Stephen Jeffers talks to the media following the Wolf Pack's win over New Mexico.
Nevada 2013: Enters junior season as the top blocking tight end on the roster and will compete for a starting job along with Kolby Arendse. 2012: Played in all 13 games with no starts ... Caught two passes on the year, including his first career touchdown, a 1-yarder at New Mexico. 2011: Played in 12 games and served primarily as the blocking tight end in the Wolf Pack's Pistol offense ... First career catch came at Oregon and was good for 16 yards ...Second catch of his career was for six yards against UNLV. 2010: Played in a handful of games as a backup tight end behind All-WAC selection Virgil Green and Zach Sudfeld ... Did not catch a pass. 2009: Redshirted his first season in the program but made the travel squad for the Sheraton Hawai`i Bowl.
High School A graduate of Bishop Manogue Catholic High School in Reno, Nev. ... Was an all-around standout athlete, lettering in five sports: football (twice), basketball, baseball, wrestling and track and field ... Helped football team to a league championship as a senior ... Was the Northern 4A Lineman of the Year as a senior while earning first-team all-region and all-league accolades ... As a junior, was first-team all-league and second-team all-region ... Was part of a league-champion baseball team in 2008 ... Was first-team all-league and all-region in track and field as a senior ... Graduated with high honors and was a National Honor Society member.
Personal Born James Stephen Jeffers on Nov. 30, 1990 in Truckee, Calif. ... Son of Jim and Shelli Jeffers ... Has a younger sister, Samantha and a younger brother, Michael ... Has not yet declared a major ... Was also recruited by Fresno State, UNLV, SMU, San Diego State and Montana ... Chose Nevada to stay close to his family ... Father played football at San Diego State ... Uncle, Walt Brett, played football and Montana and in the NFL with the Falcons and Chargers ... Aunt, Lisa Robinette played basketball at Washington State ... Uncle, Michael Mariani, ran track and field at Arizona State ... Grandfather, Mike Mariani, played football at Arizona State.