Jeremaine Copeland

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Jeremaine Copeland
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Jeremaine Copeland.jpg
Born: (1977-02-19) February 19, 1977 (age 43)
Harriman, Tennessee
Career information
CFL status American
Position(s) Wide receivers coach
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight202 lb (92 kg)
College Tennessee
Career history
As coach
2012 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2015–present Saskatchewan Roughriders
As player
2000 Barcelona Dragons
2001 Los Angeles Xtreme
20012004 Montreal Alouettes
20052009 Calgary Stampeders
20102011 Toronto Argonauts
Career highlights and awards
XFL Champion (2001), Grey Cup Champion (2002), (2008)
CFL All-Star 2003, 2004, 2009
CFL East All-Star 2003, 2004
CFL West All-Star 2009

Jeremaine Copeland (born February 19, 1977) is a former professional gridiron football wide receiver who is currently the wide receivers coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He has played with the Montreal Alouettes, Calgary Stampeders, and Toronto Argonauts, as well as in the XFL and NFL Europe.

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Early years

Copeland was born in Harriman, Tennessee. He would attend Harriman High School, where he played on the Blue Devils football team. While at Harriman, Copeland played at both running back and wide receiver. [1]

College career

Copeland attended the University of Tennessee, where he played under head coach Phillip Fulmer from the 1995 season to the 1998 season.

1995 season

As a freshman with the Volunteers, Copeland played as a running back some. He recorded 14 rushes for 73 yards and two touchdowns on the season.

1996 season

As a sophomore with the Volunteers, Copeland played both at running back and wide receiver. He recorded 17 rushes for 72 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, he had 16 receptions for 191 yards. In addition, he returned 11 punts for the team.

1997 season

As a junior with the Volunteers, Copeland played at wide receiver. He recorded 58 receptions for 732 yards and nine touchdowns. In addition, he returned seven punts for the team.

1998 season

In the 1998 season, Copeland and the Volunteers would have a very successful season. The team won the National Championship over Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl. In the 23-16 victory, Copeland had one reception for 15 yards. [2] The National Championship was Copeland's last collegiate game. On the season, he recorded 29 receptions for 438 yards and one touchdown. He retained duties for returning punts with 16 tries on the season.

With the Volunteers, he recorded 103 receptions for 1,361 yards, for a 13.32 yards per reception average, and rushed 31 times for 145 yards and four rushing touchdowns in his collegiate career. [3] At Tennessee, he played with quarterback Peyton Manning and running back Jamal Lewis while wearing #6 for the Vols.

Professional career

Copeland played a year of NFL Europe football for the Barcelona Dragons. He ended the season with a team leading 74 receptions for 821 yards, for an 11.1 yards per reception average, and six touchdowns.

Copeland began his CFL career with the Montreal Alouettes in 2001 and played six games. During that season, he also starred at wide receiver with the XFL's champion Los Angeles Xtreme. He was known for his flashy big plays and the famous long skull cap tail hanging out of his helmet during his time with the XFL. After beginning the 2002 season in the Dallas Cowboys' training camp, Copeland returned to the Alouettes and contributed to their Grey Cup championship that year. Copeland picked up CFL and CFLPA all-star honours in 2003 after piling up 99 receptions and 1,757 receiving yards. Along with teammate slotback Ben Cahoon, Copeland set a CFL record for most receiving yards by two teammates, amassing 3,318 yards between them. In 2004, Copeland was one of four receivers with the Alouettes to eclipse the 1,000-yard receiving mark (the others were Cahoon, Thyron Anderson, and Kwame Cavil), a CFL record which was repeated by the Alouettes the following year.

In 2005, Copeland was lured west to join the Calgary Stampeders after he entered free agency. Although his statistics did not reach the same levels as those achieved with the Alouettes, Copeland and Stampeder teammate Nik Lewis became infamous for their elaborate touchdown celebrations, including a "human bicycle" during the 2005 season, and the "bobsled" at the endzone pylon during the 2006 season. On November 23, 2008, Copeland and teammates of the Calgary Stampeders won the Grey Cup against the hosting Montreal Alouettes, 22-14. In 2009, Copeland enjoyed his best season since 2003 when he recorded 1,235 receiving yards and led the league with 12 receiving touchdowns, earning CFL all-star honours that year.

On February 17, 2010, Copeland was traded to the Toronto Argonauts in exchange for wide receiver P. K. Sam. He was elected as the team's offensive captain, leading an inexperienced receiving corps and being a crutch for inexperienced CFL quarterback Cleo Lemon. With the team, he was reunited with former XFL teammate Noel Prefontaine. On November 3, 2011, he surpassed the 10,000 career receiving yards mark, becoming the 15th CFL player to reach the milestone.

On January 25, 2012, Copeland officially retired from the CFL after 11 seasons in professional football. [4]

Coaching career

After announcing his retirement from professional football, Copeland was named the wide receivers coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, joining former offensive coordinator George Cortez who was the team's head coach at the time. [4] Following the 2012 season, Copeland left the Tiger-Cats to complete his degree at the University of Tennessee. [5]

On February 20, 2015, the Saskatchewan Roughriders announced that Copeland would be their new receivers coach. [5] [6]

CFL statistics

Receiving Regular season Playoffs
YearTeamGamesNo.YardsAvgLongTDGamesNo.YardsAvgLongTD
2001 MTL 71318214.0261
2002 MTL 51835219.64142511923.8471
2003 MTL 18991,75717.7571421418513.2260
2004 MTL 16831,15413.94210179814.0420
2005 CGY 18641,21118.9708148822.0480
2006 CGY 185497818.1706136321.0280
2007 CGY 18671,11016.68410134414.7200
2008 CGY 185276314.7607210969.6290
2009 CGY 18811,23515.25712289311.6191
2010 TOR 144863913.350321112111.0281
2011 TOR 184363314.7450Team did not qualify
MTL totals462133,44516.2572952640215.5471
CGY totals903185,29716.7844372838413.7481
TOR totals32911,27214.050321112111.0281
CFL totals16862210,01416.18475146590714.0483

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  4. 1 2 https://www.cfl.ca/article/cfl-veteran-jeremaine-copeland-retires Archived January 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Copeland retires, joins Ticats coaching staff
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