21  Tavares Gideon
Tavares Gideon

RS Senior

Greenwood, MS

Last College:
Mississippi Delta JC

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 210

Wide Receiver


Came to the University of Memphis in the fall of 2002 as a junior college transfer from Mississippi Delta Junior College ... Sat out last season with a knee injury ... Came back for spring drills and moved back into his role as one of the team's leading pass catchers ... Had seven receptions for 87 yards in the Blue-Gray Scrimmage ... Opened the spring with seven receptions for over 100 yards in the first scrimmage ... 2003: Sustained a torn ACL in summer conditioning work ... Had surgery and missed the entire 2003 season ... Received a redshirt for the 2003 season and has one year of eligibility remaining ... Was the team's most impressive receiver in the spring of 2003 ... Led the offense in receiving with 32 receptions for 412 yards and seven touchdowns ... Averaged 12.8 yards per catch ... 2002: Made an immediate impact on the Tiger receiver corps in 2002 ... Earned his first letter as a Tiger after appearing in all 12 games of the 2002 season ... Appeared in all 12 games for the Tigers ... Finished the season as the team's second leading receiver ... Was credited with 42 pass receptions for 466 yards and averaged 11.1 yards per reception ... Was the Tigers' leader in touchdown receptions with eight ... Opened the season with two catches for 22 yards and his first collegiate touchdown in the win over Murray State ... Had two receptions against Ole Miss but did not catch a pass against Southern Mississippi ... Grabbed two passes for 33 yards and a touchdown in victory over Tulane ... Caught five passes for 52 yards in UAB game ... In ESPN televised game with Louisville he caught eight passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns ... Had a season-high 127 yards receiving against Mississippi State on eight receptions ... Also caught a touchdown pass against Mississippi State ... Ended the season with touchdown receptions against Houston, Army and TCU ... Was ranked sixth in all-purpose yards for the Tigers in 2002 averaging 40.6 yards per game ...Was second in scoring in 2002 with eight touchdowns and a total of 48 points ... Is the cousin of former Southern Mississippi standout receiver Sherrod Gideon ... JC: Was rated by SuperPrep JUCO Top 100 as the number 71 prospect in the nation ... Listed on the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's Top 25 JUCO Prospects report as the 14th-best prospect in the state for 2001 ... Helped lead Mississippi Delta Community College to the finals of the state junior college championships in 2001 ... Had 54 receptions for over 900 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2001 ... Had 11 receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown in MDCC's 34-10 win over Northwest Mississippi CC ... Had 12 receptions for 153 yards and one touchdown in win over Holmes CC ... Had a three-yard touchdown catch in the state playoffs against Jones County CC ... Was named first team All-Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges ... Was also named to the 2001 All-Mississippi North Squad ... Helped Mississippi Delta CC to a 5-5 record in 2000 ... Also recruited by Baylor and West Virginia ... Born: 3/21/81.


Receiving G/S No. Yds Avg TD


2002 12/1 42 466 11.1 8 59
2004 12/9 54 665 12.3 11 38
Total 24/10 96 1131 11.8 19 59

Most Pass Receptions/Game: 8 vs Louisville & Miss. State (`02)
Most Yards Receiving/Game: 127 vs Mississippi State (`02)
Longest Pass Reception: 59 vs Mississippi State (`02)
Most Touchdown Receptions/Game: 2 vs Louisville (`02)

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