Johnny Jefferson

From Killeen, Texas, Jefferson was ranked the nation’s 7th best “all-purpose” back by Rivals.com and earned 2012 Honorable mention 5A All-State recognition after rushing for 1,597 yards and 18 touchdowns and catching 28 passes for 255 yards and 3 TD’s as a senior. He committed to Baylor University to play his college ball.

Jefferson started to blossom during his sophomore campaign, rushing for 1,000 yards and 8 TD’s on 136 carries. His signature moment came in the Russell Athletic Bowl in which he set a career high for yards (299), carries (23), rushing TD’s (3), long gain (80 yards), and also has 24 receiving yards en route to game MVP.

Following that season, Jefferson was named All-Big 12 by Phil Steele and Doak Walker Award candidate; however, he was also battling personal issues, including a devastating bout with painkiller addiction that limited the rest of his collegiate career. Thankfully, Jefferson received the help he needed and is looking to return to the game he loves and in which he thrived.

In 2018, the 5’10”, 210 lbs running back will participate in The Spring League to prove to NFL scouts his athletic, slashing, all-purpose style will pay dividends on Sunday’s for a team willing to take a chance on him.

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