Football’s Strong Nabs Fourth All-American Honor

TEMPE – Arizona State University redshirt junior wide receiver Jaelen Strong has been named a Sporting News All-American, the publication announced Wednesday.

Strong, one of two wide receivers on the second team, has garnered a spot on four All-American teams and was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award.

Strong’s 2014 Accolades
Sporting News All-American (2nd team)
Sports Illustrated All-American (2nd team)
CBS Sports All-American (2nd team)
ESPN.com All-American
Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist
All-Pac-12 First Team
Walter Camp Player of the Week (Oct. 4)

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 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 was recently named to the CBS Sports All-America team as well.

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 rank 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. 

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