A.J. Jefferson
A.J.  Jefferson

Bakersfield, Calif.

High School:

Fresno State: One of the fastest players on the Bulldog team and when healthy is a game-breaking threat ... the active NCAA kick return specialist with an average of 32.25 yards per return in his career and has an NCAA high of three touchdowns ... owns Bulldog records for most career kickoff touchdown returns (3) and most in a season (2) ... only player in Bulldog history with kick returns for touchdowns in consecutive games ... named the WAC Special Teams Player of the Week four times in his career ... will contend for All-America honors as a kick return specialist and expected to see action as a starting cornerback ... preseason All-America selection by several magazines each of the last two seasons ... brings blazing speed to special teams and the defense ... played in 33 games in his career. (2008) Ranked No. 5 in the NCAA in kickoff return average at 29.3 ... played in 11 games, starting the first six of the season ... made 31 tackles on defense and special teams ... had a career-high 11 tackles, 8 of them solos against No. 10 Wisconsin ... had four pass deflections ... named WAC Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Nevada with 241 kick return yards, including a 92-yard touchdown ... missed two games due to an injury, including the New Mexico Bowl. (2007) The NCAA leader in kickoff return average (35.8 yards), outdistancing the closest kickoff returner by two yards ... selected to a couple All-America teams ... scored two touchdowns on kickoff returns and returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown against Nevada ... was selected the WAC Special Teams Player of the Week three times ... in 10 games as a cornerback, he had 37 tackles and broke up three passes. (2006) Had seven tackles in 12 games of action as a special teams player and in nickel and dime packages ... had one pass deflection.

High School: Despite not playing football until his junior season, this talented two-way player helped lead West High to a Section title ... a versatile athlete who led the squad with 43 receptions for 901 yards and eight touchdowns, fourth-most yards in Kern County ... averaged 21 yards per reception ... had two carries for 53 yards and a 38-yard touchdown ... on defense, he had 52 total tackles, six interceptions with 170 return yards, blocked two punts and six field goals ... had one blocked punt and two blocked field goals against South High ... led West to a 12-1 record and section championship win over Tulare Union ... select first-team all-area as a defensive back.

Personal: Born April 4, 1988 in Bakersfield, Calif. ... parents' names are Tahlia Orange and Anthony Jefferson ... prefers to go by the name A.J. ... enjoys playing video games and sleeping ... admires his grandfather because he inspires him to do what is best.

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