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Season in Review: Jerron Rollins

Rollins is still waiting to be a major contributor.

NCAA Football: Cincinnati at East Carolina James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

The Numbers

  • 13 receptions
  • 101 yards
  • 1 touchdown

I would expect that Jerron Rollins is going to have a larger role in the Cincinnati Bearcats offense in 2018. However, in his first two seasons, despite playing on a team that isn’t exactly stuffed with wideout talent, the 6’2”, 208-pound speedster from Miami has not gotten a ton of chances to show off his stuff.

With that written, his playing time did increase marginally this year, as he contributed in all 12 games for the Bearcats. Before that, he played in 11 games as a freshman, spending time on offense and special teams. With his small step up in playing time, Rollins did set a career-high in receptions and receiving yards, although that second mark was by just two yards. However, 70 of his 99 yards from 2016 came on just one catch in the season finale against Tulsa. His work was more spread out in 2017, as he averaged 1.1 catch per game and caught at least two balls in five games. He also caught one touchdown pass, which is almost impressive considering Hayden Moore threw a total of 20.

The Best of the Best

Nov. 4 at Tulane

Best is relative here, since Rollins only had 24 yards on two receptions, but those 24 yards were a season-high.

Nov. 18 at East Carolina

UC lost by a lot and Rollins only had eight yards, but six of those came while he was scoring his one touchdown of the season.

For Next Season

Someone besides Kahlil Lewis is going to need to catch passes. Rollins has patiently waited in the wings and 2018 may the year he finally gets worked into the gameplan as more than a very occasional target. He will still need to compete for a spot, especially as Thomas Geddis turned into a solid option, but Rollins should have a better shot at getting more passes.