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#19 Derrick Dillon Season 2024

Wide Receiver
Franklinton, La.
High School
Pine HS

2019 LSU Graduate (B.A. interdisciplinary Studies)

Four-year letterwinner at wide receiver for the Tigers … Had a knack for making a big play … Played in 48 games with 11 starts … Finished career with 51 catches for 634 yards and four TDs … Etched his name in LSU lore with a 71-yard catch-and-run touchdown against Auburn that sparked the fourth quarter comeback for the Tigers in 2018 … Caught another big pass TD pass in Fiesta Bowl win over UCF … Graduated in December of 2019 with a degree in interdisciplinary studies. 

Played in 13 games with three starts … Starts came against Northwestern State, Utah State and Florida … Caught 15 passes for 202 yards and two TDs … Caught a pair of passes for 22 yards in win over Oklahoma in National Semifinals … Had two receptions for 11 yards in SEC Championship Game … Connected with Joe Burrow on a 37-yard TD at Mississippi State … Other TD came against Utah State.  

Played in 13 games with five starts … Caught 22 passes for 307 yards and a pair of TDs … Hauled in a 71-yard touchdown reception against Auburn midway through the fourth quarter that pulled LSU to within 21-19 in a game the Tigers would eventually win at the buzzer … Other TD came on a 49-yard reception from Joe Burrow in the Fiesta Bowl win over UCF … The 49-yarder against UCF gave the Tigers their first lead of the game at 17-14 early in the second quarter … LSU never trailed again in that game … The 71 yard reception against Auburn was his first catch of the season and the first TD of his career … Caught career-best five passes for 31 yards in win over Rice … Finished UCF game with two receptions for 86 yards and his other reception went for 37 yards late in third quarter on third-and-nine for the Tigers … LSU kicked a field goal six plays later to extend the lead to 37-24 … Caught four passes for 42 yards in road game against Florida … Finished season with at least one reception in eight straight games, including three for nine yards vs. Alabama, two for 25 yards vs. Arkansas and two for 16 yards against Texas A&M. 

Played in all 13 games and earned three starts at wide receiver … Finished with 125 yards receiving on 14 receptions as well as 86 yards on the ground on 15 carries … Totaled a career-high 21 yards in the air in the season opener against BYU and on the road at Mississippi State … Also had receptions against Syracuse, Troy, Auburn, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas A&M … Rushed for 27 yards against Troy. 

Played in eight games all in a backup role or on special teams … Did not record any offensive statistics … Had one tackle against Southern Miss on an interception return.

Redshirted as a true freshman in 2015.

Versatile player in high school that excelled at multiple positions … Rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports, Scout and ESPN while Rivals listed him as a three-star recruit … Ranked as high as the No. 9 wide receiver nationally and the No. 5 overall prospect coming out of Louisiana by 247Sports … Racked up 2,781 yards of total offense and 33 touchdowns as a junior … Accounted for 2,157 yards of total offense and 23 touchdowns as a senior … Member of the 247Sports Top 247, ESPN 300 and Scout 300 … Earned an invitation to play in the US Army All-American Game … Member of The Advocate’s 2015 Super Dozen … Participated in Nike’s The Opening, a camp for the nation’s top prospects.

Parents are Ella Dillon and the late Earl Cotton … Born Oct. 28, 1995 … Majoring in interdisciplinary studies.

Receptions: 5 vs. Rice, 2018 
Receiving yards: 86 vs. UCF, 2019 Fiesta Bowl
Receiving TDs: 1, 4x (Last: vs. Utah State, 2019)
Long Reception: 71 (TD) vs. Auburn, 2018 

Rushing attempts: 2, 4x (Last: at Alabama, 2017)
Rushing yards: 30 vs. Florida, 2017
Rushing TDs: 0
Long rush: 30 vs. Florida, 2017

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