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|Height: 6.06||Born: Detroit, MI|
|Weight: 325||College: North Carolina Central|
|Birthdate: 1987-12-16||Years: 5 BC / 5 CFL|
Jovan signed as an undrafted free agent with the Lions in 2010 and attended the club's training camp in June. He signed a contract extension prior to the 2013 season.
2013: In his fourth CFL season, Jovan anchored the offensive line from his right tackle position and played all 18 games for the club. Part of a five-man unit that showed steady improvement through the season, the line surrendered just seven sacks in the final four games of the regular season. Jovan’s consistent play netted him a West Division and CFL All-Star selection, the third consecutive league-wide honour for him.
2012: Jovan had yet another outstanding season in 2012 and was a key to the club’s league-low 30 sacks allowed. He was selected as the West Division’s Most Outstanding Lineman for the second time and went on to capture the league-wide title for the first time.
Jovan also earned his third straight West Division All-Star spot as well as a place on the CFL squad for a second consecutive season.
2011: He emerged as one of the CFL’s finest offensive linemen in 2011 after a season where he started all 20 games through the Western Final and Grey Cup. He was named to the West Division All-Star Team for the second straight year, as well as an All-CFL squad selection and received the West’s nod as the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman losing out in the Gibson’s Finest voting to Josh Bourke of Montreal.
Jovan played all 18 games for the second straight season and contributed to the club’s huge improvement from 65 sacks allowed in 2010 to a league-low 29 in 2011.
Games Played: Career: 72 Playoff: 4 Grey Cup: 1 (2011 w/BC)
2010-2013: Jovan has now played 72 regular season games over four seasons for the Leos without missing a start. In that time, he has collected four West Division and three CFL All-Star sections. In 2011 and 2012 he was the West Division’s nominee as Most Outstanding Lineman, taking home the award in 2012.
CFL All-Star: 2013, 2012,2011
CFL: 2012 Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman
West Division All-Star: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
West Division: 2012 and 2011 Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman
2005-2008: Jovan started his college career at Grand Rapids Community College after starring in high school and being named All-Downriver Area.
He transferred to North Carolina Central as a junior in 2007 and started at left guard for the Eagles' number one-rated offense.
After an outstanding junior season, Jovan was selected to the 2008 Preseason All-Independent First Team.
Jovan was a Sports Management major at NCCU and spends his off-seasons helping out at football camps and working out. Known as ‘Big O’ to friends, the Detroit native is partial to the stylings of Young Jeezy.
When not catching up on reruns of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Jovan can be found reading the Bible. He notes his Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) championship win in 2007 as his biggest football memory to date.