Terrence Toliver
No. 80     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-05-07) May 7, 1988 (age 32)
Place of birth: Hempstead, Texas
Career information
College: LSU
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Houston Texans ( 2011)*
Roster status: Free Agent
CFL status: International
Career highlights and awards
* BCS national champion (2008)
Receptions     146
Receiving yards     2,176
Receiving touchdowns     16
Stats at

Terrence Lee Toliver (born May 7, 1988) is a free agentCanadian football wide receiver previously for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and is currently a free agent. In 2011, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Texans and later played for the Detroit Lions that year. He played college football for the LSU Tigers. He was LSU's leading receiver in 2010 and was selected as the offensive most valuable player in the 2011 Cotton Bowl Classic. In 53 games at LSU, Toliver totaled 126 catches for 1,820 yards.

Early yearsEdit

Toliver attended Hempstead High School in Hempstead, Texas. He had 44 receptions for 869 yards and six touchdowns as a senior and 50 receptions for 785 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior.

Toliver was rated the number one wide receiver in the nation by and[1][2][3] He committed to LSU in February 2007.[4][5]

College careerEdit

As a true freshman in 2007, Toliver started two of 14 games, finishing with 10 receptions for 249 yards and three touchdowns. After the season, he was named to the Southeastern Conference all-freshman team.[6][7] As a sophomore in 2008 he started 2 of 13 games, making 22 receptions for 257 yards and a touchdown and emerging as LSU's No. 3 receiver.[8][9][10]

In 2009, Toliver became a starter after Demetrius Byrd was drafted into the NFL.[11][12][13][14] In the 2009 season opener against Washington, he caught four passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns.[15][16][17] He finished the season with 53 catches for 735 yards.[18] In the 2010 Capital One Bowl against Penn State, he had six catches for 81 yards.[19]

Before the start of the 2010 season, Toliver broke his hand and was tasered by police in a fight outside a Tigerland bar.[20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28] As a senior in 2010, Toliver returned from a hand injury to become LSU's lead receiver.[29][30][31][32][33][34][35] He started all 13 games for LSU and finished the season with 41 receptions for 579 yards.[36] Against Florida, he had six catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns and scored the winning touchdown with six seconds left in the game.[37][38][39][40]

In his final game for LSU, he caught five passes for 112 yards and three touchdowns against Texas A&M in the 2011 Cotton Bowl Classic.[41][42][43][44] He was selected as the most valuable offensive player in the game.[45][46] He also tied a Cotton Bowl record with three touchdown catches.[47] Commenting on returning to his home state of Texas to play in his final collegiate game, Tolliver said:

I had a lot of family support here today. Playing in Jerry's World, the new Texas Stadium, just playing back at home, I always wanted to do this. Play a Texas school and come out with a victory.[48]

Toliver was also selected to play for the East All-Star team in the 2011 East–West Shrine Game.[49] Although he did not make a catch in the Shrine Game, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay noted, "Terrence Toliver of LSU has had a big week. He's really showed he could be a playmaker and get down the field and catch the ball over his head."[50][51]

Professional careerEdit

Houston TexansEdit

Toliver went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft.[52][53][54] He signed as a free agent with the Houston Texans on July 26, 2011.[55][56] The Texans waived Toliver off injured reserve with injury settlement on September 12, 2011.[57]

Detroit LionsEdit

Toliver was signed to the Lions practice squad in 2011. On August 27, 2012, Toliver was cut by the Lions.[58]

Chicago BearsEdit

On January 7, 2013, Toliver was signed by the Bears.[59] Toliver was waived on July 31 in order for the Bears to meet the 53-man roster.[60]

San Diego ChargersEdit

On September 5, 2013, Toliver was signed by the San Diego Chargers.[61]

Chicago Bears (II) Edit

Toliver was brought back by the Bears on October 28, 2013.[62] He was waived on July 31, 2014 with an injury settlement.[63]

Hamilton Tiger-CatsEdit

On April 8, 2015, Toliver was signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.[64] Terrence Toliver had a decent first season in the CFL, catching 48 passes for 678 yards with 6 touchdowns. He took a step forward in the 2016 season, catching 65 passes for 1,036 yards with 9 touchdowns. During the first game of the 2017 season Toliver suffered a torn ACL and MCL injury on a tackle from former teammate Cassius Vaughn, resulting in him missing the remainder of the season.[65] After recovering, Toliver played in 12 games for Hamilton in 2018, but finished on the injured list again. Toliver did catch 32 passes for 456 yards and one major. He was not re-signed for the 2019 season and is currently a free agent.


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  2. "Terrence Toliver Recruiting Profile". Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  3. Brent Zwerneman (January 5, 2011). "LSU's Toliver, Lee bolted Brazos Valley: A&M's old offense was bad fit for star recruits in its own backyard". San Antonio News.
  4. "Toliver makes pledge to LSU". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). February 7, 2007. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  5. "Wide receiver announced commitment to LSU on Tuesday: Toliver is LSU's first five-star of 2007". The Daily Reveille. February 7, 2007. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. Retrieved October 12, 2011.
  6. "LSU freshman duo honored". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). December 7, 2007.
  7. "WR Toliver impressing older Tigers". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). July 18, 2007.
  8. "Waiting for his turn: Tigers aim to take advantage of sophomore Toliver's talent". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). August 25, 2008.
  9. "Bigger and better: Improved Toliver emerges as LSU's No. 3 wide receiver". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). November 26, 2008.
  10. Amos Morale (November 25, 2008). "Wide receiver starting to make noise". The Daily Reveille. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012.
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  12. "WR Tolliver battling for playing time". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). August 29, 2009.
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  14. Jim Kleinpeter (August 18, 2010). "Terrence Toliver gives LSU another weapon". The Times-Picayune (New Orleans).
  15. Andy Schwehm (September 9, 2009). "Toliver has break-out game in Washington". The Daily Reveille. Archived from the original on September 11, 2012.
  16. "Toliver gets first two-TD game". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). September 8, 2009.
  17. "Just enough: Toliver's two TDs leads LSU to victory". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). September 6, 2009.
  18. "LaFell, Toliver blowing by rest of SEC". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). November 6, 2009.
  19. "All too familiar: LSU season ends with loss to PSU in Capital One". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). January 2, 2010.
  20. Glenn Guilbeau (March 7, 2010). "LSU WR Terrance Toliver, hoops freshman Dennis Harris arrested". USA Today.
  21. John Taylor (March 8, 2010). "'Fistic encounter' lands LSU WR on wrong end of taser". NBC Sports.
  22. "Hand broken, Toliver apologizes for bar fight". NBC Sports. March 10, 2010.
  23. "LSU's Toliver apologizes for altercation". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). March 10, 2010.
  24. Chris Low (March 8, 2010). "LSU's Toliver cited for his role in fight".
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  26. Rachel Whittaker (March 10, 2010). "Toliver misses practice Tuesday with broken left hand". The Daily Reveille. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012.
  27. "Toliver returns to LSU spring practice, makes catches with cast". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). March 12, 2010.
  28. "LSU wide receiver Toliver, forward Harris issued citations". The Daily Reveille. March 7, 2010. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012.
  29. "Terrence Toliver comes back stronger at LSU after hand injury". The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA). August 17, 2010.
  30. "His time to lead: Toliver helps guide young wide receivers". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). August 14, 2010.
  31. "Toliver enjoys being go-to guy again". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). October 16, 2010.
  32. "After a couple of costly bobbles earlier in his LSU career, Terrence Toliver clamped down, determined to stop the drops". The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA). October 14, 2010.
  33. "Toliver: I want the ball". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). October 12, 2010.
  34. Rob Landry (October 11, 2010). "Receiver Terrence Toliver and quarterback Lee have special bond". The Daily Reveille. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012.
  35. Luke Johnson (August 26, 2010). "Lauded wide receiver enters his senior season, looks to leave a successful legacy". The Daily Reveille. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012.
  36. "Numbers don't tell Toliver's story". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). December 31, 2010. Archived from the original on July 20, 2012.
  37. "Size advantage pays for Toliver: Tigers go to 6-5 WR for game-winner". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). October 10, 2010.
  38. "Toliver's TD helps No. 12 LSU fake out Florida". Tulsa World (Oklahoma). October 10, 2010.
  39. Dave Moormann (October 11, 2010). "LSU topples Florida with late touchdown". Weekly Citizen (Gonzales, Louisiana). Archived from the original on April 2, 2012.
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  41. "Jefferson, Toliver help LSU tower over Texas A&M in Cotton Bowl". USA Today. January 8, 2011.
  42. "Cotton Kings: Jefferson, Toliver lift Tigers over Aggies". The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA). January 8, 2011.
  43. "Cotton bowl No. 11 LSU 41, No. 18 Texas A&M 24: Rotten Cotton for Ags Mistake-prone offense, porous defense sink hopes; Toliver's 3 TDs ignite Tigers". Houston Chronicle (Texas). January 8, 2011.
  44. "Terrence Toliver's fingertips lift LSU". January 7, 2011.
  45. "LSU WR And Hempstead Product Terrence Toliver Named Offensive MVP". January 8, 2011.[dead link]
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  47. "LSU's Toliver relentless in victory over Aggies". Austin American-Statesman (TX). January 9, 2011.
  48. "Hempstead's Terrence Toliver wraps up college career in style". January 9, 2011.[dead link]
  49. Michael Lambert (January 19, 2011). "LSU players Barksdale, Toliver in East-West Shrine Game". The Daily Reveille. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012.
  50. "Football: Toliver fails to shine in Shrine game; Cotton Bowl MVP fails to record catch, as East wins 25-8". Daily Reveille. January 23, 2011. Archived from the original on April 7, 2012.
  51. Bucky Brooks (January 19, 2011). "LSU's gazelle-like receiver Toliver impressing at Shrine practice". Retrieved October 11, 2011.
  52. "Tigers' Toliver upbeat despite not being drafted". The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA). May 2, 2011.
  53. Jim Kleinpeter (May 2, 2011). "LSU receiver Terrence Toliver now has to wait after NFL draft". The Times Picayune.
  54. Michael Lambert (May 1, 2011). "Toliver, Jasper left out as six former Tigers taken in draft". The Daily Reveille. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012.
  55. "Toliver glad to be a Texan: LSU receiver 1 of 18 undrafted free agents signed". Houston Chronicle. July 27, 2011.
  56. Jim Kleinpeter (July 26, 2011). "LSU wide receiver Terrance Toliver agrees to terms with Houston Texans". The Times Picayune.
  57. "NFL Transaction Wire: 9/12-9/18".
  58. "Archived copy".
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  62. "Bears Sign Jordan Palmer, Make Several Other Roster Moves". WBBM-TV. October 28, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  63. "Bears waive WR Tolliver, sign ex-Illini OL Pocic". Chicago Tribune. July 31, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
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  65. "Report: Ticats WR Toliver out for season - Article - TSN". TSN. June 27, 2017.

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