August 29, 2009; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett (80) pushes away from safety Lardarius Webb (21) of the Baltimore Ravens at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

Former USC WR Dwayne Jarrett Retires from CFL, NFL

Former USC great Dwayne Jarrett has hung it up today, retiring from professional football after finishing his career with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL before even setting foot on a CFL field.


When Dwayne Jarrett hit the USC campus in August of 2004, he was handed the dubious task of replacing arguably the greatest receiver in USC Football history, Mike Williams. And naturally, Jarrett did just that, putting up incredible numbers in his three years as a Trojan, all of which saw him paired with Steve Smith to create one of the best receiver duos in college football.

We profiled the famed Jarrett & Smith duo last month, and statistically, there’s no denying their superiority over their predecessors.

Jarrett and Smith played three seasons together, from 2004 to 2006, winning three Pac-12 titles and never losing a single game at the Coliseum. Over the course of their three seasons together, they caught a combined 389 passes for 5,838 yards and 61 touchdowns. Those are numbers that will probably never be matched for a pair of Trojans, especially since it’s rather unlikely that Robert Woods would come back for a senior season, which would give the Woods and Lee duo a third year.

After Jarrett’s record setting USC career, he decided to leave for the NFL early, which ultimately became more of a cash grab than a successful decision. After being mentioned as a first rounder, Jarrett was picked 45th overall in 2007 by the Carolina Panthers.

He had just 35 catches for 428 yards over parts of four seasons in the NFL, catching one touchdown. In May he signed a deal with the CFL’s Roughriders, the same team as former NCAA stars like Colt Brennan and Sinorice Moss. But ultimately Jarrett never suited up north of the border, retiring less than one month after signing.

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