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#21 Jaelen Strong
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 215
Year: Redshirt Junior
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
High School: West Philadelphia Catholic
Experience: 1 Letter

 

 

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Overview: 

  • Strong added to breakout campaign in his first season as a Sun Devil with an even better second year.
  • His size, strength, and soft hands combined with the ability to control his body made him one of the most dominant wide receivers in the country.

  • With each jaw-dropping grab, Strong garnered national attention.

  • Strong elected to forgo his senior season at Arizona State to enter the 2015 NFL Draft. 

Redshirt Junior (2014): 

  • Recorded 82 receptions this season, good for third in the Arizona State record books for a single season effort.
  • His 1,165 yards receiving this year places him fifth for single season yardage marks as a Sun Devil.

  • Strong recorded 157 catches over the span of his two years at ASU, which ranks him fifth in that category.

  • Finished with 10 touchdowns this year.

  • Phil Steele All-Pac-12 (First Team), Phil Steele All-American (Third Team), Sporting News All-American (Second team), Sports Illustrated All-American (Second Team), CBS Sports All-American (Second Team), ESPN.com All-American, Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist, All-Pac-12 First Team

  • Opened the season with 10 catches for 146 yards in just a half of action against Weber State (8/28) 
  • Caught his first touchdown reception of the year against UNM (9/6) and finished the game with 43 yards on three catches 
  • Led all ASU receivers with 77 yards on six grabs with a touchdown against Colorado (9/13) 
  • Tied a career high with 12 receptions for a season-high 146 yards against UCLA (9/25) 
  • Has nine 100+ yard receiving games in his career, third-most in ASU history behind only Derek Hagan (18) and Shaun McDonald (13) 
  • Grabbed 10 balls for 202 yards and three touchdowns, including a game-winning Hail Mary reception against USC (10/4) 
  • Had eight catches for 75 yards and a touchdown against Stanford (10/18)
  • Had a touchdown catch in his third consecutive game against Washington (10/25) and finished with 55 total yards
  • Made it four straight games with a touchdown reception against Utah (11/1), finishing with five catches for 77 yards in addition
  • Had a touchdown grab for the fifth straight game against Notre Dame (11/8), finishing with five catches for 58 yards
  • Posted his 11th career 100-yard game with 103 yards on nine receptions against Oregon State (11/15)
  • After sitting out of the Washington State game, Strong posted a four catch, 80-yard performance in Tucson including a touchdown.

  • In his final game as a Sun Devil, he caught seven passes from Taylor Kelly for 103 yards in the win over Duke at the Sun Bowl. 

Redshirt Sophomore (2013): 

  • Had a breakout first year as a Sun Devil recording 75 receptions for 1,122 yards and seven touchdowns on his way to Second-Team All-Pac-12 Honors.
  • Phil Steele First Team All-Pac-12 member.

  • Named a preseason candidate for the Biletnikoff Award (nation’s most outstanding receiver) and the Maxwell Award (America's College Player of the Year) Watch Lists. 

  • Led ASU in receiving yards while becoming the John Jefferson Outstanding Receiver Award winner.

  • Announced to College Football News Second Team Sophomore All-America.

  • Had five consecutive 100+ yard games in his first six starts.

  • Became the first wide receiver in ASU history to accomplish more than one 100+ yard games in his first four starts, doing so three times in that span.

  • Finished with seven 100+ yard receiving games on the season.

  • Sits in fifth on ASU’s all-time single season receptions list after just 14 games…Had a total of 47 receptions result in a first down.

  • Accounted for 29 explosive plays (receptions over 16 yards and rushes over 12 yards), second-highest on the team.

  • Aided the offense to score 91.3 percent of the time against FBS opponents in the red zone, sixth nationally.

  • Part of a historic ASU offense which finished 10th nationally at 39.7 points per game and scored 556 total points, just six points behind the 1972 school record.

  • Had his seventh 100+ yard receiving game of the season against Arizona (11/30) with four receptions for 142 yards and a touchdown.

  • Had his sixth 100+ yard game against Oregon State (11/16), logging seven catches for 106 yards.

  • Needed just three catches against Colorado (10/12) to eclipse 100 yards, finishing with 109 in the game with a touchdown.

  • Had eight grabs for 136 yards and a touchdown against Notre Dame (10/5).

  • Had 12 receptions and 168 yards, both career-highs, against Stanford (9/21) and his 168 yards receiving were the fifth-most in a single game in the Pac- 12 Conference this season.

  • Led team in receiving yards with 104 in his second career appearance for ASU against Wisconsin (9/14).

  • Led the team in receiving in his first career actions with six receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown against Sacramento State.

  • His 24-yard touchdown grab came with a defender draped over his back as pass interference was being called.

Pierce College:

  • One of the nation's most productive junior college wide receivers.

  • Regarded as a four-star prospect by ESPN.

  • Rated by ESPN as the No. 15 overall junior college prospect in the country and the nation's No. 5 junior college wide receiver recruit.

  • Listed by Rivals.com as the No. 49 overall junior college prospect in the country and the nation's No. 8 wide receiver recruit.

  • Caught 67 passes for 1,263 yards with 15 touchdowns in 10 games in 2012.

  • Joins junior college teammate Joseph Morris as members of ASU's 2013 class.

  • Sat out in 2011 and will have four years to play three at ASU starting in 2013.

  • Chose ASU over reported scholarship offers from Arizona, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kansas, Miami, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Oregon State, Purdue, South Carolina and Texas Tech.

  • Coached by Efrain Martinez at Pierce College.

  • Verbally committed to ASU on Christmas Day 2012.

High School:

  • Graduated from West Philadelphia (Pa.) Catholic High School in 2011 and had scholarship offers from Eastern Michigan, Villanova and VMI before opting to attend Pierce College.

  • Had team-highs of 17 receptions for 318 yards and four touchdowns as a senior.

  • Had a season-high 109 yards on three receptions with two touchdowns against Philadelphia (Pa.) Archbishop Ryan on Oct. 2, 2010.

  • Caught 24 passes for 385 yards with four touchdowns as a junior in 2009.

  • Posted season-bests of five receptions for 92 yards with a touchdown against Wyndmoor (Pa.) La Salle College High School on Sept. 18, 2009.

  • Coached by Brian Fluck at West Catholic.
RECEIVING G REC YARDS
TD
LONG
REC/G
YPC
AVG/G
2013 6 75 1122 7 69 15.0 16.1 80.1
TOTAL 17 72 1122 4 69 15.0 16.1 80.1
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