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Tony Jefferson
S #22
Height:
5-11
Weight:
212
Age:
23
College:
Oklahoma
Experience:
3
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 103 89 14 1.0 0 1 0 0 -- 0 0 1 1
2014 ARI 16 8 79 70 9 1.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2013 ARI 16 2 24 19 5 0.0 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1

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Biography

NoteCARDS:

  • Made the team as a rookie free agent out of Oklahoma in 2013 and has played in all 32 games in his first two seasons, totaling 90 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, one pass defensed and nine special teams tackles.
  • Started nine of 16 games played and Wild Card playoff contest in 2014. Ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 74 tackles, including two games of 10 or more tackles.
  • Registered first career sack in Week 3 victory over San Francisco in the fourth quarter to help Cardinals maintain their 20-14 lead at the time.

NoteCARDS:

  • Made the team as a rookie free agent out of Oklahoma in 2013 and has played in all 32 games in his first two seasons, totaling 90 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, one pass defensed and nine special teams tackles.
  • Started nine of 16 games played and Wild Card playoff contest in 2014. Ranked fourth on the team with a career-high 74 tackles, including two games of 10 or more tackles.
  • Registered first career sack in Week 3 victory over San Francisco in the fourth quarter to help Cardinals maintain their 20-14 lead at the time.


Pro Career:
Signed by the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent on 4/29/13 out of Oklahoma and has played in all 32 games (11 starts) in his first two seasons.

2014: Played in all 16 games with nine starts and ranked fourth on the team with 74 tackles … also had one sack, one tackle for loss, a forced fumble, a pass defensed, one QB hit and three special teams tackles … tied for the team lead with eight tackles vs. SD (9/8); also had one tackle for loss and one QB hit … led the DBs with eight tackles @ NYG (9/14) … recorded first career sack in fourth quarter vs. SF (9/21), taking down Colin Kaepernick for a nine-yard loss and forcing a 3rd-n-19 with the Cardinals protecting a 20-14 lead at the time; recorded a then career-high and team-leading 10 tackles, including eight solo stops … collected five solo tackles @ Den (10/5) … had two unassisted tackles vs. Was (10/12) … recorded three solo tackles and one special teams tackle @ Oak (10/19) … led the team and set a new career high with 11 tackles vs. Phi (10/26); also had first career pass defensed and one special teams tackle … after being limited in practice during the week due to a concussion, started and had one tackle @ Dal (11/2) … recorded one solo tackle on defense and one special teams tackle vs. StL (11/9) … had two unassisted tackles vs. Det (11/16) and @ Sea (11/23) … collected five tackles @ Atl (11/30) … started for the injured Tyrann Mathieu and recorded five tackles vs. KC (12/7) … had four unassisted tackles @ StL (12/11) … recorded seven solo tackles and his first career forced fumble in the fourth quarter vs. Sea (12/21) … registered seven tackles in Wild Card game @ Car (1/3/15).

2013: Made the team out of training camp as a rookie free agent and went on to play in all 16 games with two starts … totaled 16 tackles, one tackle for loss, two QB hits and tied for third on the team with six special teams tackles … made his NFL debut playing on special teams @ StL (9/8); recovered a Javier Arenas fumble on a kickoff return in the fourth quarter … made first career start with Cardinals beginning the game in a dime defense vs. Det (9/15); had three unassisted tackles, including one tackle for loss when he stopped Reggie Bush for a four-yard loss in the first quarter … played 55 snaps on defense and led the DBs with a career-best six tackles @ TB (9/29) … collected four solo tackles vs. Car (10/6) … led the team with two special teams tackles @ SF (10/13) … collected one special teams tackle vs. Hou (11/10) … led the team with three special teams tackles @ Ten (12/15); had QB hit in OT, helping to cause INT by Antoine Cason that led to game-winning FG … made his second career start with Rashad Johnson out with an ankle injury and recorded three tackles and one QB hit @ Sea (12/22).

College: Played in 40 games with 34 starts in three seasons at Oklahoma … declared for NFL Draft following his junior season … finished his career with 258 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, seven sacks, eight INTs and 13 passes defensed … his 258 tackles rank as the sixth-most by a defensive back in school history … was a second-team All-American and a first-team All-Big 12 selection by the Associated Press and  the league’s coaches as a junior in ’12 … ranked second in the conference and led the team with a career-high 119 tackles, the fourth-highest total for a defensive back in the nation … led the Big 12 with 91 tackles in conference games … added two INTs, three passes defensed, 3.5 tackles for loss and a half-sack while starting all 13 games … also earned academic All-Big 12 first team honors … played in all 13 games with 12 starts and led the team with a career-best four INTs as a sophomore … earned honorable mention All-Big 12 from the AP and coaches … ranked third on the team with 74 tackles, posted career highs with 7.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, and added three passes defensed and one forced fumble … was named Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and a first-team freshman All-American after playing in 14 games with nine starts as a true freshman in ’10 … collected 65 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks, two INTs, a fumble recovery and a career-high seven passes defensed on the season … had a 22-yard INT return for a TD and recorded a sack in the Fiesta Bowl victory over UConn at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Personal: Named a USA Today All-American and was listed as a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com after his career at Eastlake (Chula Vista, CA) High School … selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American game … recorded 88 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries to help his team to the San Diego Division I CIF title as a senior … also ran for 1,328 yards and 28 TDs on offense … had 77 tackles and three INTs during his junior season ... was a first-team All-State selection as a sophomore … Multidisciplinary Studies major.

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