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#7 Jalen Jefferson
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 235
Year: Senior
Hometown: Oxnard, CA
High School: Ventura St. Bonaventure HS
Experience: 3 Letters
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Jefferson is slated to begin the 2014 season as Cal’s starter at the SAM outside linebacker position after playing in 19 games and making 18 starts over the last two campaigns to co-lead all active Cal players on the defensive side of the ball in the latter category. Jefferson has compiled career totals of 111 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss (-30 yards), 4.5 sacks (-23 yards), one interception, four pass breakups and one fumble recovery. He ranks first among Cal’s active career leaders in sacks, tied for first in tackles for loss and second in tackles. He was third on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss and tied for third with 64 tackles as a 2013 sophomore.

Career Stats
Game Logs: 201420132012

Cal Career (2012 – Present)
► Has played in 19 games with 18 starts over the last two seasons of his first three campaigns with the program
► His 18 starts equal Michael Lowe for the most of any of the team’s active defensive players
► Has career totals of 111 tackles, 8.0 tackles for loss (-30 yards), 4.5 sacks (-23 yards), one interception, four pass breakups and one fumble recovery
► Ranks first among Cal’s active career leaders in sacks and sack yards, tied for first in tackles for loss, second in tackles and tackle for loss yards, tied for second in interceptions and fumble recoveries, and tied for third in pass breakups
► Had a career-high-tying 10 tackles both in a win over eventual Pac-12 Southern Division champion UCLA as a redshirt freshman in 2012 and vs. Ohio State during his 2013 sophomore campaign, while his 2.0 sacks and 2.0 tackles for loss vs. Arizona also as a sophomore were career highs as were his lone career interception at Colorado and fumble recovery at Oregon
► Changed to his current uniform No. 7 beginning with 2012 spring practices after spending the 2011 season as No. 13
Junior (2014)
► National honors candidate
► Fourth-team preseason All-Pac-12 according to Athlon and Phil Steele
► Listed as a starter at one outside linebacker spot on the preseason depth chart
► Had six tackles and one interception in the end zone in the spring game
Sophomore (2013)
► Started all 11 games he played in with the only contest he missed at UCLA due to injury
► Co-led the team with 3.0 sacks, two quarterback hurries and one interception with his -12 sack yards third on the club
► Also third on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss and tied for third with 64 tackles and his -19 tackle for loss yards, while adding one fumble recovery to tie for second on the team and two pass breakups
► Recorded a career-high-tying 10 tackles and one quarterback hurry vs. Ohio State, while he had a team-high nine tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss (-3 yards) in the season opener against Northwestern
► Registered seven tackles vs. Arizona when he also had career highs and team-leading totals of 2.0 sacks (-4 yards) and 2.0 tackles for loss (-4 yards) as well as a pass breakup
► Had seven tackles at Washington as well as 1.5 tackles for loss (-3 yards) and one pass breakup
► Posted seven tackles at Colorado to go along with 0.5 tackles for loss (-1 yard), his first career interception and one quarterback hurry
► Chalked up defensive stats in other games vs. Portland State (4 tackles; 1.0 sacks, -8 yards; 1.0 TFL, -8 yards), vs. Washington State (5 tackles), vs. Oregon State (5 tackles), vs. USC (5 tackles), at Stanford (3 tackles) and at Oregon (2 tackles, 1 fumble recovery)
Had a huge spring game with a game-high-tying six tackles, while leading the defense with 1.5 sacks (game-high -7 yards), co-leading the unit with 1.5 tackles for loss (-7 yards) and forcing a fumble
His spring game totals in sacks, tackles for loss as well as the forced fumble contributed to a combined 10 points for the defense in a scoring system that rewarded the defense for certain plays
Freshman (2012)
► Played in eight games with seven starts, making his first career start against Ohio State to begin a string of five consecutive starts
► Started the final two games vs. Oregon and at Oregon State
► Contributed 47 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss (-11 yards), 1.5 sacks (-11 yards), one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries
► Shared the team lead in tackles twice with a career-high-tying 10 stops in a win over Southern Division champion UCLA and eight in his collegiate debut against Southern Utah, adding 0.5 sacks (-5 yards) and 0.5 tackles for loss (-5 yards) against the Bruins with his the first stop of an opponent in the backfield in his career, as well as his first quarterback hurry and pass breakup vs. the Thunderbirds
► Also had eight tackles against Arizona State
► Posted six tackles in the season finale at Oregon State
► Had five tackles and a quarterback hurry at Washington State
► Registered four tackles at Ohio State
► Had three tackles against Oregon and at USC, adding a six-yard sack at Oregon that was the first full sack of his career

Freshman (2011)
► Redshirted
► Did not play
► Listed as the nation’s No. 59 freshman linebacker prior to the season by Phil Steele

Ventura St. Bonaventure HS (Class of 2011)
► Selected All-Region by Prepstar as a 2010 senior
► Led his squad to an 11-2 overall record and an 8-1 Marmonte League mark during his senior campaign when he was named the top linebacker in the conference and was a second-team GoldenStatePreps All-State choice, as well as a first-team GoldenStatePreps All-Southern California, All-CIF Section Northern Division, All-Ventura County and Ventura County Star selection
► Selected as his school’s Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame Male Athlete of the Year in 2011
► Recorded 110 tackles, 5.0 sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown as a senior
► Posted 70 tackles, 6.0 sacks and one interception return for a touchdown during his 2009 junior campaign to earn All-Channel League honors for a second consecutive season

Recruiting Rankings (Class of 2011)
► Listed by ESPN as the No. 37 outside linebacker in the nation, checked in at No. 38 according to Scout, while Rivals had him as the No. 41 "athlete" in the country as well as the No. 53 player overall from the state of California
► PrepStar’s No. 33 player overall in California/Hawaii/Nevada
► Garnered a three-star rating from ESPN, Rivals and Scout

► Full name is Jalen David Jefferson
► Born February 4, 1993
► Parents are David Jefferson and Nina Marie Vitug
► Major is legal studies

Jefferson's Career Game Highs
Tackles: 10 (twice, last vs. Ohio State, 2013)
Tackles For Loss: 2.0 (vs. Arizona, 2013)
Tackle For Loss Yards: 8 (vs. Portland State, 2013)
Sacks: 2.0 (vs. Arizona, 2013)
Sack Yards: 8 (vs. Portland State, 2013)
Fumble Recoveries: 1 (at Oregon, 2013)
Fumble Return Yards: 0 (at Oregon, 2013)
Long Fumble Return: 0 (at Oregon, 2013)
Interceptions: 1 (at Colorado, 2013)
Interception Return Yards: 0 (at Colorado, 2013)
Long Interception Return: 0 (at Colorado, 2013)
Quarterback Hurries: 1 (four times, last at Colorado, 2013)
Pass Breakups: 1 (three times, last vs. Arizona, 2013)
All-Purpose Yards: 0 (at Colorado, 2013)

Last Updated
August 20, 2014

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