Maryland 14, Miami 13 - November 11, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)
On Jefferson: Fourth-year linebacker who is the slated to move into the starting "Mike" linebacker position this season, a spot that has produced three of the last five ACC Defensive Players of the Year (E.J. Henderson in 2001 and '02; D'Qwell Jackson in 2005) ... an instinctive player who always seems to be around the ball ... a sure tackler ... one of the most sought-after recruits on the Terp roster as a prep ... recorded a 38 ½-inch vertical jump in offseason testing.
2005 (Sophomore): Played in all 11 games, starting two ... finished the season with the highest tackle total (57, 19 solo) among non-starters ... also had three TFLs, a sack, a fumble recovery and two forced fumbles ... (at NCSU) ... finished second on the team in tackles with eight in second career start ... wrapped up the ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage on 3rd-and-1 at the end of the first quarter ... (at TU) ... made first career start at "Mike" linebacker ... registered a team-high tying nine tackles ... also recovered a fumble ... (vs. UVa) ... registered two tackles ... tackled RB Cedric Peerman for a loss on 3rd-and-short inside the Maryland five-yard line to bring up fourth down late in the game ... (vs. WVU) ... recorded 12 tackles, tying a career-high ... combined with D'Qwell Jackson to stuff RB Jason Gwaltney at the goal line in the second quarter ... forced a fumble on a kick return in the fourth quarter, giving Maryland possession deep in Mountaineer territory ... (vs. CU) ... saw time at linebacker, making one tackle ... wrapped up RB James Davis for no gain on 3rd-and-short forcing the Tigers to punt in the third quarter ... (vs. Navy) ... saw action at "Will" linebacker ... finished with three tackles, including two unassisted.
2004 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in eight games, missing three due to injury ... finished the season with 22 tackles (nine solo) with one TFL ... (vs. TU) ... had a team-high 12 tackles (seven solo), including his first career tackle on kick coverage in the first quarter and one TFL ... combined with Ricardo Dickerson for a TFL to force a fourth down in the third quarter and with Jon Condo to stop a third-quarter screen pass in the backfield ... (vs. NIU) ... first career game action.
2003 (Freshman): Redshirt season ... named Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year ... named scout team Player of the Week three times during the season ... weekly honors came against Northern Illinois, West Virginia and Georgia Tech.
High School: A three-year starter and letterwinner at middle linebacker for Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine, Md. ... the consensus No. 1 prep linebacker in the country ... notched 149 tackles (88 solo) as a senior to go along with 10 sacks, one interception, nine forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries ... recorded 168 tackles, 39 TFLs, 13 sacks, three forced fumbles and three interceptions as a junior ... selected to play in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... a Parade All-American ... first team All-USA by USA Today ... first team all-state by the Associated Press as a junior and senior ... rated the No. 1 outside linebacker and the 25th-best player overall in the country by ESPN.com's Tom Lemming ... described by Lemming as a player who "plays like a young Ray Lewis" ... first team All-Metro and Defensive Player of the Year by The Washington Post ... All-American and top-rated linebacker in the country by SuperPrep ... also SuperPrep's 12th-rated player in the country overall, No. 2-rated player in the Mid-Atlantic region and a member of that publication's Elite 50 ... rated the second-best player in the Atlantic East region by Rivals.com ... named Defensive Player of the Year as a junior by the Gazette newspapers ... sophomore season saw an appearance in the state championships and featured a linebacking corps that included Jefferson, Kellen Pruitt (Syracuse) and Seth Mitchell (Michigan State) ... also played basketball as a freshman and sophomore ... recruited by Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, Florida State, Notre Dame, Penn State and Virginia, among others ... high school coach was Danny Hayes.
Personal: Wesley Jefferson was born April 23, 1985 ... son of Michael and Roscheta Jefferson ... took up playing the piano in his senior year of high school and likes vintage automobiles ... majoring in criminology and criminal justice.
Defense G-GS UT AT TT/Avg TFL Sacks Int. 2004 8-0 9 13 22/2.8 1.0-1 0.0-0 0-0 2005 11-2 19 38 57/5.2 3.0-16 1.0-12 0-0 Career 20-2 28 51 79/3.9 4.0-17 1.0-12 0-0