After beginning his career at Rutgers as a highly touted QB prospect, Jefferson switched to TE midway through preseason camp his redshirt freshman year … went on to start 43 of 50 games, catching 47 passes for 560 yards and two TDs.
2012: Started all 13 games during his final season at Rutgers and posted career highs with 20 receptions for 168 yards, while adding one TD … invited to play in the East-West Shrine game after the season … snagged first TD catch of the season on a 10-yard toss from QB Gary Nova in the fourth quarter of the 35-10 victory at Temple … posted two receptions in the Russell Athletic Bowl vs. Virginia Tech.
2011: Named to the preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, honoring the nation’s best TE … appeared in all 13 games with nine starts and caught 12 passes for 118 yards.
2010: Named the starting TE entering the season and started 11 of 12 games played, finishing the year with 10 receptions for 166 yards and a TD … set career-highs in receptions (4) and receiving yards (57) vs. Connecticut … hauled in a career-long 53-yard pass at Army … caught a 24-yard pass from WR Mohamed Sanu for his first career TD at Florida International.
2009: Switched from QB to tight end midway through preseason camp and earned starting role by the second game ... started 10 games, including each of the final five contests ... made collegiate debut and first career start vs. Howard and hauled in a 46-yard reception.
2008: Redshirted as a freshman after beginning the season as a QB on the scout team.
Attended Winter Haven (FL) High School and ended his prep career as one of the most sought after QBs in the nation, ranked as the 16th QB prospect in the country by Rivals.com … a three-year starter, Jefferson was named the Winter Haven News Chief Offensive Player of the Year as a senior when he threw for 1,627 yards and 17 TDs en route to all-county honors from the Lakeland Ledger … selected to play in the Offense-Defense National All-Star game in Fort Lauderdale, FL … passed for 1,148 yards and eight TDs as a junior and was named News Chief All-Area second team … Business Education major.
Head Coach Bruce Arians talks to the media on Friday about Larry Fitzgerald's injury status, as well as the upcoming game against the Atlanta Falcons.