Football’s Strong Named To CBS Sports All-America Team
TEMPE, Ariz. – Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong has been named a CBS Sports Second Team All-American, the media outlet announced Wednesday night.
Strong leads the team with 75 catches for 1,062 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He ranks in the top 17 in the nation and top five in the Pac-12 in receiving yards and touchdowns, and receiving yards and receptions per game.
A semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award and a First Team All-Pac-12 honoree, Strong is averaging 96.5 yards per game in 2014 and 87.4 in his career, which is more than nine yards higher than the school’s current record holder.
He recorded 202 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 10 receptions, including the game-winning Hail Mary catch, against USC, and tied his career high with 12 receptions against UCLA to become the first receiver in school history with 12 or more catches in two games. He also became the first Sun Devil since Keith Poole in 1996 to catch a touchdown pass in five consecutive games during a stretch from Oct. 4 to Nov. 8.
He has 2,184 career receiving yards, the eighth most in school history, and is just the third receiver in school history to cross the 1,000-yard mark in consecutive seasons. His 150 career receptions rank seventh in school history and he currently holds the fifth spot on the school’s list for most receptions in a single season.
Strong has four 100-yard receiving games this season and 11 in his career, which ranks as the third most in school history behind Shaun McDonald (12) and Derek Hagan (18).
He has 17 touchdown catches in his two-year career and is just the 10th receiver in school history to record double-digit touchdown receptions in a single season.
Strong led the team with 75 receptions and 1,122 receiving yards in 2013 en route to Second Team All-Pac-12 honors. He finished the season with seven 100-plus yard games and played a major part in the Devils’ historic offense, which finished 10th nationally at 39.7 points per game and scored 556 total points, just six points behind the 1972 school record.