Player Profile – WR Jerheme Urban

As the lockout continues, we are trying to provide a very personal look at some of the little known players on the roster that might be able to step up and provide help on the field during the 2011 season. Last week we featured LB Micah Johnson. Today, we look at Jerheme Urban.


Jerheme Urban is all Texas. He grew up on a working cattle ranch, won awards for animals that he raised. And he played football, played it quite well on the high school and small college levels. On the NFL level, injuries have held him back including a finger tendon injury last year that saw him spent the entire 2010 Chiefs season on the injured-reserve list.

PERSONAL FILE

  • Jerheme Wayne Urban.
  • Position – Wide receiver.
  • College – Trinity University.
  • Born – November 26, 1980 in Victoria, Texas.
  • Grew Up – Victoria, Texas. A city of approximately 120,000 people in a three-county metro area, Victoria sits in south-central Texas and is two hours away from Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio and Austin. It’s 30 to 50 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Family – Parents are Wayne Urban and Rhonda Hooper. Stepfather is Jon Hooper. Younger brother is Caleb, who also played wide receiver at Trinity University. Wife – Married Emily Goodwin in ’06. They have a one-year old daughter Liesl. Emily competed in track at Trinity University.  

PRO FOOTBALL TIME-LINE

2003

May 1 – After not being selected in the 2003 NFL Draft, Urban signed as a college free agent with Seattle.

August 31 – Urban was released by the Seahawks.

September 1 – After clearing waivers, he was signed to the Seattle practice squad.

December 26 – Signed to active roster and was inactive for the final game of ’03 regular season and the Seahawks game in the playoffs.

2004

September 9 – Urban was released by the Seahawks.

September 10 – He was signed to the Seattle practice squad for the second consecutive season.

November 5 – Promoted by the Seahawks to the active roster, Urban played in seven games with one start in ’04 season.

November 7 – Urban’s first game was at San Francisco where he caught his first pass for 17 yards.

2005

February 8 – He signed again with Seattle.

September 14 – Urban was released by the Seahawks for the third time in his career.

September 15 – He’s added to the Seattle practice squad again.

October 4 – Once again, he’s signed with the Seahawks and Urban played in four games during the ’05 season, before he suffered another foot injury and was placed on the injured reserve list.

2006

March 1 – He became a free agent when the Seahawks did not tender him an offer as a restricted free agent.

October 19 – Urban was signed by the Dallas Cowboys to their practice squad.

2007

January 10 – He signed as a free agent with Dallas.

September 1 – Urban was released by the Cowboys in the final pre-season roster cutdown.

September 2 – The Arizona Cardinals claimed him off waivers from the Cowboys.

2008

March 27 – Re-signed with the Cardinals, Urban spent the next two seasons with Arizona.

2010

March 11 – Urban signed with the Chiefs as a free agent.

INJURIES

  • November 26, 2004 – In a Monday night game against Dallas, Urban suffers a hairline fracture of his right foot. He missed the next four games and a post-season game because of the injury.
  • November 9, 2005 – placed on injured-reserve list for the rest of the ’05 season with another hairline fracture of his right foot.
  • September 2, 2010 – He suffered a torn flexor tendon in the ring finger of his right hand while blocking in the pre-season game against Green Bay.
  • September 4, 2010 – Urban was placed on the injured-reserve list for the rest of the ’10 season.
  • September 7, 2010 – Surgery was performed on Urban’s torn finger tendon with a rehab period expected to take 10 to 12 weeks.

BODY OF WORK

  • Height – 6-feet, 3 inches.
  • Weight – 212 pounds.
  • 40-yard dash – timed anywhere from 4.2 to 4.45 seconds over his football career.

Year

Team

G

GS

Rec

Yds

Avg

Lg

TD

20+

40+

1st

2003

Seattle

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2004

Seattle

7

1

6

117

19.5

33

1

2

0

4

2005

Seattle

4

1

7

151

21.6

46

0

4

1

7

2006

Dallas

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2007

Arizona

10

2

22

329

15.0

42

2

7

1

16

2008

Arizona

16

2

34

448

13.2

56

4

6

2

19

2009

Arizona

10

0

18

186

10.3

40

0

1

1

9

2010

CHIEFS

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTAL

 

47

6

87

1,231

14.1

56

7

29

5

55

Passing – 1 of 1 for 18 yards. Kick returns – 2 for 1-yard. Tackles – 15 tackles, 2 assists. Fumbles – 1 lost fumble. In four games in the playoffs with the Cardinals in the ’08 season, he caught 6 passes for 48 yards.

COLLEGE

Urban was part of the class of 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in History and English at Trinity University, in San Antonio, Texas. Trinity is an NCAA Division III school in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Football and track kept Urban very busy at Trinity as he became one of the most honored male athletes in SCAC history and established marks in the school and conference record book that still stand.

Football

In four seasons playing for head coach Steve Mohr, Urban established a host of school records for single season and career production over his 45 games on the field for Tigers. Earlier this year, he was named to the Division III All-Decade football team. He holds the following records:

Single Season – All-Purpose Yardage with 1,999 yards in 2002; Touchdowns scored with 19 in ’02; Touchdown catches with 17 in ’02; Kickoff returns (24) and yards returned (611) both in 2002.

Career – Touchdowns with 40; Touchdown catches, tied for first with 25; Kickoff return yardage with 1,000. Urban was second in receptions (191), receiving yardage (2,962) and points scored (240).

2002 – The Tigers ran all the way to the NCAA Division III Championship game, the Stagg Bowl, where they lost to Mt. Union 48-7. Trinity finished the season 14-1 and 4-1 in the playoffs. Urban had his career best numbers across the board, as a receiver, runner and kick returner. His best game was against Texas Lutheran, when he had 184 receiving yards.

2001 – An ankle sprain knocked Urban out of the lineup for two games, as the Tigers went 9-2 on the season, while winning the SCAC championship. He had two different games where he caught 11 passes and actually turned in a pair of TDs running the ball.

2000 – Urban had a strong season as he got opportunities to play for the first time. Trinity went 10-3 and won the conference title. The Tigers then went 2-1 in the NCAA playoffs. In the post-season, he had a big game against Hardin-Simmons, when he caught 12 passes for 178 yards and a TD.

1999 – In his freshman season, Urban saw action in just six games and caught just three passes. Trinity went 12-1 and won the SCAC title.

Year

G

S

Rec

Yds

TD

KR

Yds

Rush

Yds

TD

2002

15

14

75

1,274

17

24

611

20

110

1

2001

9

7

50

701

10

10

271

15

83

2

2000

13

6

63

944

8

3

74

5

25

0

1999

6

0

3

43

0

2

44

0

0

0

Totals

43

27

191

2,962

35

39

1,000

40

218

3

Track

Urban was named the conference’s male Track Athlete of the Year in four consecutive seasons, the only athlete in conference history to achieve that status. He holds school and/or conference records in the 100 meters, 400 meters, 400-meter hurdles, long jump, triple jump, javelin and 4×400 relay. In four seasons, he qualified for Division III national track meet

His personal bests during his college career were:

  • 100 meters – 10.6 seconds in 2003.
  • 200 meters – 22.16 seconds in 2003.
  • 400 meters – 48.33 seconds in 2003.
  • 400-meter hurdles – 52.89 seconds in 2002.
  • Long Jump – 23-feet, 2 inches in 2001.
  • Triple Jump – 47-feet, 8 inches in 2003.
  • Javelin – 190-feet, 2 inches in 2003.

At the SCAC championships over four seasons he won the following events – triple jump (4x), long jump (2x), javelin (2x), 400-meter hurdles (2x), 100 meters (1x), 400 meters (1x). In four conference championships he totaled 171.5 points for the Tigers.

HIGH SCHOOL

Urban was a member of the graduating class of 1999 at Stroman High School in Victoria, Texas. This was one of two high schools in Victoria that eventually merged after Urban graduated and then became extinct when the Victoria Independent School District created two new high schools, East and West. Stroman is now a middle school.

While part of the Raiders sports programs, Urban participated in football, soccer and track & field. He played quarterback and was named second-team District 29 5A in both his junior and senior seasons.

WHAT OTHERS SAY

Former high school teammate Billy Lagal – “He always took the initiative to make sure everyone was on the same page, always looking for input from his teammates. He was always available to lend a helping hand, to give advice.”

Former high school teammate Travis Munro – “He’s the perfect example of what hard work will do for you. I consider him a freak athlete. But for him the level he’s on, he considers himself a hard worker with guys who are more talented.


2 Responses to “Player Profile – WR Jerheme Urban”

  • June 21, 2011  - Tokyo Tim says:

    It would be great to see Urban make the team this year as a regular contributor. I would be happy with 20 catches for 300 yards and 2 TDs from him. I wonder if we could also see a little of him as a kick returner or gunner.


  • June 21, 2011  - Slingblade says:

    Bob, how about some analysis of where he fits in on the team especially in light of our first round draft pick. Thanks.




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