12/31/2012 - Nevada running back Stefphon Jefferson has decided to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft this spring. 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). 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. - AP Sports
12/31/2012 - Nevada running back and former El Diamante High standout Stefphon Jefferson announced he is forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. Jefferson released the follow statement Sunday: "I have decided to take my career to the next level and forgo my senior year to enter the NFL draft," Jefferson said. "I do want to thank Nevada and all the staff and coaches for everything. I could not have done it without the opportunities Nevada provided to me to be successful. I will always bleed silver and blue. I know that God has plans greater than football. But for the most part, thank you."
Jefferson was one of the nation's leading rushers this season, finishing No. 2 with 144.9 yards per game. He set single-season Wolf Pack records in carries (375), rushing yards (1,883), rushing touchdowns (24) and total scores (25).
Longtime Nevada coach Chris Ault retired Friday, leaving the coaching situation up in the air heading into the offseason. What effect this had on Jefferson's decision is unclear. - The Fresno Bee
12/30/2012 - Kelli Master Management says Wolf Pack Junior Running Back, Stefphon Jefferson, has signed with their sports agency. If true, Jefferson looks to forego his senior season at the University of Nevada and will enter the 2013 NFL Draft. This season, Jefferson was the nation's second leading rusher averaging 144.8 yards per game, with 24 rushing touchdowns in 13 games played. - KRNV TV News, Reno
12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN THIRD TEAM: Running back - Stefphon Jefferson, junior, Nevada...Jefferson, who is second in the nation in rushing at 141.92 yards per game, is second all-time in Mountain West single-season history with his 1,703 yards on the ground this year. He is third on Nevada's single-season charts, trailing just Frank Hawkins (1,719 in 1980) and Chance Kretschmer (1,732 in 2001). - Nevada football
12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM: RB Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada, 5-11 210 Jr., Visalia, CA...Jefferson, who is second in the nation in rushing at 141.92 yards per game, is second all-time in Mountain West single-season history with his 1,703 yards on the ground this year. He is third on Nevada's single-season charts, trailing just Frank Hawkins (1,719 in 1980) and Chance Kretschmer (1,732 in 2001). Jefferson was one of just three non-BCS players named to the Walter Camp first or second teams and he was one of just two Mountain West players selected. - Nevada football
12/15/2012 - BOWL HISTORY: Nevada has reached a bowl game for the eighth straight season, although the team did not fare too well in the previous seven games. The Wolf Pack were 2-5 in those games, with the lone wins coming in the 2010 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (vs. Boston College) and the 2005 Hawaii Bowl (vs. Central Florida). Nevada is 4-8 in 12 bowl games.
SCOUTING THE RUN GAME: Once again, the Wolf Pack were one of the top rushing teams in the nation. Nevada's 262 rushing yards per game ranked seventh in the nation. It was the fifth straight season the Wolf Pack finished in the top 10 nationally in rushing yards per game. Running back Stefphon Jefferson was the team's breakout star. He's rushed for 1,703 yards 29 shy of Nevada's single-season record and scored 23 touchdowns (the Wolf Pack's single-season best). The Wolf Pack offensive line was strong again this year but perhaps not up to the standard of previous seasons. - The Sports Xchange
12/15/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Stefphon Jefferson has already etched his name in the Wolf Pack records books this season and could become just the second Nevada player to lead the nation in rushing. Jefferson's 1,703 rushing yards rank fourth in the nation. Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey is second with 1,757 yards. Both are fighting for the title of top rusher in the NCAA in this New Mexico Bowl matchup. - The Sports Xchange
12/14/2012 - 2012 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FIRST-TEAM (COACHES & MEDIA): RB Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., Nevada, has been selected First Team All-Mountain West Conference (Coaches & Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Jefferson, who is second in the nation in rushing at 141.92 yards per game, is second all-time in Mountain West single-season history with his 1,703 yards on the ground this year. He and the Wolf Pack still have one more game - the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 15 against Arizona. He is third on Nevada's single-season charts, trailing just Frank Hawkins (1,719 in 1980) and Chance Kretschmer (1,732 in 2001). - Nevada football
11/09/2012 - The PwC SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors announced the ten semifinalists for the 2012 Doak Walker Award. The semifinalists (in alphabetical order) are Montee Ball of Wisconsin, Kenjon Barner of Oregon, Le'Veon Bell of Michigan State, Giovani Bernard of North Carolina, David Fluellen of Toledo, Johnathan Franklin of UCLA, Stefphon Jefferson of Nevada, Venric Mark of Northwestern, Joseph Randle of Oklahoma State, Stepfan Taylor of Stanford. Members of the Doak Walker Award National Selection Committee will cast their votes to determine the 2012 finalists on Monday, November 19, three finalists will be named. - PwC SMU Athletic Forum
10/15/2012 - WEEK 7 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada, Junior, Running Back, Visalia, Calif./El Diamante HS...Junior running back Stefphon Jefferson rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns as Nevada rallied from a 21-0 deficit to defeat in-state rival UNLV, 42-37, in Las Vegas. The Visalia, Calif., native had touchdown runs of four and one yards in the first half and his three-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter brought Nevada to within one score at 31-28. Jefferson carried the ball 34 times, averaging 5.4 yards per attempt. Jefferson's performance on Saturday propelled him to the top of the NCAA's rushing chart with a 162.86 average this season. - Mountain West football
10/13/2012 - Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns to help the Wolf Pack overcome a 17-point halftime deficit and defeat UNLV 42-37 Saturday. Starting in place of Cody Fajardo, who left last week's game against Wyoming with back spasms, redshirt sophomore quarterback Devin Combs threw for two touchdowns, while rushing for 111 yards and another score. The Wolf Pack (6-1, 3-0 Mountain West) outscored the Rebels (1-6, 1-1) in the second half 28-6. UNLV, which hosted a day game for only the second time since 2006, was outgained in the second half 283 yards to 111. The win extended Nevada's winning streak against its in-state rival to eight straight games, as the two meet annually in the "Battle for the Fremont Cannon," the largest trophy in college football. - AP Sports
09/24/2012 - WEEK 4 MOUNTAIN WEST CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada...Junior running back Stefphon Jefferson broke Nevada and Mountain West records and tied the NCAA mark for most touchdowns scored with seven TDs in the Wolf Pack's 69-24 win at Hawai'i. Jefferson, who did not play in the fourth quarter, had six touchdowns and 170 yards rushing on 31 carries and also caught three passes for 76 yards and another score. His seven scores tied the NCAA record held by three players (Arnold "Showboat" Boykin, Ole Miss vs. Mississippi State, Dec. 1, 1951; Marshall Faulk, San Diego State vs. Pacific, Sept. 14, 1991; Rashaun Woods, Oklahoma State vs. SMU, Sept. 20, 2003). He also set the school and Conference single-game records for points scored (42), rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns. Five of Jefferson's seven TDs came in the first half, beginning with a 55-yard reception for the first score of the game. The Visalia, Calif., native then reeled off rushing scores of three, two, one and five yards in the second quarter to set a Nevada record for most touchdowns in a half. He added scoring runs of eight and one yards in the third quarter for his sixth and seventh touchdowns of the contest. Jefferson, who was named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week for his performance, has topped the 100-yard mark in all four games this season and leads the nation with a 174.8 rushing average. - Mountain West football
09/23/2012 - Stefphon Jefferson tied an NCAA record by scoring seven touchdowns to lead Nevada in a 69-24 win over Hawaii on Saturday. Jefferson, a junior running back, carried 31 times for 170 yards as the Wolf Pack (3-1, 1-0 Mountain West) snapped a seven-game losing streak in Honolulu dating back to 1948. Jefferson scored on 3-, 2-, 1-, 5-, 3- and 1-yard runs and added a 55-yard scoring reception. It was the fourth time a player had seven touchdowns in a game, the first since Oklahoma State's Rashaan Woods did it in 2003. Cody Fajardo completed 14 of 20 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns. He had 69 yards rushing and was not sacked. Sean Schroeder was 22 of 40 for 234 yards with two interceptions, and Will Gregory ran for 92 yards and a touchdown for the Warriors (1-2, 0-1). Nevada led 34-17 at halftime. - AP Sports
09/23/2012 - WEEK 4 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada, Junior, Running Back, Visalia, CA/El Diamante...Nevada junior running back Stefphon Jefferson tied a NCAA record with seven touchdowns as the Wolfpack (3-1) defeated Hawaii, 69-24, in their Mountain West Conference debut. Jefferson rushed for 170 yards and six scores, while catching three passes for 76 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown reception. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation
09/16/2012 - Stefphon Jefferson rushed for 247 yards and two touchdowns to lead Nevada to a 45-34 victory against Northwestern State on Saturday night. The contest featured 1,240 yards of offense, 655 by Nevada (2-1). Jefferson, who had 27 attempts, shattered his previous career high of 147 rushing yards and had the Wolf Pack's best ground production since Colin Kaepernick ran for 240 yards against UNLV in 2008. Quarterback Cody Fajardo added 118 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries. Brad Henderson passed for 357 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 102 yards for the Demons (1-2). In the second half, Jefferson had scoring runs of 48 and 52 yards, and Fajardo rushed for TDs from 10 and 22 yards, giving Nevada breathing room after it led 17-13 at halftime. Jefferson and Fajardo both eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the second straight game. Fajardo was 21 of 33 passing for 237 yards with a touchdown and interception. - AP Sports
09/03/2012 - WEEK 1 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stefphon Jefferson, Nevada, Junior, Running Back, Visalia, Calif./El Diamante HS...Junior Stefphon Jefferson carried the ball 34 times for career-highs of 147 yards and three touchdowns in Nevada's season-opening 31-24 road win at California. The running back from Visalia, Calif., accounted for three of the Wolf Pack's four rushing touchdowns, scoring from two yards out on each TD. His final touchdown came with 36 seconds left and proved to be the game-winner. Jefferson was the only running back to carry the ball in the contest, and his 34 attempts were the most by a Pack player since Luke Lippincott had 36 against Utah State on 2007. - Mountain West football
09/01/2012 - Stefphon Jefferson ran for 141 yards and scored his third touchdown with 36 seconds remaining as Nevada spoiled the reopening of Memorial Stadium by beating California 31-24 on Saturday. Cody Fajardo completed 25 of 32 passes for 230 yards and added 101 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Wolf Pack (1-0), who put a damper on what was supposed to be a celebratory day for the Golden Bears in their first on-campus game in 21 months. Fajardo engineered the winning drive by throw a 14-yard pass to Zach Sudfeld on third-and-4 from the Cal 38 and a 19-yarder to Brandon Wimberly that set up Jefferson's winning score. Quarterback Zach Maynard returned after being benched for the first three series as punishment for missing a tutoring session earlier this summer to throw two touchdown passes for Cal (0-1). But he also lost a fumble deep in Nevada territory in the fourth quarter as the Bears lost at home to Nevada for the second time in 25 tries and first since 1903. The Wolf Pack had beaten Cal just once before winning 52-31 two years ago at home behind star quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Fajardo was nearly as effective this game. Fajardo helped Nevada break out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter and then led three second-half scoring drives to give the Wolf Pack the win. - AP Sports
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