CAL CAREER (Updated Career Stats): Changed to his current uniform No. 7 beginning with 2012 spring practices after spending the 2011 season as No. 13.
2013: 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 ... listed as the starter at the "SAM” position on the preseason depth chart.
2012 (Game-by-Game Stats): Played in eight games with seven starts, making his first career start against Ohio State to begin a string of five consecutive starts … also 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 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.
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: 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 ... garnered a three-star rating from ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... selected All-Region by Prepstar as a 2010 senior and was the organization's No. 33 player overall in California/Hawaii/Nevada ... 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 … also 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.
OTHER: Full name is Jalen David Jefferson … born February 4, 1993 … parents are David Jefferson and Nina Marie Vitug … intended major is legal studies.
JEFFERSON’S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Tackles: 10 (vs. UCLA, 2012)
Tackles For Loss: 1.0 (vs. Oregon, 2012)
Tackle For Loss Yards: 6 (vs. Oregon, 2012)
Sacks: 1.0 (vs. Oregon, 2012)
Sack Yards: 6 (vs. Oregon, 2012)
Quarterback Hurries: 1 (twice, last at Washington State, 2012)
Pass Breakups: 1 (vs. Southern Utah, 2012)
LAST UPDATED: July 30, 2013