As Texas A&M junior wide receiver Christian Kirk prepares for what is expected to be his final SEC game, he’s on the verge of completing an incredible run of consistency during his three years.
With two receptions Saturday against LSU, Kirk would post his 38th consecutive game with multiple catches.
In other words, all of his games since arriving in College Station in 2015.
As pointed out by the SEC Network a week ago, he’s not the conference’s first player to post a similarly long streak, even within the past decade. LSU’s Brandon LaFell had multiple receptions in 37 consecutive games during his career in Baton Rouge from 2007-09.
Christian Kirk is about as consistent as they come. pic.twitter.com/DF27BcWIy3
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) November 16, 2017
But it’s really, really hard to do.
Even the best receivers in the conference typically miss the occasional game because of injury, or go through a quiet game. That’s what happened to Alabama’s Calvin Ridley last season, when he caught only one pass in the College Football Playoff semifinal against Washington.
Similarly, Alabama’s Amari Cooper missed games against Colorado State and Georgia State in 2013, two-time SEC receiving champion Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt was held to one catch by Army in his sophomore season and Kirk’s former A&M teammate Josh Reynolds caught just one pass in 2015 against Ball State.
More remarkably, Kirk’s streak hasn’t really come close to ending. His only games with as few as two catches came in 2015 against Ole Miss (two receptions for 16 yards) and this season against Florida (two receptions for 44 yards).
Kirk’s numbers are down somewhat this season compared to his freshman and sophomore campaigns, largely because of the Aggies’ unstable situation at quarterback. He has 51 catches for 652 yards and six touchdowns in 2017, a drop from 83 catches for 928 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
In theory, of course, he could return to extend the streak to a truly unbreakable length next fall. But most analysts expect Kirk to head for the pro ranks and a likely early-round NFL draft selection.
Here’s a game-by-game breakdown of Kirk’s multiple-catch streak.
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