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2016 LSU Football Player Profile: S Rickey Jefferson

Josh breaks down LSU safety Rickey Jefferson in the latest Tiger Blitz Player Profile.

http://www.scout.com/player/155550-rickey-jefferson

Position: Safety
Size: 6-0, 209
Year: Senior
High School: Destrehan, La
Hometown: St. Rose, La

Recruitment 

Rickey Jefferson, the brother of former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson, signed with the Tigers as a four-star wide receiver. He turned down multiple offers from the likes of Florida State, University of Southern California and more to play for the Tigers. Jefferson played on both sides of the ball in high school and LSU coach Les Miles ultimately decided he would fit better on defense his freshman season.

2015 Recap

Jefferson started in nine games at safety in place of the injured and now NFL safety Jalen Mills. Like most LSU defensive players, the Tigers had some trouble learning defensive coordinator Kevin Steele’s defense. Jefferson was a solid tackler, but was often caught out position which led to busted coverages and big plays. 

2016-17 Outlook

LSU players have described Dave Aranda’s new scheme as “simpler” and not as complicated as former defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, who Kevin Toliver described as a “NFL” defense. In a more simplified scheme, Jefferson should find himself on the right end of pass plays. 

With one year of eligibility left Jefferson is on a mission.

“We feel like we gotta get it this year,” Jefferson said. “That’s a good feeling to have. We got a lot of senior guys and veterans who are here to just compete. We want it all. We’re not going for anything small.”


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