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Jonathon Amaya

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 203 | College: Nevada
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Career Notes

Talented and versatile defensive back returns for his senior season and is expected to contend for All-Western Athletic Conference honors … Started at safety most of his career but also has experience starting at cornerback … Is expected to be a leader on the defensive side of the ball … Named third-team Preseason All-WAC by Phil Steele's College Football Preview.

2009 Season

Selected Second Team All-Western Athletic Conference in 2009 as voted on by the WAC head coaches. Led Nevada with 12 tackles against Boise State and completed the regular season with a team-high 83 tackles. Amaya led Nevada with eight pass breakups as well.

2008 Season

Had another superb season in the secondary for Nevada … Tied for the team lead in tackles with 68 … Led the team in interceptions with four as he recorded picks against Texas Tech, Hawaii, Fresno State and Maryland … Had 2.5 tackles for loss … Also returned three punts for 59 yards.

2007 Season

One of the Pack's best defensive players, went down with a knee injury during the first month of the season … Came back in a limited role the final three games of the season … Played in eight games with three starts and recorded 34 tackles on the year … Best performance of his career came at Nebraska when he had 12 tackles and picked off a pass that he returned 80 yards for the team's only touchdown … Had two tackles for a loss … Capable of playing cornerback or safety.

2006 Season

Played in 11 games and started seven as a walk-on true freshman safety … Tied for seventh on the team in tackles with 42 … Recorded first career sack at Hawaii and also forced a fumble against the Warriors … Picked off first career pass against New Mexico State and returned it 15 yards … Had a 10-tackle performance against Boise State … Recorded 4.5 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss against Miami in the MPC Computers Bowl … Earned one of the team's two Fireman's Awards for stepping up in a time of need.

High School

A graduate of Diamond Bar (Calif.) High School … Four-year starter as a wide receiver, defensive back and linebacker … Named team defensive MVP as a junior with 75 solo tackles and 63 assists, which led the Sierra League … Earned team MVP honor as a senior with 68 solos and 36 assists … As a receiver, had 32 catches for 679 yards and eight touchdowns … Also averaged 28.1 yards on kickoff returns … Was four-year starter on the baseball team.


Born Jonathon Daniel Amaya on Nov. 25, 1988 … Son of Danielle Amaya and Peter Martinez … Has three younger sisters and one younger brother … Majoring in communications with a minor in healthy ecology.

Latest News
12/24/2009 - HAWAII BOWL, MATCHUP TO WATCH: Can Nevada slow down the SMU passing attack? While not as prolific as the passing attacks that June Jones coached at Hawaii, SMU has firepower in the passing game. Stopping the pass has been one of Nevada's downfalls this season. PLAYERS TO WATCH: S Jonathon Amaya - The senior led Nevada with 12 tackles against Boise State and completed the regular season with a team-high 83 tackles. Amaya led Nevada with eight pass breakups as well.

12/07/2009 - 2009 ALL-WAC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB-Jonathon Amaya, Sr., Nevada, has been selected Second Team All-Western Athletic Conference for the 2009 college football season as voted on by the WAC head coaches. - Nevada/WAC football

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