April 30, 2011
HORNED FROG NFL DRAFT CENTRAL
Former TCU wide receiver and return specialist Jeremy Kerley has been selected by the New York Jets in the fifth round of the 2011 National Football League Draft.
Kerley will be teammates on the Jets with former TCU standouts Drew Coleman and LaDainian Tomlinson.
Kerley is the second TCU player drafted in the fifth round and third Horned Frog selected in this year's draft. Quarterback Andy Dalton went to the Cincinnati Bengals in the second round, while offensive tackle Marcus Cannon was a fifth-round pick of the New England Patriots.
TCU's Gary Patterson has now had 27 players drafted in his 10-year tenure as head coach.
Last month, ESPN.com ranked TCU No. 1 in the nation for developing NFL talent.
Kerley, a first-team All-American as a return specialist, was one of three finalists for the Paul Hornung Award as college football's most versatile player. He was the MWC Special Teams Player of the Year for the second straight season and the league's first-team All-MWC return specialist for the third consecutive year. He was also a two-time All-MWC selection at wide receiver.
A native of Hutto, Texas, Kerley was one of just two players in the nation to rank in the top 20 in punt returns (12.9 yards) and kickoff returns (27.7 yards) last season. He also led TCU with career-best totals of 56 receptions and 10 touchdown catches.
Kerley ranks second on TCU's career list for punt return yards with 1,299, trailing only Lindy Berry (1,372, 1946-49). Kerley is third on the Horned Frogs' all-time kickoff return list with 1,006 yards. He returned two punts for touchdowns as a junior, including a 71-yard score against Colorado State that was ESPN's Top Play of the Day and the No. 8 play for the month of October. His other punt return for a touchdown was a 69-yard effort versus SMU.
Kerley's 120 career receptions rank ninth all-time at TCU. He is tied for eighth in career receiving touchdowns with 12.
Kerley added 306 career yards rushing and eight touchdowns on the ground. He also completed 5-of-7 passes for 135 yards, including a 26-yard scoring strike to Bart Johnson in last season's 47-7 win at Utah.