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Not many receivers can list 39 touchdown receptions among their college accomplishments. Then again, not many possess Pettis's focus in traffic. It's a skill that allowed him to overcome a lack of elite deep speed and a minor lower leg fracture his junior year en route to four straight productive seasons.
Pettis used his long frame to rack up at least 45 receptions in each of his first two years and more than 60 as a junior (65-855-14) and a senior (71-951-10). He was also one of only five true freshmen to play for Boise State in 2007, scoring six times, and he finished his career as a two-time first-team All-WAC receiver.
Of course, it takes more than a big body to become a successful NFL receiver. Pettis lacks ideal speed for the outside and won't outrun anyone in a professional secondary. He has the natural athleticism, size and body control, however, to contribute as a sub-package pass-catcher. Still, he has work to do as a route-runner, and he'll have to hope a team is willing to take on his learning curve in the hopes he can be the big-bodied option to complement its speedy receivers.
Strengths: Tall, long frame with room to add bulk. Works over the middle very well while using his body to shield the ball from defenders. Has big, strong hands and can pluck passes in traffic. Shows a good feel for zone defenses and settles into open spots without drifting back into coverage. Possesses good body control and maintains balance in and out of cuts. Utilizes head fakes, sells defenders on the wrong route and has the strength to break tackles and gain extra yards after the catch. Focuses on passes and watches the ball all the way into his hands. Displays great concentration when fighting for jump balls and times his high-points well. Tracks the ball accurately while running and will sell out to make the catch. Is a willing blocker who can engage defenders with long arms. Excellent red-zone target.
Weaknesses: Sluggish off the line and takes too long to reach top speed. Allows too much recovery time for defensive backs when stopping and starting. Needs space to stride and accelerate, but still cannot run past defenders and possesses only average speed for the position. Lacks an adequate second gear to consistently get behind defenses and does not show ideal burst when coming in and out of cuts in his routes. Can be pressed and jammed at the line and allows defenders to control him early due to lack of physicality and quickness. Will tip his hand when running routes by drifting toward his destination. Gets sloppy with his footwork and lacks the route discipline to create separation in man coverage. Is not a shifty, quick-twitch athlete and struggles to make defenders miss in the open field. Overextends and loses leverage and balance as a blocker in the run game.
Pettis leaves Boise State as the school's all-time leader in receptions with 229 and touchdown catches with 39. The two-time first-team All-WAC selection also ranks second on the school's all-time receiving yards list with 2,838 for his career. As a senior, Pettis reeled in 71 catches for 951 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was part of a Bronco offense that ranked second in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 46.67 points a game during the regular season. In the Broncos' 26-3 victory over Utah in the Las Vegas Bowl, Pettis saved his best for last-reeling in 12 catches for 147 yards and a touchdown.
Played in each of the Broncos’ 12 games during his final collegiate campaign, including 10 starts…named first-team All-Western Athletic Conference for the second-straight year…third-straight allleague accolade…caught 59 passes for 804 yards…nine touchdowns are tied for the ninth-most in a single season in school history…caught multiple passes in every game, including a season-high 10 against Fresno State (Nov. 19)…lone 100-yard effort of the season came against Hawai’i (122; Nov. 6)…was the sixth 100-yard game of his career…had two touchdowns each against both No. 10 Virginia Tech (Sept. 6) and Fresno State…caught the game-winning touchdown with 1:09 left to play to give Boise State a 33-30 win over the Hokies in the season-opener...also blocked a punt in the first quarter against Virginia Tech, which he followed by scoring Boise State’s first touchdown of the game just two plays later...completed all three of his pass attempts on the season for 63 yards and two touchdowns...caught and threw for a touchdown against both No. 24 Oregon State (Sept. 25) and Louisiana Tech (Oct.26)...38 career touchdown receptions is Boise State’s all-time standard... also broke Boise State’s career completions record, and now has 217... both records were held by Don Hutt, and had stood since 1973…scored three times on two-point conversion attempts.
Pettis earned first-team All-WAC honors after establishing himself as a go-to receiver for the Broncos… Tallied 63 catches and 14 touchdowns in 12 games, both are career highs for a single season…Ranked fourth in WAC for average yards received per game (65.8), tied for fifth in receptions per game (4.85) and sixth in scoring (TDs) averaging 6.4 points per game…Suffered an injury against Nevada that forced him to miss the final game of the regular season…Came back and played in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against TCU with his only reception coming on a successful third down play for five yards…Broke the school record for single season receiving touchdowns (14) after catching four TD passes against Idaho, which also tied the school record for single game receiving TDs…..Caught six receptions against Oregon in the season opener.
Recorded 115 receiving yards on four catches against Miami (OH)…Caught a career high 10 receptions against UC Davis for 129 receiving yards, his most single game receiving yards this season…Also caught two touchdown passes against the Aggies…Recorded four catches for 64 yards and one touchdown against Tulsa…Caught nine passes for 105 yards and one touchdown against Louisiana Tech….Broke the school record for consecutive games with a touchdown catch after scoring at least one receiving touchdown in the first 10 games of the season. He passed Ryan Ikebe who went six games in 1994…Has caught 153 passes to rank fifth on Boise State's all-time list…Also has 1,887 career reception yards to rank 15th, and 29 career touchdown pass receptions to rank second…The Boise State all-time record for touchdown passes is 30 set by Don Hutt (1970-73).
Named second-team All-WAC after outstanding sophomore season ... Caught 49 passes for 567 yards, averaging 11.6 yards per catch and 43.6 yards per game ... Ranked ninth in WAC for average yards receiving per game (53.1) in eight league games... Average of 4.50 catches per game in conference play finished eighth in WAC... Led Bronco receiving corps with nine touchdowns ... Nine TD receptions are tied for seventh on Boise State's all-time single-season list ... Team's third-leading scorer with 54 points ... Best game was against Nevada with nine catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns ... Also had two TD receptions against Southern Mississippi and Utah State ... Caught seven passes against USU and six against San Jose State and Idaho. ... Named to the All-WAC academic team.
One of five true freshmen, two of whom were wide receivers, to play for Broncos ... Finished season second on team with 46 reception ... Finished second on team with six TD catches and third with 465 yards receiving ... Recorded 34 of his catches in the last five games ... Caught a season-best nine passes for 89 yards against East Carolina in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl ... Caught eight passes in back-to-back games against Utah State and Idaho ... In Idaho game had first career 100-yard receiving game with 139 yards and three touchdowns ... Had 67 yards receiving at Utah State ... Caught seven passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns against San Jose State ... Finished with four catches for 33 yards and a touchdown at Louisiana Tech ... Had three catches for 26 yards at Washington ... Caught two passes against Weber State and Hawai'i and had one catch against Southern Miss, Nevada and Fresno State.
2009: Suffered a broken ankle during a failed two-point conversion against Nevada on Nov. 27, but returned for the bowl game against TCU.
A three-sport letterman at Lutheran High School in Orange, Calif., where he lettered in football three times, basketball three times and track and field twice. Named Velocity/Prep Star All-Region. As a senior, had 72 receptions for 1,079 yards and 13 to
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09/06/15 - WR Austin Pettis had his contract terminated by the Chargers Saturday (Sept. 5) in the cutdown to 53 players.
08/24/15 - WR Austin Pettis, an underrated rookie, is worth keeping an eye on. His 30 receiving yards came on a team-high four catches against the Cardinals.
01/09/15 - WR Austin Pettis was signed by the Chargers Friday (Jan. 9) to a reserve/future contract for the 2015 season. Originally a third-round selection (78th overall) in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Boise State, Pettis caught 107 passes for 1,034 yards and nine touchdowns in 47 games with the Rams. The 6-3, 203-pound receiver's top season came in 2013 when he recorded career highs in receptions (38), yards (399) and touchdowns (four) in 16 games with six starts. He appeared in five games in 2014 with 12 catches for 118 yards and one touchdown before being released in late October. The Southern California native also totaled 29 punt returns in four years for 254 yards (8.8 average) plus four kickoff returns for 75 yards (18.8).
10/20/14 - WR Austin Pettis was waived by the Rams Monday (Oct. 20) two days after he was late for a team meeting, which was reported by FoxSports.
Austin missed practice last Wednesday because of an ankle injury after participating in 39 snaps in the Monday night game against San Francisco. He returned to practice Thursday and Friday with full participation, but was inactive for Sunday's game against Seattle.
Wide receiver Chris Givens was active Sunday after being inactive for the previous two games and had a 30-yard reception in the Rams' drive for their final touchdown in the win over the Seahawks.
Coach Jeff Fisher said Monday that Pettis' release occurred because the Rams have other needs on their roster, but would not reveal their plans.
Fisher also said wide receiver Stedman Bailey, who missed the first two games of the season because of an NFL PED suspension "will get more and more involved." Bailey played just two offensive snaps against Seattle.
Pettis finished the season with 12 receptions for 118 yards and one touchdown. He had an important 27-yard catch that set up the Rams for the winning field goal in their Week 2 19-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he later had two drops in the team's final possession of a Week 5 34-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
10/17/14 - WR Austin Pettis was a new addition to the injury report, and did not practice Wednesday because of an ankle injury. He then had full participation Thursday and Friday.
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