Justin Carl Blackmon (born January 9, 1990) is an American football
wide receiver for the
Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football
League (NFL). He played college football at Oklahoma State, where he
was recognized as a consensus
All-American twice. He was drafted by
the Jaguars fifth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. After playing a
full rookie season with the Jaguars, he was suspended for the first
four games of 2013 for violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy.
He was suspended indefinitely for another violation in November 2013,
and has not played a game since.
1 Early years
2 College career
2.1 College statistics
3 Professional career
3.1 2012 NFL Draft
3.2 Jacksonville Jaguars
3.2.1 2012 season
3.2.2 2013 season and suspension
3.3 Career statistics
4 See also
6 External links
Blackmon was born in Oceanside, California. He attended Plainview High
School in Ardmore, Oklahoma, where he was a four-sport star in
football, basketball, baseball and track. In football, he earned
SuperPrep All-America honors as a senior after receiving 61 passes for
1,547 yards with 14 touchdowns, rushing for 152 rushing yards with two
scores and returning four interceptions for touchdowns, leading his
team to a 12–1 record. In basketball, he was the conference MVP as a
Blackmon also lettered once in track & field. At the 2008 Oklahoma
State T&F Championships, he captured the state title in the long
jump with a leap of 7.01 meters (22 ft, 10 in), while also
placing second in the high jump event, with a leap of 1.98 meters
(6 ft, 6 in). After spending the summer working on his
400-meter dash technique, he was challenged by his coach to run under
50 seconds, and he was clocked at 49.2.
Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Blackmon was listed as
the No. 91 wide receiver prospect in the class of 2008. Colorado
and Missouri were among the programs seeking his signature.
Blackmon received an athletic scholarship to attend Oklahoma State
University, where he played for coach Mike Gundy's Oklahoma State
Cowboys football team from 2008 to 2011. He was redshirted as a true
freshman in 2008, and quickly earned a starting position in 2009. He
was named the 2010 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, the first
receiver to earn the honor. He was awarded the Fred Biletnikoff
Award as the nation's top receiver, and was recognized as a
consensus first-team All-American. Blackmon also holds the NCAA
records for most consecutive games gaining 100 yards or more and most
games gaining 200 yards or more. Statistically, Blackmon caught 111
passes for 1,782 yards and 20 touchdowns in 12 games during the 2010
season and also added a pair of scores with a 69-yard run and a
blocked punt return. This performance earned him the 15th-best season
in NCAA history.
Blackmon in 2011
Blackmon finished the 2011 regular season with 121 catches for 1,522
yards and 18 touchdowns. He led the Big 12 in receiving and ranked
second nationally in both receptions per game and total receptions.
His 15 touchdown catches led the league and represented the
third-highest total in the nation. Following his 2010 sophomore
season, he was recognized as a unanimous first-team All-American.
Despite the extreme defensive game plans geared specifically at
stopping him, he emerged as the Biletnikoff Award winner as the
nation's top receiver for the second consecutive season; former Texas
Michael Crabtree is the only other player to win the
Biletnikoff Award twice.
Blackmon announced at the
2012 Fiesta Bowl that he would declare for
the NFL draft that year. He caught 8 passes for 186 yards and 3
touchdowns in the game. He was also named the 2012 Fiesta Bowl
2012 NFL Draft
Blackmon decided not to participate in any workouts at the NFL
Combine, but he managed to erase questions about his long speed at the
Oklahoma State Pro Day. He was considered the best wide receiver
in the 2012 NFL Draft, and was predicted to go early in the first
round. He has been compared to
Anquan Boldin and Terrell
Owens. He was drafted by the
Jacksonville Jaguars with the fifth
pick in the first round of the draft. Jacksonville traded up with the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers to draft him, exchanging their number seven
selection and a fourth round pick for Tampa Bay's spot. Blackmon
was the highest selected Oklahoma State Cowboy since
Barry Sanders in
6 ft 1 in
32 1⁄2 in
9 1⁄4 in
10 ft 3 in
All values from Oklahoma State Pro Day.
Blackmon was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol
by a Payne County sheriff's deputy in
Stillwater, Oklahoma on June 3,
2012, and was released from custody later that day.
Blackmon scored his first career touchdown on November 4, 2012 against
the Detroit Lions. On November 18, in a game against the Houston
Texans, Blackmon had seven receptions for 236 yards. The 236 yards
were third-most for an NFL rookie, the most since
Jerry Rice as well
as the second-most in a game in franchise history, trailing only 291
yards by Jimmy Smith in a September 2000 game at the Baltimore Ravens.
Blackmon combined with
Andre Johnson (273 yards on 14 receptions) to
have the most receiving yards in a game by two players on different
teams. Blackmon finished his 2012 season with 64 receptions
and 865 yards receiving, both of which led all NFL rookies. Blackmon
also led all rookie receivers in first downs. His 81-yard touchdown
reception against Houston was the longest pass completion to any
2013 season and suspension
On April 20, 2013, Blackmon received a four-game suspension by the NFL
for violating the league's Policy and Program for Substance Abuse.
In July, he underwent groin surgery. The Jaguars placed him on the PUP
list in which he missed training camp and the start of the preseason.
Blackmon returned to the active roster and practiced on August 12,
however he missed the first four games of the regular season due to
his suspension. In his first game back, he caught 5 passes for 136
yards and a touchdown. In his next game, against the Denver Broncos,
he recorded 14 catches for 190 yards.
On November 1, during the Jaguars' bye week, he was suspended
indefinitely without pay for again violating the NFL's Policy and
Program for Substances of Abuse. He would have been eligible to
apply for reinstatement prior to the 2014 season.
However, on May 2, 2014, Jaguars general manager David Caldwell
announced that it was unlikely that Blackmon would join the team for
the 2014 season. Blackmon was arrested following a traffic stop on
July 23, 2014 in
Edmond, Oklahoma for possession of marijuana.
On October 1, 2014, Jaguars coach
Gus Bradley said Blackmon had
voluntarily checked into a 90-day program at an undisclosed location.
He also said Blackmon had completed nearly half of his commitment, was
doing very well and learning a lot.
On May 10, 2015, Blackmon was reportedly denied reinstatement by the
NFL, effectively ending his 2015 season.
In August 2015, Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said that the
Jaguars don't expect Blackmon to ever play for them again. Caldwell
said that the team had not heard from Blackmon for some time, and
believed that given his two-and-a-half year absence made it unlikely
that he would ever return to the NFL.
On September 1, 2015, it was revealed that Blackmon was added to the
Toronto Argonauts' "confidential" negotiating list in August. However,
because of his suspension, the NFL stepped in and disallowed it.
On December 19, 2015, Blackmon was arrested for DUI in his hometown of
Ardmore, Oklahoma. He pleaded guilty to DUI, and in August 2016
was sentenced to one year in jail, which was suspended pending the
completion of one year of probation. He was also fined $1,000 and
ordered to undergo 100 hours of community service. If he ever decided
to play again, he would have to go through a two-month vetting process
after applying for reinstatement. Despite this, Caldwell said at the
time of Blackmon's arrest that the Jaguars had no intention of cutting
him, notwithstanding Caldwell's own view that it was unlikely Blackmon
would ever play another down in the NFL again. As of 2017, he
remains on the Jaguars' roster.
Blackmon reportedly completed the terms of his probation in August
2017. However, he was not reinstated by the league before the 2017
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Retrieved June 30, 2012.
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Justin Blackmon arrested for
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Justin Blackmon not likely to return". ESPN.
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Justin Blackmon Reportedly off
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