8 Days: A Look Back At Jason Avant

With only eight days away until the 2016 Michigan football season begins, we look back at wide receiver standout, Jason Avant. The Chicago native had an impressive career at all three levels. Below are his highlights and achievements:

High School 

  • Avant attended Carver Military Academy in Chicago, Illinois, graduating in 2002. He spent his freshman year of high school in Decatur, IL at MacArthur High School (Decatur, Illinois).
  • While in high school, Avant played both on defense, as a free safety, and offense, as a wide receiver.
  • He set school records for receptions (148), receiving yards (2,150), touchdowns (37), and interceptions (18).
  • After his senior season, he was named a High School All-American at free safety.
  • He played in the 2002 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

College

  • As a sophomore, he emerged as the Wolverines’ number-two receiver, behind Braylon Edwards.
  • During his sophomore season in 2003, Avant caught 47 passes for 772 yards.
  • As a junior he was the team’s second leading receiver.
  • In his senior year, Avant led the team in receptions (82), receiving yards (1,007), and receiving touchdowns (eight).
  • In his final two seasons, Avant was named as a candidate for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation’s top receiver.
  • After his senior season, he was named an honorable mention All-American and was given the Bo Schembechler Award as Michigan’s most valuable player.

NFL

  • Avant was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • The Eagles traded a sixth round draft pick and tackle Artis Hicks to the Minnesota Vikings for the pick used to take Avant.
  • As a part of the Eagles crowded receiving corps, he saw limited playing time with the offense in his rookie season. He had his best performance—four receptions for forty yards and one touchdown—in the final game of the season, while the Eagles rested their starters for the playoffs.
  • After the 2009 season, in which he set new career-highs in all three categories with 41 receptions for 587 yards and 3 touchdowns, Avant was named to the USA Today All-Joe Team for his stellar play in the slot position. 32 of Avant’s 37 catches on third down resulted in a first down.
  • He re-signed to a five-year contract on March 8, 2010. He was named the Eagles’ Ed Block Courage Award recipient for 2010.
  • On April 7, 2014, Avant signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers. In week 2 against the Detroit Lions, Avant scored his first touchdown with the Panthers in a 24-7 win, finishing the game with five catches for 54 yards as well. It was Cam Newton’s first touchdown pass of the season as he had not played in week 1.
  • Avant signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on November 21, 2014, reuniting him with his former Eagles coach Andy Reid.
  • He finished the 2014 season with 34 receptions, 352 yards and only 1 TD. On March 13, 2015 he re-signed with the Chiefs.
  • In Avant’s 2015 season he recorded only 15 catches for 119 yards for zero touchdowns. Avant was held without a catch 9 out of the 16 games he played. Avant had his best game of the season in a Divisional Playoff loss to the New England Patriots, having 4 receptions for 69 yards.

Go Blue!

David Noe