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Donovan Harden
Player Profile:
Donovan Harden 1699838
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 175
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Rialto, Calif.
High School: Rancho Cucamonga/Illinois State

CAREER STATISTICS

ATHLETIC HONORS:
• 2014 All-Sun Belt Conference (first team)
• 2015 All-Sun Belt Conference (honorable mention)

AT GEORGIA STATE: Two-time all-conference performer who is one of the top receivers in the Sun Belt ... Ranks in the top five in GSU history with 99 catches for 1,610 yards, 12 touchdowns and 3,010 all-purpose yards in just 22 games ... Including two seasons at Illinois State, he finished his career with 151 receptions for 2,204 yards and 19 touchdowns ... Owns the top two receiving games in Georgia State history with 11 receptions for 186 yards and four touchdowns vs. Georgia Southern in 2014 and 179 yards on just five catches vs. Liberty in 2015.

Joined the program for the fall of 2013 after transferring from Illinois State ... While practicing with the team in 2013, he suffered a knee injury that required surgery.

2015: Earned All-Sun Belt honors for the second straight year with his honorable mention recognition ... Had 39 catches for 725 yards and five touchdowns in 10 games, despite playing with a broken bone in his foot ... Fourth in the Sun Belt with 72.5 receiving yards per game ... Averaged 18.6 yards per catch (second in Sun Belt) with four catches of more than 50 yards.

After missing first three games (broken foot suffered in preseason practice), he returned from injury for Game 4 and had five catches for 179 yards vs. Liberty. His first catch of the season was a 76-yard touchdown on the third play of the game. His 179 yards vs. Liberty is the second-best single-game in GSU history; set the GSU record with 186 yds vs. Georgia Southern in 2014.

With GSU holding a 24-19 lead in final three minutes at Ball State, he caught a short pass from Nick Arbuckle and raced down the sideline for a 68-yard completion to the 1-yard line to set up the clinching TD ... Caught a 66-yard pass down the sideline vs. Arkansas State, and then a 3-yard TD pass vs. UL Lafayette ... Caught touchdowns of four and eight yards in win over Texas State ... Had seven receptions for 94 yards in win over South Alabama, including five catches for third-down conversions covering 65 yards ... Caught a 38-yard touchdown pass vs. San Jose State in the AutoNation Cure Bowl, scoring Georgia State’s first touchdown in its first bowl game ... 2015 Preseason All-Sun Belt (first team) ... Named to the Biletnikoff Award Pre-Season Watch List as the nation’s outstanding receiver.

2014: First-team All-Sun Belt Conference ... Named to the midseason Watch List for the Biletnikoff Award ... Georgia State’s leading receiver with 60 catches for 885 yards and seven touchdowns ... Third in the Sun Belt with seven touchdown receptions. Also third in receptions and fifth in receiving yards ... Totals of 60 receptions and seven touchdowns are the second-best season marks in GSU history; yardage total is third highest mark in Panther annals. Bettered only by current Kansas City Chief Albert Wilson in all three categories ... Also the team’s punt returner, averaging 11.0 yards ... Led the team with 977 all-purpose yards.

Enjoyed a record-setting performance against Georgia Southern with a school-record four touchdown receptions (tied for second in Sun Belt history) of 3, 59, 35 and 36 yards. Also broke the GSU record with 186 receiving yards while tying the mark for receptions in a game with 11 against the Eagles ... That performance followed 10 receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns (44 and 5 yards) vs. South Alabama, giving him 21 catches for 318 yards and six TDs in the two-game stretch.

Had three of the five longest receptions of the season at 68 yards (TD) vs. New Mexico State, 62 yards vs. UL Lafayette and 59 yards vs. Georgia Southern (TD) ... Opened his GSU career with three receptions for 27 yards and two punt returns for 34 yards vs. Abilene Christian .. Caught a 68-yard touchdown pass from Nick Arbuckle vs. New Mexico State ... Six receptions for 90 yards vs. Air Force, followed by seven catches at Washington for 64 yards.

AT ILLINOIS STATE: Lettered two seasons (2011-12) for the Redbirds ... Played in all 13 games, with eight starts in 2012 and was second on the team with six touchdown receptions ... Team's third-leading receiver with 46 receptions for 617 yards ... Averaged 13.4 yards per catch ... Also carried the ball eight times for 37 yards ... Was the team's primary punt returner, with 18 returns for 150 yards ... Returned three kickoffs for an average of 19.3 yards ... Caught a pair of touchdowns and finished with a career-best nine catches for 94 yards in an overtime win vs. Eastern Illinois ... Recorded first career 100-plus yard receiving performance at South Dakota, finishing with three catches for 137 yards, included a 79-yard touchdown reception ... Caught seven passes for 97 yards in a win over Youngstown State ... Caught five passes for 68 yards with a touchdown in the second-round playoff victory at Appalachian State.

Named to the 2011 College Sports Journal All-Freshman Team for the Missouri Valley Football Conference ... Played in 10 games in 2011 ... Led the team with 13 punt returns for 119 yards (9.2 avg.), ranking 23rd in the FCS in punt return average ... Also had 10 kick returns for 235 yards for a team-leading 23.5 average ... Returned three kickoffs, including one for a career-long 40 yards, against Missouri State ... Returned five punts for 83 yards, including a long of 45 yards, in a win at Missouri State, when he recorded 117 all-purpose yards ... Caught six passes for 47 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown catch, against Western Illinois, and rushed twice for 24 yards.

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner for coach Nick Baiz at Rancho Cucamonga High School ... Collected over 1,500 yards receiving with 17 touchdown catches as a senior ... Named first-team all-league and all-area while helping team to a league championship ... Earned second-team all-league honors as a junior after recording over 900 yards receiving and nine touchdowns ... Also helped team to league championships as a junior and sophomore.

PERSONAL: Born Sept. 10, 1993 ... Son of Jeffrey and Cordelia Harden ... Majoring in sociology.

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