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    Jay Tant
    Jay Tant

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Kettering, Ohio

    High School:
    Alter

    Height:
    6-3

    Position:
    TE



    1998: Named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by the coaches ... Leading returning receiver ... Started all 12 games ... Had 30 receptions for 327 yards, a 10.9 yards per catch average ... Scored touchdowns against Purdue and Hawaii ... Best game of career was against Hawaii when he caught six balls for 111 yards.

    1997: Started in 11 contests after missing the first game due to injury ... Played most of the season with some type of ailment ... Had a badly sprained ankle, infected foot, broken thumb, and stress fracture in his foot ... Played in several games with a cast on his hand ... Managed to pull down 10 passes for 106 yards ... Averaged 9.6 yards per reception and 10.6 yards per game.

    1996: Northwestern Offensive Newcomer of the Year ... One of only two true freshmen to see game action ... Converted from tight end to fullback during fall camp... Both pass receptions on the year came in the Indiana contest ... Also played on special teams.

    High School: SuperPrep All-Midwest selection ... Bluechip Illustrated All-American ... Lettered four years in football and swimming... Caught 27 passes for 420 yards and four TDs in '95 ... Averaged 40 yards a punt ... Had 30 receptions and 102 tackles as a junior ... Named all-state both junior and senior seasons ... All-district his sophomore year ... All-League all four years ... High school football coach was Chris Roark ... Seven-time All-American as a swimmer ... State champ in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle ... Won the 50 free at the '95 Olympic Festival ... Honor roll member.

    Personal: Born Jay William Tant on 12/4/77 ... Son of Bill and Anne Tant ... Father played football at Dayton ... Communication studies major.

    Tant's Career Stats

    Receiving
    Year    GP REC  YDS   AVG  TD  Lng
    1996     9   2    9   4.5   0    5
    1997    11  10  106  10.6   0   33
    1998    12  30  327  10.9   2   37
    TOTALS  32  42  442  10.5   2   37
    

    Kickoff Returns Year GP RET YDS AVG TD Lng 1996 9 3 13 4.3 0 13

    The Tant File
    Q. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would you want it to be: Goldberg
    Q. What do you consider to be your greatest achievement: Surviving "Winning Edge"
    Q. What is it that you most dislike: Cleaning up Conrad Emmerich's dirty dishes