Started all 13 games at free safety ... named All-America Second Team by the Associated Press, CBSSports.com and FOXSportsNext.com ... named All-Big 12 First Team by AP and coaches ... named Academic All-Big 12 First Team ... ranked second in the Big 12 and led the team with 119 total tackles, the fourth-highest total in the nation by a defensive back this season ... led the Big 12 in total tackles in conference games with 91 stops ... also led the team in solo tackles and assisted tackles ... has reached double digits in tackles in seven games .. tallied a career-high 14 tackles against both Kansas State and Oklahoma State.
Honorable mention All-Big 12 by AP and coaches ... led the team with four interceptions ... third on the team with 74 tackles ... fourth on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss ... started 12 of 13 games ... career high three tackles for loss vs. Florida State as he finished with a team-high eight tackles ... tied an OU single-game record with three interceptions vs. Ball State ... picks ended three consecutive BSU drives ... had an interception and a sack vs. Texas ... tied for a team-high six tackles vs. Kansas State including one sack ... ended the regular season with nine tackles at Oklahoma State ... had nine games with at least five tackles.
Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year ... first team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News and CollegeFootballNews.com ... started nine of 14 games as a fifth defensive back ... had a career-high 12 tackles at Cincinnati ... broke up three passes against Florida State ... had one sack vs. Nebraska ... recovered a fumble against Missouri ... picked off a pass at Baylor ... had a 22-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Fiesta Bowl victory.
A four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com ... selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American game ... finished with 88 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, two fumbles caused and two fumbles recovered in 2008 ... had 1,328 yards rushing for 28 touchdowns in 2008 ... in 2007, recorded 77 tackles and three interceptions ... named first team all-state as a sophomore ... all-CIF, all-league and Defensive Player of the Year.
No. 4 safety (Rivals.com)
No. 7 athlete (Tom Lemming's MaxPreps)
No. 8 outside linebacker (Scout.com)
No. 10 player in California (Rivals.com)
No. 12 player in California (Scout.com)
No. 21 overall player (ESPN.com)
No. 62 overall player (Rivals.com)
No. 66 overall player (PrepStar)
No. 68 overall player (Tom Lemming's MaxPreps)
Son of Tony and Adria Jefferson ... father was an Olympic boxer ... multidisciplinary studies major.