSSports.com, second-team accolades from The NFL Draft Report and Walter Camp and third-team recognition from Rivals.com Three-time first-team All-Conference USA selection, the first Owl to be a consensus pick for conference honors for three consecutive seasons Started all 13 games at the "X" receiver position, finishing second on the team with 87 receptions (6.69 rpg), as his 1,310 receiving yards (100.77 ypg) rank second to James Casey (1,329 in 2008) on the school season-record list Averaged 15.1 yards per catch, as his 20 touchdown catches placed second on the school and conference season-record chart Became the 10th player in college football history to gain over 4,000 receiving yards (4,138).
|2008 Game Analysis|
Southern Methodist Dillard opened the season in explosive fashion, scoring three times on seven receptions for 89 yards Midway through the second quarter, he capped an 11-play, 58-yard series with a 21-yard scoring grab In the third stanza, QB Chase Clement found Dillard with 9- and 8-yard touchdown tosses Record Watch: Dillard's three touchdown receptions vaulted him into a tie for third on the NCAA career list with Aaron Turner of Pacific. Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech holds the record with 50, while Darius Watts of Marshall is second with 47 The three touchdown receptions for Dillard matched his single-game record. He caught three scoring passes vs. Army (2005), UAB (2005), Tulsa (2005), SMU (2006) and Memphis (2007) Dillard extended his streak to 37 consecutive games with at least two receptions.
Memphis Dillard added eight catches for 66 yards, including a 5-yard score in the fourth quarter that finished off a 69-yard, 5-play drive to stake Rice to a 42-35 decision Record Watch: Dillard caught two straight passes late in the first half to run his streak of games with at least two catches to 38 games. It is the longest current streak of its kind in the nation. He has also caught at least one touchdown in 19 of his last 20 conference games With a fourth-quarter touchdown reception that started the Owls' comeback, Dillard has now scored 264 career points, surpassing Trevor Cobb as the Rice all-time leader. Cobb (1989-92) scored 26 career points. He also surpassed Cobb as the all-time leader with 44 career touchdowns.
Vanderbilt Tight end James Casey and Dillard each topped 100 receiving yards, while Chase Clement piled up 326 yards of total offense, but it wasn't enough to hold off a strong second half by Vanderbilt as the Commodores defeated the Owls 38-21 Dillard posted 105 yards on seven catches Early in the first quarter, Clement flipped a 26-yard touchdown to the "X" receiver Record Watch: Dillard extended his streak to 39 consecutive games with at least two receptions. He also hauled in his 37th career touchdown pass from Clement on a 26-yard scoring strike in the first quarter to give Rice a 7-0 edge. The Clement-Dillard duo is two scoring strikes away from equaling an NCAA record held by Tim Rattay and Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech The touchdown reception was Dillard's 45th of his career. He is two scores away from tying Darius Watts of Marshall for second place in the NCAA record book. It also marked the San Antonio native's 10th career 100-yard receiving game and first of the 2008 season.
Texas Dillard led Rice with 158 yards and nine receptions, including one touchdown Late in the third stanza, he caught a 15-yard swing pass for a score Record Watch: Dillard ran his streak of catching at least two passes to 40 games. It is the longest current streak of its kind in the nation With 158 receiving yards, Dillard had 100-plus receiving yards for the second time this season and the 11th time for his career With 2:04 to play in the third quarter, Chase Clement hooked up with Jarett Dillard for a 15-yard touchdown pass. The play was the San Antonio duo's 38th all-time touchdown pass combination. The play left the duo one shy of the NCAA record of 39 set by Tim Rattay and Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech Dillard now has 46 career touchdown receptions. He needs one more TD reception to tie Marshall's Darius Watts for second and four to match the NCAA career mark set by Louisiana Tech's Edwards.
North Texas Chase Clement and Dillard established one NCAA record, while Dillard tied a second to highlight a record-setting night as Rice blasted North Texas 77-20 at Rice Stadium on Saturday. The "X" receiver finished the night with a school-record four touchdown catches, which also matched the C-USA record, and his final score of the night, a four-yarder from Clement just before halftime, allowed him to tie Troy Edwards for the NCAA career record for touchdown receptions with 50. He caught eight passes and topped 100 yards for the third consecutive game, finishing with 114 yards Dillard and Clement's record-setting touchdown pass closed out the flurry of first-half points to give the Owls a 56-20 lead at the half. With 7:06 remaining in the first quarter, Clement found WR Jarett Dillard for a 3-yard touchdown pass. It was the San Antonio duo's 39th all-time touchdown pass combination and matched an NCAA record held by Louisiana Tech's Tim Rattay and Troy Edwards (1997-98) along with Hawaii's Colt Brennan and Davone Bess (2005-07) With 14:52 left in the second quarter, receiver Jeramy Goodson connected with Dillard for a 30-yard touchdown. It snapped a streak of 21 consecutive touchdowns for Dillard received by Clement. The last time that Dillard caught a touchdown pass from someone other than Clement was in the fourth quarter of the 2007 New Orleans Bowl from QB Joel Armstrong Clement and Dillard went on to set the NCAA record later at the 4:40 mark of the second quarter hooking up on an 18-yard pass. The duo added a third touchdown right before halftime for their 41st career connection Record Watch: His four touchdown receptions also set a school record in addition to equaling a C-USA single-game mark held by Louisville's Lavell Boyd vs. Houston on Oct. 23, 1999 The four touchdown receptions also allowed Dillard to equal the NCAA mark with 50 career touchdown receptions. He passed Marshall's Darius Watts and tied Louisiana Tech's Troy Edwards.
Tulsa Dillard added another NCAA career record to his glittering resume and Chase Clement threw for a season-high 321 yards, but Tulsa exploded for 42 second-half points to take a 63-28 decision over the Owls in Tulsa. The receiver delivered 142 yards on seven grabs Clement found Dillard in the right end zone on a 25-yard scoring pass to knot the game at 14-14 with 3:06 to go in the first half to break the NCAA career record for touchdown receptions, but the Golden Hurricane came right back to score just before the half, and then scored a pair of touchdowns in the first five minutes of the second half to take control of the game His touchdown catch raised his season total to 11, tops the nation this year, and three touchdowns better than his pace in 2006 when he finished the season with 21 Record Watch: The touchdown connection between Clement and Dillard extended their NCAA record for most touchdown passed by a duo to 42, and it was Dillard's 32nd game with a touchdown pass, also an NCAA mark With 3:06 to play in the first half, Jarett Dillard caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Chase Clement. The pass reception was Dillard's 51st touchdown reception, breaking the NCAA record of 50 scoring receptions he shared with Troy Edwards of Louisiana Tech. The Clement-Dillard tandem raised their NCAA record for touchdown passes by a duo to 42 Dillard also passed Tulane's JaJuan Dawson to move to third on the Conference USA all-time catches list. Dillard, who was previous tied with Dawson with 236, now has 243. Houston's Vincent Marshall is second on the list with 272. Dillard also passed Houston's Donnie Avery (3,289 yards) to move into third on the C-USA all-time receiving yard list. Dillard now has 3,389 yards.
Southern Mississippi Dillard caught three of Chase Clement's six touchdown passes to raise their NCAA record for career touchdown passes by a duo to 45 and his own NCAA career mark for touchdown receptions to 54. He finished the day with seven catches for 141 yards, his fifth straight game with more than 100 yards receiving Dillard and Clement connected for the first time on the Owls first drive of the day, a 17-yard scoring strike with 10:11 left in the first quarter. They teamed up again at the start of the third quarter on a 51-yard combination, Dillard's longest since he caught a 65-yarder at Tulsa in 2006 Dixon added a 28-yarder less than a minute later after Rice recovered an USM fumble to give the Owls a 31-12 lead early in the third Record Watch: Dillard also has caught at least two passes in all 43 career appearances Dillard now has 258 career receptions and is 14 away from tying Houston's Vincent Marshall (2003-06) for second place on the C-USA list. He also moves within 28 yards of Louisville's Arnold Jackson (1997-2000) for second place on the C-USA list.
Tulane In his quietest day of the season, Dillard had just four catches for 41 yards.
Texas-El Paso Chase Clement threw for 372 yards and five scores, while Dillard delivered the key catches as the Rice Owls reached bowl eligibility with a 49-44 win. The receiver caught eight passes for 93 yards to break the C-USA career record for receiving yards, finishing the game with 3,777. He and Clement connected on one scoring pass, to extend their NCAA mark for scoring passes by a duo to 46, as well as his career mark for touchdown receptions (55) and games with a touchdown catch (34) Record Watch: Dillard has caught at least two passes in all 45 career appearances. He hauled in a six-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter from Clement to extend their NCAA record to 46 career connections Dillard also moved his NCAA record to 55 career touchdown grabs. He is now five scores away from tying Memphis' DeAngelo Williams (2002-05) for the overall C-USA touchdown record Dillard finished with 93 yards on eight catches. He vaulted past Houston's Vincent Marshall (2003-06) for first place on the C-USA career receiving yards list. Dillard now has 3,776 receiving yards on 270 career catches. He moves to within two catches of Marshall for second place on the C-USA receptions list.
Army Dillard caught a pair of touchdown passes, including a career-best, 80-yard strike from Clement and became the 13th player in NCAA history to top 1,000 yards in receiving in three consecutive seasons, as he collected 144 yards on four grabs In the second quarter, Clement and Dillard took advantage to hook up on the longest connection of their incredible career's together, an 80-yard touchdown pass to push the Owls lead to 17-7 and allow Clement to tie the conference TD pass record. Fittingly, the pair combined to set the record later in the quarter on a 10-yard pass Record Watch: The two touchdown passes for the duo ran their NCAA record for a passing duo to 48 touchdown passes, while Dillard extended his NCAA record for touchdown receptions to 57 Dillard has caught at least two passes in all 46 career appearances Moved his NCAA record to 57 career touchdown receptions. He is now three scores away from tying Memphis' DeAngelo Williams (2002-05) for the overall C-USA touchdown record Vaulted past Louisiana Tech's Chad Mackey (1993-96), Texas' Roy Williams (2000-03), Marshall's Josh Davis (2001-04) and Hawaii's Jason Rivers (2003-04, 2006-07) for 13th place on all-time NCAA receiving list. He is three yards shy of Oregon State's Mike Hass for the No. 12 slot Dillard now has 3,921 receiving yards on 274 catches. He moved into second place surpassing Houston's Vincent Marshall (2003-06) on the C-USA receptions list and is 26 catches away from equaling Louisville's Arnold Jackson (1997-2000) for the top spot.
Marshall Chase Clement threw for four touchdowns and ran for a fifth to smash the C-USA career record for total touchdowns and he teamed with Jarett Dillard for a pair of touchdown passes to extend their NCAA record for a passing duo to 50 career scoring passes. The receiver caught seven passes to erase Dillard's name from the Rice record book with his 92 catches this season Record Watch: Dillard became the 10th player in NCAA history to reach 4,000 yards of career receptions and moved into a tie with the legendary Glenn Davis of Army for 14th on the NCAA career scoring list. Dillard now has scored 354 career points, and he is one touchdown away from tying the C-USA career mark for touchdowns (60).
Houston Houston's game plan was focused on stopping Dillard, as the held him to four catches for 43 yards Record Watch: Dillard now has 4,052 receiving yards on 284 catches. He moved into ninth place on the NCAA career list for receiving yards. He is also 16 catches away from equaling Louisville's Arnold Jackson (1997-2000) for the top spot at 300.
Western Michigan (Texas Bowl) Chase Clement threw three touchdown passes, ran for a score and caught a touchdown pass from Dillard to lead the Owls to a 38-14 win, as his favorite target closed out his career with 86 yards on eight receptions vs. Western Michigan at Reliant Stadium Rice converted a fourth down from the Broncos 25. Then, Clement passed to Dillard, who threw back to a wide-open Clement for a touchdown and a 31-0 lead. It was Dillard's first career completion and the 51st touchdown produced by the duo, but the first with the roles reversed. "I was just surprised at how well we were executing," Dillard said. "With everything that happened, it was just a team effort and we really stepped out on the field and played as one." Record Watch: Dillard caught his nation-leading 20th touchdown of the season. He finished his Rice career with 60 career touchdown catches, an NCAA record by 10, and also tied former Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams' Conference USA record for career touchdowns Dillard caught at least two passes in all 49 career appearances Dillard grabbed his 20th touchdown of the season. He is the first player in NCAA history to tally two seasons with 20 or more touchdowns With his touchdown, Dillard moved into 11th place on the NCAA's all-time scoring list with 360 points Dillard finished his career with 4,138 receiving yards on 292 catches to rank ninth on the NCAA career list for receiving yards. He finished in a tie for ninth among the NCAA's career reception leaders and was eight catches away from equaling Louisville's Arnold Jackson (1997-2000) for the top spot in C-USA at 300.
Sports Illustrated All-America honorable mention All-Conference USA first-team pick Started all 12 games at "X" receiver, ranking second in the league with 6.58 receptions and third with 88.08 yards receiving per game Led the team with 79 catches for 1,057 yards (13.4 avg.) and 14 touchdowns Scored at least once in eight games and produced three 100-yard receiving performances Scored 88 points, an average of 7.0 points per game.
|2007 Game Analysis|
Saw his consecutive games with a touchdown reception end in the opener vs. Nicholls, as he was held to 41 yards on five catches Held to a career-low 14 yards on two grabs vs. Southern Mississippi, but made them productive, catching a pair of 7-yard touchdowns Bounced back with seven catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns at Houston, starting a second half surge that saw him catch 58 passes for 789 yards and 11 touchdowns over the final seven games Gained 93 yards on five catches vs. Baylor and 90 yards with a score on six receptions vs. Texas Tech Tied his own career best vs. Memphis, catching three touchdown passes, the fifth time in his career, and the seventh time in Rice history that a receiver caught three scores in a game, as he totaled 85 yards on five grabs Held out of the end zone at Marshall, but caught seven passes for 99 yards Matched his career high with 11 catches vs. Texas-El Paso, good for 168 yards and two touchdowns. His first catch vs. the Miners allowed him to become the Owls career leader in receiving yardage Established a career high with 13 catches vs. Southern Methodist, which allowed him to break the Owls career reception mark, as he finished the day with 124 yards and a pair of touchdowns Made nine receptions for 87 yards and two more scores in the Tulane game Closed out the season with six catches for 89 yards and a touchdown vs. Tulsa.
All-America first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report and ESPN, earning second-team honors from The Walter Camp Foundation, Associated Press, The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated Was the Owls' first All American since Charles Torrello in 1997 and the first Rice receiver to be honored since Buddy Dial in 1958 Became Rice's first finalist for a major individual postseason award since Trevor Cobb won the Doak Walker Award in 1991, as he was one of three vying for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver Broke the NCAA record for consecutive games in a season with the touchdown reception (thirteen) when he caught a 1-yard scoring pass from Joel Armstrong in the fourth quarter of the New Orleans Bowl Ranked fifth in the nation with 7.00 receptions and eighth with 95.92 receiving yards per game Set a then-school season record with 91 receptions and another mark that was later broken with 1,274 yards (13.7 avg.), becoming the first player in school history to gain over 1,000 yards receiving in a season Led the nation as he set school and league annual records with 21 touchdown catches Rushed twice for 5 yards, recorded a solo tackle vs. Tulane and returned a kickoff 33 yards vs. Southern Methodist.
|2006 Game Analysis|
Tied the school mark by catching three touchdown passes in a game, doing so in four different games (Army, Alabama-Birmingham, Tulsa and Southern Methodist) Posted six games of more than 100 yards receiving, including a high of 171 vs. Army (third best in school history) Three of Rice's six straight wins to close the season came on the final offensive play of the game and Dillard was responsible for all three Caught the game-winner vs. UAB with three seconds left to start the winning streak Caught the game-winner in the second overtime to beat Tulsa Accounted for 51 of the 54 yards the Owls drove in the last minute to set up Clark Fangmeier's winning field goal with three seconds left vs. UAB During the Owls' six-game winning streak to earn their first bowl berth, Dillard caught 35 passes for 604 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Played in all 11 games with eight starts at split end Led the team with 35 catches for 524 yards (15.0 avg.) and five touchdowns to earn All-Conference USA freshman honors The 35 catches were the most by any Owl during Ken Hatfield's 12 seasons as the Rice coach Had at least two catches in each game.
|2005 Game Analysis|
Had season highs of six catches and 96 yards in the season finale at Houston Had five catches of at least 30 yards, topped by a 51-yard touchdown connection with Chase Clement at Houston Had one rushing attempt for a seven-yard loss vs. Texas.
Redshirted as a freshman.
No major injuries reported by missed the bulk of the 2007 Texas game (9/22) with an undisclosed injury.
Combine: 4.52 in the 40-yard dash 1.50 10-yard dash 2.57 20-yard dash 4.41 20-yard shuttle 7.10 three-cone drill 42.5-inch vertical jump 10'9" broad jump Bench presses 225 pounds 13 times 30 7/8-inch arm length 8 1/8-inch hands.
Attended Sam Houston (San Antonio, Texas) High School, playing football for head coach Russell Tatum Two-time All-District 28-4A selection at wide receiver, adding all-area honors as a senior, in addition to being named Academic all-state selection Helped the Sam Houston basketball team reach the Class 4A state tournament in 2003 Competed in the regional track meet in both hurdles events that year Graduated first in his class and was a member of the National Honor Society while also serving as a class officer.
Graduated in May 2008 with a degree in Political Science Son of Robin and Porter Dillard Sister, Tai, was a standout basketball player at the University of Texas and is presently playing with San Antonio in the WNBA Born Jarett Juma Porter Dillard on 12/21/85 in San Antonio, Texas.
04/28/2009 - The Jaguars drafted receivers Mike Thomas (Arizona) and Jarett Dillard (Rice) with their fourth- and fifth-round picks respectively. The two players both played their high school ball in Texas, but never met until several months ago when they became teammates in the East-West Shrine game. "We were actually teammates at the game. It's crazy how we're both going to the same place now," Dillard said. "I'm going to call him as soon as I settle down later on today and say 'hey, we're competing.'" When asked who had a better game in the all-star game, Dillard replied, "I think I did but I you ask him, he'll say he did. But that's just two competitors," he said with a laugh. "I believe he did catch more passes though." Dillard has a sister, Tai, who was a standout basketball player at Texas and played with San Antonio in the WNBA. When asked who's the better athlete in the family, Dillard said, "It was her and then it was me for a while, but I think my little brother is about to get the throne on the better athlete. He's going to be tall. I guess all younger brothers are taller than the big brothers."