Saints Revolution

WR Robert Meachem

WR Robert MeachemROBERT EMERY MEACHEM

Wide Receiver
University of Tennessee Volunteers
#3
6-2, 214 lbs
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Booker T. Washington High School

OVERVIEW
Not since the days when Carl Pickens (1989-91) and Alvin Harper (1987-90) terrorized opposing defenses have the Volunteers had a player at the receiver position that can change the tide of the game better than Robert Meachem. The unheralded talent is making the most of his first opportunity to be a full-time starter at Tennessee, producing 27 first downs, including converting nine third-down plays while snatching eleven passes for over 20 yards and coming up with big plays that set up ten touchdown drives and two more that resulted in field goals while making 34 catches through the first six games of the 2006 season.

The Booker T. Washington product was a Parade and Super Prep All-America selection as a senior. He was rated the second-best wide receiver prospect in nation by Super Prep and earned Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year honors. Robert was ranked as the best overall prospect in Oklahoma, the nation's third-best receiver and the eighth-ranked player in the Midlands region by Rivals.com. He was the eight-ranked receiver by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report and nominated for the Jim Thorpe Award.

As a senior, the All-State first-team choice racked up 543 receiving yards and ten touchdowns, and rushed for 531 yards and eight more scores, guiding the team to a 13-1 record and a runner-up finish in the state AAAAA championship. He also played point guard on school's two-time state basketball championship team.

Tennessee won a fierce recruiting battle for Meachem's services, much to the chagrin of the University of Oklahoma, who was hot on the trail of their local star. However, a knee injury in fall camp forced Robert to spend his 2003 season with the Volunteers on the sidelines as a medical hardship after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on August 16th to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

"Meachem was as far along as any freshman we've had since I've been here that I can remember,'' head coach Phil Fulmer said. The surgical procedure revealed the tear and the decision was made to repair it and accept the longer recovery period. "That's a good thing in the long run,'' said Fulmer, "but not in the short run because he will miss the season now. We'll always take the interest of the athlete first. It would be real easy to be selfish and just fix it short term, but Robert has a bright future and repair was the right thing to do as an athlete.''

Meachem returned to action in 2004. Despite not starting any of the thirteen games he appeared in, Robert ranked third on the Vols with 25 receptions and led the team with 459 yards and an 18.4-yard average. He also added four touchdowns and was the only player on the team to produce a 100-yard receiving effort in 2004. Perhaps showing Tennessee fans of what a bright future that lied ahead for him, Robert's first career reception was good for a 35-yard touchdown vs. Nevada-Las Vegas. He also added four tackles on special teams.

Robert lined up at split end in 2005, starting vs. Alabama-Birmingham and Memphis. Despite only two starts, he led the team with 29 receptions for 383 yards (13.2 avg) and two touchdowns while playing in eleven contests. He also returned two kickoffs for 41 yards (20.5 avg).

The 2006 season was Meachem's breakout year. He moved to flanker and earned All-American and All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors. He ranked fourth in the nation with an average of 99.9 yards per game receiving and ranked 24th nationally with 5.46 receptions per game. He led the team with a career-high 71 catches for a school season-record 1,298 yards (18.3 avg), including eleven touchdowns. He recorded two solo tackles, gained 16 yards on a kickoff return and 12 yards on a punt return.

In 37 games at Tennessee, Meachem started 15 times. He hauled in 125 passes and became the sixth player in school history to gain over 2,000 yards receiving, totaling 2,140 yards (17.1 avg) with 17 touchdowns. He rushed seven times for 3 yards, recorded six solo tackles, gained 57 yards on three kickoff returns (19.0 avg) and returned one punt 12 yards.

CAREER NOTES
Meachem's 125 receptions rank fifth on the school's career-record list, topped by Joey Kent (183, 1993-96), Marcus Nash (177, 1994-97), Cedrick Wilson (159, 1997-2000) and Peerless Price (147, 1995-98)…Became just the sixth player in school history to gain over 2,000 yards (2,140) receiving, joining Joey Kent (2,814 yards), Marcus Nash (2,447), Peerless Price (2,298), Cedrick Wilson (2,137) and Tim McGee (2,042 yards, 1982-85)…His seventeen touchdown catches rank fifth in Tennessee annals behind Joey Kent (25), Cedrick Wilson (24), Marcus Nash (20), and Peerless Price (19)&His 71 receptions in 2006 rank second on the school's season-record list, topped only by Marcus Nash (76 in 1997)…Set the Tennessee season record with 1,298 yards receiving, breaking the previous mark of 1,170 yards by Marcus Nash in 1997…Nash's 1997 total of thirteen scoring grabs is the only player that had more touchdowns in a season for the Vols than Meachem's eleven in 2006…Meachem's 1,298 yards receiving in 2006 rank fifth on the Southeastern Conference's season-record book behind Josh Reed of Louisiana State (1,740 in 2001), Travis McGriff of Florida (1,357 in 1998), Carlos Alvarez of Florida (1,329 in 1969) and Craig Yeast of Kentucky (1,311 in 1998)…Robert's 84-yard touchdown vs. Memphis in 2006 was the fifth-longest reception in school history, ranking behind Mark Jones (90 vs. Georgia in 2003), Carl Pickens (87 vs. Auburn in 1991), Clyde Duncan (85 vs. Vanderbilt in 1983) and Anthony Hancock (85 vs. Vanderbilt in 1979).

2006 SEASON
All-American and All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, adding All-American first-team accolades from the Football Writers Association and The Sporting News…All-SEC first-team pick by the league's coaches and Associated Press…Sports Illustrated and College Football News gave Meachem first-team midseason All-American honors…Took over flanker duties as a junior…Led the team and ranked fourth in the conference with 71 receptions for a school season-record 1,298 yards, adding eleven touchdowns…Ranked fourth nationally and led the conference with an average of 99.85 yards receiving per game…Rushed four times for 3 yards, gained 16 yards on one kickoff return and 12 yards on a punt return…Also recorded a pair of solo tackles…Gained over 100 yards receiving in six contests…Registered 58 first downs among his 71 grabs, converting 19-of-33 third-down plays…Eighteen of his receptions were for 20 yards or longer…Had big plays that set yup twenty touchdown drives and six others that resulted in field goals…Caught 9-of-13 tosses inside the red zone.

2005 SEASON
Meachem played in eleven games, starting vs. Alabama-Birmingham and Memphis at split end…Despite only two starting assignments, he led the team with 29 receptions for 383 yards (13.2 avg) and two touchdowns…He added 41 yards on two kickoff returns (20.5 avg)… He had sixteen first downs among his 29 catches, converting 4-of-7 third-down plays…Five of his receptions were for 20 yards or longer.

2004 SEASON
Freshman All-American third-team choice by The NFL Draft Report…Played in every game…Despite not starting, Robert ranked third on the squad with 25 receptions and led the team with 459 yards and an 18.4-yard average…He had four touchdown catches and delivered four solo tackles while rushing three times for no gain…Of the 32 passes targeted to him, two were deflected by the opposition…Seventeen of his grabs resulted in first downs, as he converted 3-of-5 third-down plays…Ten of his receptions were good for 20 yards or longer…Caught both passes thrown to him inside the red zone…Had big plays that set up eight touchdown drives and two more that resulted in field goals…Robert saw action at both split end and slot receiver.

2003 SEASON
A knee injury during August camp would see the true freshman sit out the season as a medical hardship after undergoing arthroscopic surgery.

CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS
4.41 in the 40-yard dash…37.5-inch vertical jump…345-pound bench press.

COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
4.42 in the 40-yard dash…1.53 10-yard dash…2.54 20-yard dash…4.31 20-yard shuttle… 11.3 60-yard shuttle…6.97 three-cone drill…37.5-inch vertical jump…10'1" broad jump.

HIGH SCHOOL
Attended Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Okla.) High School, playing football for head coach Antwain Jimmerson…Parade and Super Prep All-America selection as a senior…Rated the second-best wide receiver prospect in nation by Super Prep and earned Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year honors…Ranked as the best overall prospect in Oklahoma, the nation's third-best receiver and the eighth-ranked player in the Midlands region by Rivals.com…Was the eight-ranked receiver by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report and nominated for the Jim Thorpe Award…As a senior, the All-State first-team choice racked up 543 receiving yards and ten touchdowns and rushed for 531 yards and eight more scores, guiding the team to a 13-1 record and a runner-up finish in the state AAAAA championship&Also played point guard on school's two-time state basketball championship team.

PERSONAL
Communications major…Born Robert Emery Meachem on 9/28/84&Resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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