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2017 • JUNIOR SEASON: Competed against Buffalo, at Oregon State and versus Maryland • lone reception went for 32 yards at Purdue.
2016 • SOPHOMORE SEASON: Played in 10 games and made 18 catches for 349 yards • rushed one time for eight yards and returned an onside kick attempt for 30 yards. Game-by-Game: Started against Oregon State and caught one pass for six yards • missed the Indiana State, Colorado State and Penn State games with an injury • returned to action against Iowa and caught two passes for 36 yards • hauled in a 26-yard reception at Maryland and rushed one time for eight yards against Rutgers • made one catch for 11 yards at Illinois • caught four balls for 87 yards against Purdue and two passes for 16 yards at Nebraska • made two catches for 81 yards against Northwestern and returned an onside kick for 30 yards (his 111 all-purpose yards led the team) • caught three passes for 48 yards at Wisconsin • recorded two catches for 38 yards against Washington State.
2015 • FRESHMAN SEASON: Played in 12 games • caught 18 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns. Game-by-Game: Made his collegiate debut against TCU and caught three passes for 14 yards • competed at Colorado State • made two catches for 26 yards against Kent State • had one catch for 24 yards against Ohio • saw action at Purdue and against Nebraska • caught two passes for 69 yards against Michigan, which included a 52-yard reception from Mitch Leidner that resulted in his first-career touchdown • made six catches for 41 yards and one touchdown at Ohio State • caught one pass for six yards at Iowa • made two catches for six yards against Illinois, which included a 1-yard touchdown with five seconds left in the first half • caught one pass for eight yards against Wisconsin • competed against Central Michigan.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Andress High School • started playing football during his junior year and ended his career with 77 catches for 1,071 yards and 14 touchdowns • helped lead team to 10-3 overall record and a 7-1 mark in district action as a senior • played in 12 games and caught 49 passes for 704 yards and 11 touchdowns • also rushed for one touchdown • made 23 tackles on defense, including 3.0 sacks • broke up one pass and caused one fumble • played in 11 games as a junior and caught 28 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns • also rushed for one touchdown • made seven tackles on defense and recovered one fumble • coached by Patrick Brown • also lettered in track and basketball • was an all-state performer in basketball • received a three-star ranking from ESPN and two stars from Rivals, 247Sports and Scout • ESPN lists him as the No. 62 wide receiver in the nation, while 247Sports tabs him as the No. 263 receiver and the 324th-best prospect in Texas.
PERSONAL: Born July 6, 1997 • son of Sheila Pippen • has one brother (Maliik).
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