| Jermichael Finley
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Diboll, Texas (Diboll)
· 2006 season highlights video
Athletic and sure-handed tight end who played in 26 career games, starting 17 ... a former prep basketball star who has the ability to stretch the field as a receiver and is steadily improving as a blocker ... posted 76 receptions (No. 3 on UT's all-time tight end list) for 947 yards (No. 6 on UT's all-time tight end list) and five TDs ... notched 35 receptions of at least 10 yards and 13 of at least 20 yards ... caught at least one pass in 19 of his last 20 games and at least two passes in 21 of his last 24 games ... started all 13 games in 2007 ... named honorable mention All-Big 12 by the league's coaches ... caught 45 passes (No. 2 on UT's single-season tight end list) for 575 yards (No. 3 on UT's single-season tight end list) and two TDs ... averaged 12.8 yards per reception ... caught at least one pass in 12-of-13 games and at least three passes in nine-of-13 ... finished 2006 with 31 receptions for 372 yards (12.0 ypc) and three TDs ... had statistically the best season by a freshman tight end in UT history ... all totals rank first on UT's freshman tight ends list ... earned honorable mention Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News in 2006 ... a two-time member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll ... earned all-state honors in football and basketball as a prepster ... averaged 24 points and 20 rebounds as a senior ... drafted with the 28th pick in the third round (91st overall) by the Green Bay Packers in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Started all 13 games ... named honorable mention All-Big 12 by the league's coaches ... named UT's Outstanding Tight End ... caught 45 passes (No. 2 on UT's single-season tight end list) for 575 yards (No. 3 on UT's single-season tight end list) and two TDs ... averaged 12.8 yards per reception ... caught at least one pass in 12-of-13 games and at least three passes in nine-of-13 ... also helped Texas average 462.9 yards of total offense (13th NCAA), 207.5 yards rushing (17th NCAA) and 37.2 points per game (14th NCAA) ... caught one pass for eight yards against Arkansas State ... tallied four catches for 54 yards in a victory against No. 19 TCU ... recorded seven catches for 54 yards at UCF ... added three receptions for 20 yards versus Rice ... led the receiving corps by posting four receptions for 51 yards against Kansas State ... recorded four catches for 149 yards and a TD, including catches of 58 and 55 yards, against No. 10 Oklahoma ... became the first tight end in Texas history to post two receptions of 50+ yards in a game ... also set the single-game record for receiving yards by a tight end with 149 yards ... totaled 60 yards on five receptions at Baylor ... pulled in two passes for 25 yards against Nebraska ... led the team with six receptions for 79 yards and a TD at Oklahoma State ... pulled in four passes for 41 yards versus Texas Tech ... added three catches for 22 yards at Texas A&M ... tallied two catches for 12 yards and recovered a fumble in the end zone for a TD against Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2006)
Appeared in all 13 games, starting four when Texas opened in a two tight end set ... earned honorable mention Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News ... named one of UT's Outstanding Offensive Newcomers ... finished with 31 receptions for 372 yards (12.0 ypc) and three TDs ... all totals rank first on UT's freshman tight ends list ... caught a pass in each of the final seven games and in 10 of the last 11 ... posted five catches of at least 20 yards with a long of 40 yards against Oklahoma State ... tallied his first career reception and finished with two catches for 39 yards at Rice ... added two receptions for 17 yards and scored his first career touchdown against Iowa State ... recorded two catches for 35 yards against Sam Houston State ... caught two passes for 21 yards and a TD versus Baylor ... had four receptions for 34 yards at No. 17 Nebraska ... caught three balls for 47 yards at Texas Tech ... added two receptions for a career-high 67 yards, including a career-long 40 yard reception, and a TD versus Oklahoma State ... caught two passes for 35 yards at Kansas State ... made four receptions for 28 yards against Texas A&M ... established a career high with eight receptions for 46 yards in the Alamo Bowl versus Iowa ... redshirted in 2005.
Coached by Finis Vanover at Diboll H.S. ... a four-year starter at tight end ... also played defensive end, wide receiver, safety, punter and kicker ... owns school career records with 316 receptions, 30 TD catches and 2,217 receiving yards ... named first-team 3A all-state by the Texas Sports Writers Association and second-team 3A all-state by The Associated Press as a senior ... also tabbed first-team all-district 21-3A ... played primarily TE, WR and safety, and recorded 36 catches for 878 yards (a school single-season record) and 10 TDs that year ... also punted for a 37.9-yard average, kicked off and played an average of 101 snaps per game ... helped Diboll to a 6-5 record and the bi-district finals in 2004 ... named first-team all-district as a junior ... set school records with 13 TD catches and a 98-yard TD reception that year ... led team to 8-4 record and the 3A Division II area finals in 2003 ... named District Offensive Player of the Year in football and District MVP in basketball as a sophomore ... also an all-state selection in basketball (small forward) ... averaged 24 points and 20 rebounds through 22 games as a senior ... led Diboll to an 18-4 record in that span ... had a season-high 48 points versus Kountze ... led Diboll to a 33-3 record as a junior.
Born 3/26/87 in Lufkin, Texas ... full name is Jermichael Decorean Finley ... majoring in education ... a two-time member of UT's Athletics Director's Honor Roll ... active in UT's community service program ... participated in A Hero's Tribute by welcoming troops back to Fort Hood after being stationed overseas ... participated in his church youth group ... was active in the local Boys and Girls Club ... enjoys listening to music.
Year G/GS Rec-Yds YPC TD Long Rush-Yds YPC TD Long
2007 13/13 45-575 12.8 2 58/OU 0-0 0.0 1 -
2006 13/4 31-372 12.0 3 40/OSU 0-0 0.0 0 -
Career 26/17 76-947 12.5 5 58/OU 0-0 0.0 1 -
Receptions: 8 vs. Iowa (Fr.)
Receiving yards: 149 vs. Oklahoma (So.)
Long Reception: 58 vs. Oklahoma (So.)