David Clowney knows all about freaky athletes. The former NFL receiver once clocked at 4.28 40 at Virginia Tech and vertical jumped 40.5 inches at the NFL Scouting Combine and also played next to a bunch of All-Pros.
Yet he says he has never seen an athlete quite like Jequez Ezzard, Sam Houston’s big-play wideout who has helped spark the Bearkats to the FCS national title game. You might never have heard of Ezzard before, but the 5-foot-9, 192-pound Georgia native isn’t just a big-play receiver. He has been the biggest-play receiver in all of college football.
In six games this spring, Ezzard is averaging an insane 30.4 yards per catch on his 20 receptions with six going for touchdowns. He’s also averaging 17.5 yards per punt return and last week took one back against James Madison in the FCS semifinal game for a TD.
“He’s a different type of animal when it comes to speed,” said Clowney, who was Ezzard’s receivers coach for two seasons at Howard where he averaged 26 yards per catch in 2017 and 27 yards per catch in 2018. “His explosion is out of this world. I have never seen explosion, like literally going from zero to 60 the way Ezzard does, like never, and I’m talking about even in the NFL. I played six years in the NFL between the (New York) Jets, the (Carolina) Panthers and the Buffalo Bills, and I’ve never seen a receiver that can go from zero to 60, like him. It’s really impressive.”
Another former NFL receiver who coached Ezzard at Howard, Brennan Marion, who was the Bison’s offensive coordinator and is now Pitt’s wide receivers coach, rattled off a bunch of reasons he views his former player as an NFL talent.
“His ability to adjust to the ball is world-class,” Marion said. “He’s fearless, got great jumping ability, can contort his body to make ‘wow’ plays, and he’s a powerful runner.”
Clowney compares Ezzard to his former teammate Steve Smith in terms of size, explosiveness, speed and body control. Clowney also gushed about Ezzard’s ball skills.