Senior Stanley Jean-Baptiste has been Nebraska's top cover cornerback throughout the 2013 season, and helped the Huskers feature one of the top pass defenses in the Big Ten. The 6-3, 220-pound Jean-Baptiste has an unusual combination of size, speed and athleticism, and this season he has combined that skill set with consistent performance to become one of the Big Ten's top corners. Jean-Baptiste started all 12 games at cornerback and tied Ciante Evans for the team lead in interceptions with four. Jean-Baptiste had an interception in each of the first four games, the longest streak for a Nebraska player since Josh Bullocks in 2003. Jean-Baptiste returned his interceptions for a total of 134 yards, the most interception return yards for a Husker since 2005. He also led the team with 11 pass break-ups, increasing his career total to 21 break-ups.In addition to his passes defended, Jean-Baptiste made 35 tackles, including 22 solo stops. He had at least four tackles in five games, this season, led by a season-high six tackles against South Dakota State. He added five tackles against Northwestern. Jean-Baptiste was rewarded for his defensive play, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors from both the Big Ten coaches and media. He is one of 19 Husker seniors playing the bowl game as a graduate after picking up his degree last May.
ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (COACHES): Baptiste ranks among the league leaders in interceptions with four and pass breakups with 11. He also recorded 35 tackles. (12/30/13)Wyoming: Had a first-quarter interception of a Brett Smith pass that he returned 42 yards... led to a Nebraska touchdown and a 10-7 lead... was the fourth interception of his career and ended a streak of 183 consecutive passes by Smith without an interception... made two other key third-down stops to halt Wyoming drives, including a pass break-up and a tackle on a third-and-short play near midfield. Southern Miss: Returned a first-quarter interception 43 yards for a touchdown to give Nebraska a 7-0 lead... was his second of the season and fifth of his career... also marked his second career INT for a touchdown, adding to an interception return for a score against Minnesota in 2012... touchdown occurred with 13:47 left in the first quarter... was Nebraska's quickest score in any game since the Huskers scored a touchdown just 34 seconds into a 2011 win over Washington... was the quickest defensive touchdown in a game since Terrell Farley scored on a fumble return seven seconds into the game at Texas Tech in 1996... was also the quickest interception return for a touchdown in any game since Toby Wright had an interception return for a touchdown at the 14:03 mark of the first quarter against Colorado State in 1993. UCLA: Intercepted a first-quarter UCLA pass to set up a Nebraska touchdown for the opening points of the game... was his third of the season and sixth of his career. SDSU: Intercepted a second-quarter pass to set up a Nebraska touchdown... marked his fourth-straight game with an interception... is the first Nebraska player to intercept a pass in four-straight games since Josh Bullocks had a pick in four-straight games in 2003 (Southern Miss, Troy State, Missouri, Texas A&M)... has six interceptions in the past 11 games, dating back to last season... produced a career-high six tackles, topping his previous best of four. Illinois: Made four tackles, including his second TFL of the year... added a pass break-up, the 15th of his career... was his first game in 2013 without an interception. Purdue: Totaled one tackle in the 44-7 win. Minnesota: Played in his 30th career game at Nebraska... made a pair of tackles. Northwestern: Finished the game with five tackles, including three solo stops... notched one pass break-up to help limit the Wildcats to 81 yards passing. Michigan: Made four tackles, including three solo stops, from his cornerback spot. Michigan State: Produced two tackles and broke up a pair of passes for the second time this season. Penn State: Broke up a pair of passes for the second straight game and the third time this season, bringing his career total to 21... also added three tackles. Iowa: Started against Iowa in his 35th career game at Nebraska... didn't record any stats.
Jean-Baptiste played in all 14 games and made five starts at cornerback, all during Big Ten Conference play. The play of Baptiste and his secondary teammates allowed Nebraska to lead the nation in opponent pass completion percentage, while ranking in the top 10 nationally in pass efficiency defense and passing yards allowed.Jean-Baptiste finished the season with 24 tackles, including 18 solo stops. He made a season-high four tackles against UCLA and Georgia. In addition to his team-leading PBU total, Jean-Baptiste also had two interceptions, including a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown against Minnesota. Jean-Baptiste had five pass breakups in Nebraska's win at Northwestern. The PBU total tied for the third-most in Nebraska history and was the most by a Husker since the 2005 Alamo Bowl. In addition to his interception for a touchdown, he also picked off a pass against Michigan, helping secure a key Legends Division victory. In addition to his work at cornerback, Jean-Baptiste also served on Nebraska's coverage units and had four tackles on special teams.
Baptiste played in nine games, with a start at cornerback against Minnesota. He began the year at receiver and had a seven-yard reception against Chattanooga.He made the switch to cornerback before the Big Ten season, and played a key role in NU's school-record comeback against Ohio State. Baptiste came on in the second half against the Buckeyes and made three tackles, and had an interception that set up NU's go-ahead touchdown. He started the next game at Minnesota and had three tackles. He finished the year with nine tackles, including three on special teams, with two of those at Penn State.
Jean-Baptiste provided depth behind a veteran corps of receivers, but he did not see action in a game.JUNIOR COLLEGE Jean-Baptiste redshirted the 2009 season at Fort Scott CC.
In his prep days, Jean-Baptiste was a top wide receiver for Miami Central High School in Florida. As a senior, Jean-Baptiste had 21 catches for 569 yards and seven touchdowns through the first five games of the season. Defensively at safety, he had six interceptions and two touchdowns. Following high school, Jean-Baptiste spent one year at North Carolina Tech Prep, totaling 36 receptions for 580 yards in 2008.
Stanley is the son of Pierre and Yanick Jean-Baptiste, and he was born on April 12, 1990. He earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2013 and is set to play his senior season with degree in hand after majoring in criminology and criminal justice. He was named to the 2010 Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Honor Roll. Jean-Baptiste has volunteered time with Husker Heroes and local hospital visits.