Jamison Crowder was born in Monroe, North Carolina on June 17, 1993. A wide receiver for the Duke Blue Devils, he became one of the only players in the school's history to exceed 1,000 receiving yards in a single season in 2012 and repeated the feat in 2013.
Crowder attended Monroe High School in his hometown, where he helped the football team to three state playoff appearances and an overall record of 29-10 across the three seasons. As a senior, he rushed for 641 yards and 11 touchdowns and logged 41 receptions for 790 yards and nine touchdowns. Crowder was subsequently voted as the Rocky River Conference Offensive Player of the Year and was an All-State, All-Conference and All-County selection. He received offers from multiple schools, but ultimately committed to Duke University.
After enrolling at Duke, Crowder saw action as a true freshman and despite not starting any games, he featured in all 12 games for the Blue Devils in 2011. He registered 14 receptions for 163 yards and one touchdown, rushed for a total of 42 yards and recorded 814 kickoff return yards, setting a new school freshman kickoff return yards record in the process. Crowder finished the season with a team-high total of 1,141 all-purpose yards, becoming the first freshman to lead the team for all-purpose yards in seven seasons.
During his sophomore year in 2012, Crowder started all 13 games for the team, logging 76 receptions for 1,074 yards and a team-high tally of eight touchdowns. Additionally, he once again led the team for all-purpose yards, with 1,243. Against Miami, he set a new ACC record for longest pass reception, following a 99 yard catch. At the end of the season, he was named as an All-ACC honorable mention by both the league's coaches and the media.
As a junior, Crowder was able to increase his productivity even further, as he was credited with 108 catches for 1,360 yards and eight touchdowns. Moreover, he rushed eight times for 71 yards and scored the first rushing touchdown of his college football career against Pittsburgh. By the end of the season, Crowder had eclipsed 2,500 career receiving yards and his performances in 2013 were rewarded with a first team All-ACC selection.
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