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Ja'Mal Branch
Ja'Mal  Branch
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Katy, TX

High School:
Katy HS

Height / Weight:
5-7 / 170

Position:
Wide Receiver


2004
Did not play.

2003
Had at least two receptions in six of the last seven games ... Caught a pass against every conference opponent in 2003 ... Tied for second on the team with 22 receptions and had 163 yards receiving ... Was third on the team with 549 all-purpose yards ... Led the team with 11 kickoff returns for 217 yards ... Also had a team-high 12 punt returns ... Also rushed 17 times for 27 yards.

2002
Played in all 13 games and was named second-team all-conference as an all-purpose player ... Finished second on the team with 27 receptions and 384 yards ... His average yards per game (29.5) was also second best on the team ... Had a streak of 19 consecutive games with a catch broken up against Louisiana-Monroe when North Texas attempted just five passes in the game ... Had a season-high seven catches for a career-high 112 yards against Middle Tennessee ... Also caught a career-long 45-yard touchdown pass against the Blue Raiders ... Had five games with at least three receptions ... Second on the Mean Green in all-purpose yards for the second consecutive season, finishing with 1,190 (91.5 ypg) ... Also rushed 36 times for 192 yards and scored four times ... Had a career-best 73 yards rushing on six carries against Arizona ... Scored two rushing touchdowns against Louisiana-Lafayette ... Also returned a team-high 19 kickoffs for an average of 20.3 yards per return ... Returned 29 punts for a team-high 229 yards and an average of 7.9 yards per return – fifth-best in the Sun Belt ... Was awarded the Ja’Quay Wilburn Award for Outstanding Offensive Back by the Mean Green coaching staff

2001
Was named Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year after moving from defensive back to wide receiver following the season opening game against TCU ... Second on the team with 31 receptions for 375 yards ... Was also second with 952 all-purpose yards ... Made his first catch as a member of the Mean Green against Oklahoma, going for 58 yards on the second play of the game - which is still a career-long ... Led North Texas in receiving his first three games, grabbing four receptions against the Sooners and seven each against Texas Tech and South Florida ... His first career touchdown came on a 33-yard pass from Scott Hall against South Florida ... Also had touchdown receptions against Louisiana-Lafayette, Idaho and Colorado State ... Had the two longest Mean Green kickoff returns, going 49 yards against Texas Tech and 50 yards against Idaho ... His 516 yards on kickoff returns was the second most ever by a freshman and the sixth most ever by a North Texas player ... The only North Texas player in 2001 to have a rushing and receiving touchdown ... Totaled 10 rushes for 56 yards for the season, scoring his lone rushing touchdown on a six-yard run to open the scoring against Middle Tennessee.

High School/Personal
Was a first-team all-district 19-5A pick at Katy High School ... Rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown in the state championship game as a senior, leading his school to the Class 5A Division II title ... During his two years as a starter, helped Katy to a combined 30-2 record ... Katy averaged nearly 42 points per game during its five playoff wins ... As a junior, rushed for 1,665 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior, helping Katy to a 14-2 record and the Class 5A Division II finals ... Was district long jump champion as a sophomore

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