"The Unkown Soldier" - RB Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada




Born Stefphon Alexander Jefferson on Aug. 14, 1991 in Hanford, Calif. ... Son of George Jefferson and Naomi Jefferson ... Has two younger brothers, Joshua and Braydon and a younger sister Talia ... Wants to be a nutritionist ... Cousin Nikke Blue played basketball UCLA and in the WNBA ... Lists sports hero as Terrell Davis ... Best sports memory is winning the 2007-08 CIF Section Championship.

A graduate of El Diamante High School in Visalia, Calif. ... Was a four-year lettermen in football ... Helped lead team to CIF Section Championship game three years in a row, with a victory in 2007 ... Ran for 2,862 yards and 34 touchdowns ... As a senior in 2008, was the West Yosemite League Player of the Year and the Tulare County Player of the Year while also earning first-team all-league honors ... Was also named to the Fresno Bee's first-team all-area team ... Was a second-team all-league selection as a junior.

Stefphon Jefferson (5-11, 195) rushed for over 600 yards last season in a backup role. He played FB as well as RB, but he will be the main rushing threat for the Miners this season. He has excellent size, speed, agility, and hands. While he can play FB, everyone is recruiting him as a RB.

Jefferson says Texas A&M, Duke, Boise State, and Cal Poly are recruiting him the hardest. He hopes to take a few unofficial visits before the summer is over, notably to College Station. He remains open with Fresno State, BYU, Miami (OH), and Hawaii also showing interest.

With passing league over, he is focused on the Skills Camp at College of Sequoias in early August. We caught up with at the Redwood Passing Tournament this past Saturday in Visalia. Watch his interview and highlights from the passing tourney…

Stefphon Jefferson Interview and Highlights -- Watch Video

Check out his highlights from the Stanford Nike Camp on May 17.

Jefferson Nike Camp Highlights -- Watch Video

During the summer before his senior year, Jefferson attended a skills camp at the College of the Sequoias where he impressed some college scouts. Jefferson ran a 4.6 forty, but he plays much faster. At 5-foot-11 and 195 lbs, he has excellent size and runs with such a fluid motion.

Stefphon Jefferson Chooses Nevada...

As a freshman and sophomore, Jefferson rushed for a combined 455 yards on 73 carries with six touchdowns.

As a junior in 2012, he rushed for 1,883 yards on 375 carries with 24 touchdowns. The rushing yards were the second most in the country behind Ka'Deem Carey.

Jefferson set single-season Nevada records in carries (375), yards rushing yards, rushing touchdowns (24) and total scores (25). He ranked second nationally in both rushing yards per game (144.9) and points per game (11.5).

Nevada running back Stefphon Jefferson has decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft this spring. The junior from Visalia, Calif., said in a statement issued by the school late Sunday he will "always bleed silver and blue" but wants to try to take his career to the next level. He thanked the coaches and staff for all they have done to help make him successful.



With those numbers, Sports Illustrated's Cory McCartney places Jefferson at No. 10 in his latest Heisman poll, and here is what he says about the Nevada back:

Could this be college football's next 2,000-yard rusher? Only 14 players have ever hit the plateau -- five of whom (Marcus Allen, Mike Rozier, Barry Sanders, Rashaan Salaam and Ricky Williams) own Heismans -- and no one has done it since Matt Forte and Kevin Smith in 2007. But Jefferson may soon join them. He's averaging 162.8 yards per game, and with a remaining schedule that includes four teams that rank 50th or worse against the run, and with the 6-1 Wolf Pack certain to play in a bowl game, Jefferson could easily join the exclusive club.

Sports Illustrated: Under-the-radar underclassman sleeper

Sports Illustrated isn’t kidding when calling Jefferson under-the-radar. He remains hard to find even in today’s excessive cycle of draft analysis despite rushing 375 time for more than 1,800 yards and 24 touchdowns - all out of the pistol formation currently sweping the NFL. He isn’t even committed to perform at a combine as of this writing.

Combine Results

Stefphon kept a pre-draft diary at and you can follow the link to read each step in his preparation for the NFL...

Right now I'm deep in combine preparation and it is going well. I'm down in Naples, Florida working hard with a good group of guys. The most challenging part for me would have to be the interview process. During the season I had a lot of media interviews, but I'm still trying to prepare for the team interviews. They can be pretty intense so I'm staying focused on just being myself. The combine work for the 40 and all the drills are going well. Everything I'm being taught right now is different and new.

Hand: 9 1/8

Arm: 30 1/4

40 Time: 4.68

10 yard split: 1.61

Bench press: 15

Broad Jump: 117"

Vertical Jump: 31"

3 cone: 6.97

20 Yard Shuttle: 4.44

EX: 55

SQD: 0.24

M40: 755.08

M10: 548.73

I'm fresh off the combine and gearing up for my pro day. Overall the combine was great and I had a great time. It was really cool to interact with the guys and meet all the big-name players. It was really fun. I wasn't going to complain about the whole process, I just enjoyed every bit of it. That approach really helped me and I loved it.

Proday Results...

My pro day went pretty well. I went out there and gave it my best shot. There were 28 teams in attendance and it was a lot of fun going through the workouts with my teammates. It was really awesome to get to perform with your teammates. With them there at your home school facility it definitely had a more comfortable vibe. I was really relaxed and comfortable.

The Combine events I wanted to do over were the shuttle, 40 and the vertical. I improved on my vertical by an inch, so that was really good for me. They didn't tell me the exact time of my 40 or shuttle, but I kept hearing in the 4.4s and 4.5s so I heard different times. I wasn't too concerned about it.

For me the biggest thing was the position drills. I wanted to do well in those and I feel I did. I caught the ball really well, so I went out there and had fun with it.

Overall it was so much more relaxed than the Combine.

40 yard dash time: 1.62, 10 yard split - 1.58, 20 yard shuttle - 4.39, Verticl Jump - 32.5".



Jefferson was a four-year lettermen in football who lead his team to CIF Section Championship game three years in a row, with a victory in 2007. As a senior in 2008, was the West Yosemite League Player of the Year and the Tulare County Player of the Year while also earning first-team all-league honors. Jefferson’s sports hero is Terrell Davis. His cousin, Nikke Blue played basketball at UCLA and in the WNBA.

Jefferson redshirted his first year on the team. In his first active season, he carried the ball only three times for 26 yards and touchdown. He also notched two tackles on special teams. In 2011, Jefferson saw more time, as he gained 429 yards and five touchdowns. Jefferson also had six catches for 48 yards. As a redshirt junior, Jefferson was the main back for the Wolfpack, and had his strongest season. Jefferson carried the ball 375 times for 1,883 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown. This season had Jefferson named a third-team AP All-American.



Extremely productive junior season, showed he can handle a high carry total. Very patient running back. Presses the line and waits for a hole to develop. Good vision. Possesses some burst through the line of scrimmage, and runs with authority. Makes smart decisions, takes what is given.


Runs with a high pad level. Linear athlete, doesn't offer much in terms of agility. Won't make the first person miss very often. Poor technique as a blocker. Lacks an explosive aspect to his game. Only one season of production.

NFL Comparison - Shaun Draughn

Bottom Line

Jefferson is a back with great patience and vision. He has a good initial burst through the line of scrimmage, but he struggles to make people miss. He doesn't have great top end speed or elite power to compensate for this issue. A team might use a late selection of Jefferson for his reliability as a runner.

It seemed like Stefphon knew that his junior season would be the end one of his college career. The Wolf Pack running back Stefphon Jefferson sat down and penned a hand-written letter to his mother, Naomi, before mailing it to her house in the San Joaquin Valley. In the letter, Jefferson told his mother how important she was to him. He said the 2012 season would be dedicated in her honor. "It brought tears to my eyes," Naomi said. "He didn’t even tell me that he was sending something to me. So, when I got the mail I opened it and read it and it touched my heart tremendously. He said this season was for me and that he was going to try his best to make his momma proud."

For the Wolf Pack’s first game this year, Naomi was driving the Jefferson clan to Berkeley to watch Stefphon play against Cal when their car slammed into a diesel truck. The family rushed to the hospital after Joshua had suffered facial fractures during the accident.

Jefferson received a call from Talia hours before the game telling him of the car crash. He phoned his grandmother and asked if he should still play. She told him to suit up. Since then, he’s been running for his family.

"The season started off with that accident and I feel if that wouldn’t have happened then I wouldn’t have had this great year," Jefferson said. "I’ve kind of kept that in the back of my mind all the time. Since that happened, I just wanted to play for them and show my mom what an amazing son she created."

Naomi calls Stefphon "her miracle child." When he comes home in the summer or on bye weeks, the two of them will throw the football around just like they did when Stefphon was 5 years old. Only now, it’s the son that’s pushing his mother to keep going.

"I can’t keep up with him like I used to," Naomi said. "He’ll be, like, ‘C’mon, mom!’ Sometimes we’ll go to the track or he’ll put the ladder agility thing down and we’ll go through it or we’ll go outside and just throw the ball. We’ll talk about the old days and laugh about it and pull out all the old pictures. Whenever he comes home, I cherish every moment. I just hate when he has to go back. I always cry when he goes back and he says, ‘Oh, mom, don’t cry!’ But I always do. He’s still my little baby."

Stefphon Jefferson*, RB, Nevada

Height: 5-11. Weight: 213. Hand: 9.18.

40 Time: 4.68.

Projected Round (2013): 4-5.

3/23/13: Jefferson could be this year's Alfred Morris; a sleeper running back who surprises everyone in the NFL. Jefferson has quickness to go along with power and size. He finished second in the FBS in rushing this year with 1,883 yards (5.0 average) with 24 touchdowns. Jefferson also caught 22 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown.

Contributing Links...

Running Backs Steal Show at COS Camp

Central Cali RB Talks Recruiting

Nevada RB Jefferson skipping senior year for NFL

NFL Mock Drafts: An early look at where analysts project players with Tulare County ties

Stefphon's record breaking season

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