Pierre Garcon #88 WR
Height: 6-0 Weight: 216 Age: 29
Born: 8/8/1986 West Palm Beach , FL
College: Mount Union
Experience: 9th season
High School: John J. Leonard HS [Lake Worth, FL]
Selected By: Indianapolis Colts
Pick (Overall): 39 (205)
Most college football fans might not recognize his name, but after three stellar seasons followed by a stellar performance at the NFL Combine, Garcon is garnering attention from professional teams as the draft approaches. General managers and scouts take great pride in unearthing talent late in the draft, and Garcon has the athletic ability to draw interest.
Even though he played at a lower level of competition, his production was eye-opening. His 60 touchdown receptions rank second in NCAA Division III history. He also became just the sixth player in Division III annals to gain over 4,000 yards receiving (4,380) in a career.
Playing professional football wasn't a thought in Garcon's mind while attending John I. Leonard High School, where he earned two letters in football, and also competed in track and soccer. A combination of poor grades and only two less-than-spectacular seasons for the Lancers doomed his college options. He didn't play as a freshman or sophomore because he was academically ineligible.
Garcon estimated he had 100 yards and one touchdown his entire junior season at Leonard High. He didn't become a starter until he was a senior. He said Syracuse, Florida Atlantic and Bethune-Cookman expressed some interest, but once his grades were ruled inadequate, they were repelled.
Garcon ventured to Vermont, enrolling at Norwich University in 2004. He played in 10 games with 44 receptions for 1,017 yards (23.1-yard average) and 13 touchdowns. His average of 101.7 yards per game receiving ranked 14th in the nation.
Having read that Mount Union College had captured eight NCAA Division III titles in their last 13 seasons, Garcon contacted the coaching staff at the school and transferred in 2005. He would become the first of five players from the Florida area to play at the Ohio school over the next three years. He earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference second-team honors, as he caught 68 passes for 1,196 yards (17.6-yard average) and 16 touchdowns. He also averaged 24.1 yards on 10 kickoff returns, returning one for a score.
As a junior, Garcon was named All-OAC first-team and was the recipient of the Ed Sherman Award, given to the league's most outstanding receiver. He ranked third in the nation with 1,212 yards receiving, snaring 67 passes (18.1-yard average) and 17 touchdowns. He scored twice while averaging 15.1 yards on seven carries, completed an 18-yard pass for a touchdown and scored 114 points. He also averaged 30.2 yards on five kickoff returns and 16.3 yards on three punt returns, gaining 1,518 all-purpose yards for the year.
Garcon was again a first-team All-OAC, in addition to receiving the Ed Sherman Award for the second time. In 14 contests at split end, he gained 955 yards on 67 catches (14.3-yard average) with 14 touchdowns. He picked up 61 yards and two scores on 11 carries (5.5 avg) and averaged 19.8 yards on five kickoff returns, finishing with 1,166 all-purpose yards.
In his three seasons at Mount Union, he guided the Raiders to a pair of national titles. He started 39 of 41 games for the team, setting school record with 202 receptions and 47 touchdown grabs, as his 3,363 yards receiving (16.7-yard average) rank second in Mount Union annals. He rushed 19 times for 176 yards (9.3-yard average) and four scores. He completed 1-of-2 passes for an 18-yard touchdown and returned 10 punts for 100 yards (10.0 avg). He also gained 491 yards on 20 kickoff returns (24.6 avg), including a touchdown. He recorded four tackles (three solo) and amassed 3,830 all-purpose yards.