PRO CAREER: Hauled in 24 receptions for 367 yards (15.3 ypc) and 3 touchdowns in 10 games (6 starts) during 2012 rookie season… Among NFL rookies in 2012, finished 10th in receiving yards, tied for sixth in TD receptions and fourth in receiving average (among rookies with 20-plus receptions)… 36.7 receiving yards per game are eighth in Bears single-season history among rookies… During rookie season, led Bears in yards per reception.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Drafted in the second round (50th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft (4/27/12)… Signed a 4-year contract with Chicago (5/2/12). SIGNED through 2015
2012 SEASON: Appeared in 10 games for Chicago with 6 starts, catching 24 passes for 367 yards and 3 touchdowns… 15.3 yards per catch was highest on the team… Ranked third on the team in receiving yards… Finished 10th among NFL rookies in receiving yards, tied for sixth in TD receptions and fourth in yards per catch (among rookies with at least 20-plus catches)… Eighth in franchise history among rookies in receiving yards per game (36.7)… Made first career start on September 23 vs. STL… Missed Weeks 7-10 with hand injury and Weeks 12-13 with knee injury. GAMES PLAYED-STARTED: 10-6
COLLEGE: Played in 39 games at South Carolina (2009-11), making 32 starts for the Gamecocks… Finished with 183 catches (second in school history) for 3,042 yards (first in school history and second most in SEC history) and 23 TDs (tied for first in school history)… Returned 1 kickoff for 35 yards... Team captian and 2nd team all-SEC as a junior... Biletnikoff finalist, AllAmerican and unanimous first-team all-SEC as a sophomore... First-team Freshman All-American, first-team SEC all-freshman and fourth-team all-SEC as a true freshman.
PERSONAL: Attended Calhoun County High School (St. Matthews, SC)… Named first-team all-state by The State as a defensive back... Caught 35 passes for 740 yards and 14 TDs as a senior... Averaged 65 yards on kickoff returns and 35 yards on punt returns with three touchdowns... Totaled 50 tackles on defense... Selected to the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and the Under Armour All-American Game... Logged 910 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns as a junior in 2007... Also was a standout on the basketball court... Helped Calhoun County win four state titles.
Jeff Joniak, voice of the Bears, breaks down four keys to Monday's match-up between the Bears and Cowboys at Soldier Field.
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