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Name: Jalen Catalon (+) Coming off Aug 2020 Knee INJ
College: Arkansas     Number: 1
Height: 5-10   Weight: 189
Position: SS  Pos2: FS
Class/Draft Year: rSo/2024

40 Low: 4.40
   40 Time: 4.49
  40 High: 4.58
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Weight: 189

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 Data Scout Notes: 2020: 2ndC/ARTC...ThorpeSemifinalist...(+) Coming off Aug 2020 Knee INJ

 Jalen Catalon, Arkansas, Player News

  04/09/21 - SS Jalen CatalonrSo/2024, Arkansas, 5-10, 189 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  After putting together the kind of season that has come along only once over the last decade-plus, Jalen Catalon had one thing on his mind during the offseason. That was to become a more consistent player, he said Tuesday following Arkansas' 10th practice of the spring. Despite being the first SEC freshman since Tennessee's Eric Berry in 2007 to finish with at least 86 tackles and three interceptions, he's driven to be better. He totaled 99 tackles, broke up 4 passes and forced 2 fumbles although he missed the equivalent of one game in a 10-game All-SEC schedule due to targeting disqualifications.

Catalon, too, was a first-team Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, the first Razorback to earn the nod since Dre Greenlaw in 2015. But he has continued to work as if he was snubbed by voters. "I feel like I led more just by the way I play, but I realized that people pick up off my energy, and I feel like my words hold power to our defense and they listen," Catalon said. "I'm trying to be more of a leader as far as like me communicating that and showing my actions, and just being a consistent player to help my defense. "I feel like I made a lot of plays, but there were also a lot of plays I left out there last year in watching film with my coach this past year." - Northwest Arkansas Times


(DS#1 SS) rSo/2024 SS Jalen CatalonArkansas
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  01/19/21 - SS Jalen CatalonrSo/2024, Arkansas, 5-10, 189 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  University of Arkansas safety Jalen Catalon capped off an outstanding season on Monday by being named to the first-team Freshman All-American unit selected by the Football Writers Association of America. Catalon, a redshirt freshman from Mansfield, Texas, is the first Razorback voted onto the FWAA Freshman All-America team since linebacker Dre Greenlaw in 2015. The 5-10, 189-pounder racked up 99 tackles, 4 pass breakups, 3 interceptions and 2 forced fumbles despite missing the equivalent of one game in the Razorbacks' all-SEC schedule. - Northwest Arkansas Times

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  12/28/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSo/2024, Arkansas, 5-10, 189 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  2020 SEC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (COACHES): DB Jalen Catalon, Arkansas,...The dynamic defensive back leads all FBS freshmen with 99 total tackles while also posting 2.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. His 9.9 tackles per game lead all FBS freshmen and rank fourth among all SEC players. He made a career-best 16 tackles against LSU, and totaled five games of 12 or more tackles, second in the country behind Morgan. - Arkansas Football

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  12/28/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSo/2024, Arkansas, 5-10, 189 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  2020 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Jalen Catalon, Arkansas,...Catalon becomes the first Arkansas DB since Tramain Thomas in 2010 to earn All-SEC recognition and is the first DB to earn the honor from the league's coaches since Michael Grant in 2007. Catalon is the only player in the FBS to make 95+ tackles with three interceptions this season and is the first SEC freshman since Tennessee's Eric Berry in 2007 to have at least 86 stops and three picks. - Arkansas Football

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  12/07/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSo/2024, Arkansas, 5-10, 189 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  2020 PAYCOM JIM THORPE AWARD SEMIFINALIST: Jalen Catalon, Arkansas, R-Freshman,...Catalon leads all FBS freshmen with 89 total tackles and 48 solo tackles while adding 2.0 tackles for loss, four passes broken up, one fumble recovery, two forced fumbles and three interceptions. He is the only player in the country to have 85 or more tackles and three interceptions this season and become the first Razorback to pick off a pass in back-to-back games since at least 1997. His three total interceptions are tied for second-most in the SEC. Catalon returned his first career interception 35 yards for a touchdown in Arkansas' 33-21 win over Ole Miss. - Arkansas Football

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  11/26/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSo/2024, Arkansas, 5-10, 189 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  Coach Sam Pittman took issue on social media Monday when he felt an Arkansas fan seemed to suggest he wasn't taking up for safety Jalen Catalon, who was ejected on a controversial targeting penalty in the second half against LSU. The Tigers completed a touchdown drive eight plays after Catalon's ejection to take a 27-24 lead that would hold up. Someone who identified himself as an Arkansas fan had this to say in response to a media member's Twitter post quoting Pittman as saying Catalon would have to miss the first half and there was no way to overturn the ruling: "I get it Coach Pittman is a great guy but sometimes for the long term betterment for your program you got to stand up and call it/who for what it is!"

Pittman did not like what he felt was the implied meaning of the post, that he felt Pittman wasn't standing up for Catalon by not calling out the SEC. "Twitter gives guys like you opportunities to set behind a cell phone and tweet out random things that you have NO idea what you're talking about," Pittman replied. "I can take a lot of remarks but for you to say I don't take up for my players is as far from being correct as you possibly can be." - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  11/21/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSo/2024, Arkansas, 5-10, 189 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  Safety Jalen Catalon's reputation as a hard-striking defender is growing. It's an issue receivers who cross the middle of the field must be aware of when preparing for the Razorbacks. Catalon, who has 10 first-half tackles in each of the past two games, delivered a hit on Florida's Trent Whittemore in the first half that sent the 6-4, 208-pound freshman out of the game. The Athletic reported on Monday that Whittemore suffered a broken rib and a punctured lung in the game. In the second half, Justin Shorter dropped a pass over the middle after a huge shoulder-led shot by Catalon that popped the wideout's helmet off. Shorter acted strangely after the big hit, walking behind the Gators' line of scrimmage toward their sideline with no helmet and needing a minute to compose himself as the game was paused. Shorter returned a few plays later. - Northwest Arkansas Times

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  11/09/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSo/2024, Arkansas, 5-10, 189 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  NOV 9 SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jalen Catalon, DB, Arkansas,...Made 12 tackles with an interception and a forced fumble in Arkansas' win over Tennessee...Registered 10 tackles in the first quarter...Intercepted his second pass of the year in the end zone on Tennessee's last offensive play, sealing the Razorbacks' third win of the season...Part of a defense that limited Tennessee to 107 passing yards, the Vols' lowest since 2017 against Alabama (44 yards)...For the season, is the only FBS freshman to have 50+ tackles (58) and multiple interceptions (2)...Since 2000, has the most tackles by any SEC freshman in the season's first six games. - SEC Football

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  11/06/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSo/2024, Arkansas, 5-10, 189 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  Big hits from Catalon have occurred on nearly a weekly basis. Tone-setting type hits from the big-bodied safety against Georgia and Ole Miss certainly stand out. A jarring hit freed a would-be completion at Auburn, too. But he perhaps goes for the body blow too much for Pittman's liking. "He's going to have to slow down and wrap up a little bit every now and then," Pittman said. "He'll miss some tackles that certainly he wanted to make. But you don't want to take that physicality away from him because he'll also kind of knock you out. "We'd like to keep the knockout part and maybe wrap up a little bit more."

Pittman reiterated, though, that Catalon - third on the team with 46 tackles, including a team-high 30 solos - is the most important player in the back end of the Razorbacks' defense. He will play a vital role for Arkansas against Tennessee as it looks to win its second consecutive home game Saturday. The Razorbacks have not won back-to-back SEC home games since 2016. "He's aware of what teams are doing because he watches a tremendous amount of film," Pittman said. "So does the whole secondary back there, but very, very, very valuable to our football team as a young man and as a player. - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  10/23/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSo/2024, Arkansas, 5-10, 189 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  Jalen Catalon saw nothing but green grass in front of him. Well, green grass and Matt Corral. But the redshirt freshman made quick work of the Ole Miss quarterback, slipping past his half-hearted attempt at a tackle and cruising into the end zone for a tone-setting touchdown. A native of Mansfield, Texas, Catalon returned his first career interception for a 35-yard score that put the Razorbacks up 17-0 over the Rebels early in the second quarter Saturday. For Corral, who entered Week 4 with only one pick to his name, it was his second interception in as many attempts. "We were just in a zone coverage, just reading the quarterback and he rolled out and I read his eyes," Catalon said Tuesday, recalling the sequence. "I just broke on the ball and made the play and had my eyes on the end zone and took it home from there. It was a great feeling.

"I credit my D-line because without them all the interceptions that happened that day wouldn't have happened, so credit to those guys and everybody else who did their job. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. I made the play." Catalon made the play because that is what he knows to do. Razorbacks linebacker Grant Morgan labeled the safety a technician. "Linebackers have a joke about him," Morgan noted. "We call him Ironman because we always know he's going to be able to make us right if we mess up. Just be able to have that at that time of the game just shows that no matter what happened we were able to capitalize on their mistakes and we were just able to play our defense. "We kept saying the whole game who is going to be the guy to make the play? Who is going to be the guy that does their job so good that it ends up making the difference in the game?" - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  10/21/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSo/2024, Arkansas, 5-10, 189 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  Chad Morris called Jalen Catalon "one of the top five high school players" he ever saw. Turns out the former unsuccessful Arkansas Razorbacks coach now Auburn offensive coordinator successfully recruited perhaps one of the best safeties that Arkansas has ever seen. Umpteen chapters remain before archiving Catalon's place in Razorbacks history, but four games into 2020 the redshirt freshman from Mansfield, Texas posts a season reminiscent of past Razorbacks great safeties Steve Atwater, a NFL Hall of Famer, Kenoy Kennedy, and All-Americans Ken Hamlin and the late Martine Bercher. For first-year Coach Sam Pittman's Razorbacks, 2-2 after thwarting Ole Miss, 33-21 Saturday at Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Catalon already has made 45 tackles, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, broken up two passes and intercepted one returned for a 35-yard touchdown.

Call Catalon a catalyst. A catalyst in Pittman and first-year defensive coordinator/safeties coach Barry Odom converting the pathetically porous 2018 and 2019 Arkansas defenses on consecutive 2-10 overall/0-8 in the SEC teams under Morris and defensive coordinator John Chavis into earning 2020 national renown. Catalon the catalyst takes it from there. Tangibly and intangibly. Catalon's excelling every game stats speak tangibly. Intangibly, though respectively UA arriving the same year and just one year later, redshirt freshman walk-on starting cornerback Hunter Clark with three interceptions against Ole Miss, and true freshman starting cornerback Khari Johnson look to Catalon like a veteran senior. "Man he does everything!" Clark said during Saturday's postgame. "He took me and Khari under his wing this week. He took us into watch film. He's been a real leader for this defense." - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  10/18/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSo/2024, Arkansas, 5-10, 189 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  Arkansas safety Jalen Catalon and linebacker Drew Morgan each had interception returns for touchdowns. Catalon's 35-yard return gave Arkansas a 17-0 lead with 10:40 left in the second quarter. Morgan's 23-yard return with 3:07 left put the Razorbacks ahead 33-21. Arkansas has three interception returns for touchdowns this season, including Greg Brooks' 69-yarder at Mississippi State. It's the first time the Razorbacks have had three interception returns for touchdowns in a season since 2016 when Ryan Pulley against Texas State, Henre Toliver against Alcorn State and Santos Ramirez against Florida did it. - Northwest Arkansas Times

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  10/15/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSo/2024, Arkansas, 5-10, 189 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  Jalen Catalon, a redshirt freshman safety, led the Razorbacks with 14 tackles at Auburn. He's tied for the team lead with linebacker Bumper Pool with 36 tackles and leads with 26 solo stops. Linebacker Grant Morgan is third with 33 tackles and defensive end Zach Williams is fourth with 17. - Northwest Arkansas Times

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  08/20/20 - SS Jalen CatalonrSo/2024, Arkansas, 5-10, 189 (DS#1 SS) + More +

  Arkansas redshirt freshman defensive back Jalen Catalon is going to miss some practice time after having a procedure to repair meniscus on a knee, sources told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Catalon is expected to miss about four weeks following the procedure. The 5-10, 189-pounder from Mansfield, Texas, was one of the top signees in the Razorbacks' 2019 signing class. He is expected to compete for playing time at safety. Catalon had major knee surgery as a prep senior at Mansfield Legacy High and needed shoulder surgery late in his redshirt season at Arkansas last year. - Northwest Arkansas Times

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