TAMPA, FL - May 13, 2021 - Wide Receiver Jaelon Darden #1 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers headshot taken at AdventHealth Training Center. Photo By Kyle Zedaker/Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jaelon Darden

WR

#1

Experience: R

Height: 5-8

Age: 22

Weight: 174 lbs

College: North Texas

2021 SEASON

  • REC
    6
  • YDS
    43
  • AVG
    7.2
  • TDS
    0
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WK OPP RESULT REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LOST
12 @Colts W 38 - 31
11 Giants W 30 - 10 1 3 3 3 0
10 @Football Team L 19 - 29 1 29 29 29 0
8 @Saints L 27 - 36 3 11 3.7 8 0
7 Bears W 38 - 3 0 0 0 1 11 11 11 0
6 @Eagles W 28 - 22
5 Dolphins W 45 - 17
4 @Patriots W 19 - 17
3 @Rams L 24 - 34 1 0 0 0 0
2 Falcons W 48 - 25
1 Cowboys W 31 - 29

Career Stats

WRTE Career

SEASON TEAM G GS REC YDS AVG LNG TD ATT YDS AVG LNG TD FUM LOST
2021 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 0 6 43 7.2 29 0 1 11 11 11 0
TOTAL 6 0 6 43 7.2 29 0 1 11 11 11 0 0 0

Biography

Finished his career as the program's all‐time leader in career receptions (230), receiving yards (2,782) and receiving touchdowns (38), is the program record holder for single‐season receiving touchdowns (19 in 2020), ranks second in total (receiving/rushing/returns) career touchdowns (39) and second in single‐ season receiving yards (1,190 in 2020). Had nine career multi‐touchdown games and six career three‐ touchdown games, with four coming in 2020.

Named a finalist for the 2020 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and a semifinalist for the 2020 Biletnikoff Award

Ranked second in the nation in receiving touchdowns (19), third in receiving yards (1,190) and fourth in receptions (74) during the 2020 season ‐ as of 1/4/2021 ‐

2020:
Named an ESPN All‐American
Named a First Team All‐American by Pro Football Focus and the Football Writers Association of America
 Named a Second Team All‐American by the Associated Press, Sporting News, the American Football Coaches Association and The Athletic
Named the Conference USA Most Valuable Player and earned First Team All‐Conference Honors
Named the Pro Football Focus Conference USA Player of the Year

Named the Dave Campbell's Texas Football Texas College Offensive Player of the Year
Preseason Conference USA selection
On the preseason watch list for the Maxwell, Biletnikoff and Tyler Campbell Rose awards while also featured on the Reese's Senior Bowl Top 250 list
Finished with 74 catches for 1,190 yards and 19 touchdowns, all team highs, while starting all nine games this season
Had team‐highs with eight catches for 173 yards and a career‐high four touchdowns (the ninth multi‐ touchdown game of his career), became the program leader in career receptions (230) and receiving yards (2,782) while also taking over second‐place all‐time in single season receiving yards with 1,190 and total career touchdowns (rushing/receiving/returns) with 39 in the win vs. UTEP on 12/11
Named the Conference USA Co‐Offensive Player of the Week after having team‐highs with eight catches for 135 yards and three touchdowns (the fifth three‐touchdown game of his career) and becoming the program leader in career touchdown catches (34) and single‐season touchdowns (15) vs. Louisiana Tech on 12/3
Had a team‐high eight catches for 143 yards and a touchdown (which tied the career program record) at UTSA on 11/28
Had a team‐high four catches for 50 yards and a touchdown (the 30th of his career) in the win vs. Rice on 11/21

2019:
Had 76 receptions for 736 yards and 12 touchdowns, all of which lead the Mean Green along with two carries for 13 yards while starting all 12 games and was a first‐team all‐conference selection
Caught 10 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown vs. UAB on 11/30
Had one catch and returned four punts for 36 yards at Rice on 11/23
Caught six passes for 16 yards at Louisiana Tech on 11/9
Had six catches for sixty yards and tied his career‐high with three touchdowns in the win vs. UTEP on 11/2
Caught five passes for 104 yards and a touchdown at Charlotte on 10/26
Had a career‐high 13 catches for 125 yards and a touchdown in the win vs. Middle Tennessee on 10/19

Caught five passes for a team‐high 87 yards and a career‐high three touchdowns at Southern Miss on 10/12
Caught eight passes for 43 yards and returned one punt for 15 yards vs. Houston on 9/28
Caught four passes for 27 yards and a touchdown and returned one punt for 13 yards in the win vs. UTSA on 9/21
Caught two passes for 75 yards and a touchdown and rushed once for eight yards at California on 9/14 • Caught six passes for 59 yards and a touchdown at SMU on 9/7
Had a team‐high 10 catches for 59 yards and returned three punts for 25 yards in the season‐opening win vs. Abilene Christian on 8/31

2018:
Had 48 catches for 575 yards and four touchdowns to go along with three carries for 16 yards in 13 games, five of which were starts
Had two catches for eight yards in the New Mexico Bowl vs. Utah State on 12/15
Made three catches for 17 yards on 11/24 at UTSA in the win
Caught three passes for four yards in the win vs. Florida Atlantic on 11/15
Had four catches for 29 yards on 11/10 at Old Dominion

Made one catch for 19 yards in the win vs. Rice on 10/27
Caught a career high 10 passes for 143 yards and two scores, also career highs, on 10/20 at UAB
Had three catches for 21 yards vs. Southern Miss in the win on 10/13
Made five catches for 91 yards and a touchdown on 10/6 in the win at UTEP
Caught four passes for 65 yards and a touchdown in the win at Liberty on 9/22
Had five catches for 87 yards on 9/15 in the win at Arkansas
Made two catches for 10 yards and averaged 20.3 yards per punt return on three attempts in the win vs. Incarnate Word on 9/8
Caught six passes for 81 yards, in the win on 9/1 vs. SMU to open his sophomore season

2017:
Finished with 32 catches for 281 yards with three touchdowns in 14 appearances
Made two catches for 16 yards in the C‐USA Championship Game at Florida Atlantic on 12/2

Named C‐USA Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a punt 81 yards for a score and caught three passes for 22 yards at Rice in the win on 11/25
Had two grabs for 19 yards in the win vs. Army West Point on 11/18
Caught five passes for 11 yards and two touchdowns vs. UTEP on 11/11

Made three catches for 33 yards on 11/4 at La Tech
Had one catch for 18 yards in the win vs. Old Dominion on 10/28
Made four catches for 40 yards on 10/21 at Florida Atlantic
Had four catches for 25 yards, one carry for one yard and a pair of kickoff returns for 47 yards on 10/14 vs. UTSA in a win
Returned two punts, with a long of 12 yards on 9/23 in a win vs. UAB
Had three catches for 30 yards at Iowa on 9/16
Recorded 154 all‐purpose yards on 9/9 at SMU, catching five passes for 67 yards and the first touchdown of his career
Made collegiate debut and returned a kickoff for 29 yards vs. Lamar on 9/2

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