3 things to know about new Vikings receiver Jordan Addison

Minnesota Vikings WR Jordan Addison
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Football star at two colleges

After narrowing down an endless list of college choices, Jordan Addison picked the University of Pittsburgh.

As a freshman at Pitt in 2020, he caught 60 passes (team leader) for 666 yards and four touchdowns for the 6-5 Panthers.

Then, in 2021, Addison was considered one of the best pass catchers in the nation when he teamed up with current Pittsburgh Steeler Kenny Pickett to put up video game-type numbers. As a sophomore, he snagged 100 passes (school record) for 1,593 yards and 18 total scores (which included one rushing touchdown).

His touchdown reception mark was the best in the country and Addison won the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the most outstanding receiver in college football.

That made Addison the third Panther to win the coveted award after Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Bryant. Addison was also selected as a first-team All-ACC member and a consensus All-American.

With Addison’s help, the Panthers went 11-3 and lost in the Peach Bowl to Michigan State. During the contest, Addison had seven receptions for 114 yards.

After the 2021 season, Addison surprised his teammates and coaches when he announced he was transferring to USC.

In his one season with the Trojans, Addison played alongside receiver Caleb Williams and caught 59 passes for 875 yards and eight touchdowns. He was voted as a first-team All-Pac-12 member.

During the middle of his junior year, Addison injured his ankle and lost a month. While USC participated in the Cotton Bowl, Addison continued to rehab his injury.

Although he still had a year left of college eligibility, Addison declared for the 2023 NFL Draft.