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Jerton Evans
Jerton Evans

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lynchburg, Va.

High School:
Jefferson Forest H.S.

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 200

Position:
S

Experience:
3L



WORTH NOTING: Hard-hitting safety who plays with a linbacker?s mentality ? three-year starter ? has started 32 games in his career, the most among returning Cavaliers and tied for third among UVa safeties since 1986 ? leading tackler among team?s defensive backs last fall with a career-high 83 stops, which shouldn?t be a surprise since he?s led the team?s defensive backs the last two seasons ? his 83 tackles are the most by a Cavalier defensive back since safety Anthony Poindexter had 98 in 1996 ??is Virginia?s second-leading returning tackler behind linebacker Angelo Crowell ? burst upon the scene with an outstanding rookie season in 1999 ? freshman All-American ? his 44 tackles in 1999 are the most by a true freshman defensive back in school history.

HONORS: 2002? Received the Virginia Student Aid Foundation?s Mark and Anne Sternheimer Endowed Football Scholarship. 1999?First-team Freshman All-America by Football News ? second-team All-Freshman by The Sporting News ? ACC Rookie of the Week following UVa?s game against Brigham Young (Sept. 25) ? ECAC/Budget Rookie of the Week following UVa?s game against BYU.

AT VIRGINIA: 2001? Played in all 12 games, starting the last 11 ? fourth overall on the team in tackling with an average of 6.9 tackles per game ? tied for 29th in the ACC in tackling, eighth among league defensive backs ? four tackles for loss, second among the team?s defensive backs and tops among safeties ? intercepted two passes and broke up four more ? led team with two fumble recoveries ? averaged 7.7 tackles vs. ranked teams ? had four tackles in a reserve role in the opener against Wisconsin ? one of his tackles was his first tackle for loss of his career ??moved into the starting line-up for Richmond and made eight tackles ??played a key role in the upset win over Clemson at Death Valley ? made a career-high 15 tackles and broke up a season-best two passes to help spearhead the defensive effort ? eight tackles vs. Maryland ? also broke up a pass ? had his first interception of the season against North Carolina to go along with four tackles ? 10 tackles vs. Florida State ties for the second-highest total of his career ? nine tackles and a fumble recovery vs. N.C. State and eight stops and another recovery against Wake Forest ? seven tackles in the upset of Georgia Tech ? four tackles and a key interception in season-ending win over Penn State ? his leaping interception deep in Penn State territory late in the first half helped set up an important field goal to end the half ??received his third letter. 2000?Started all 10 regular season games in which he played and in the Jeep O?ahu Bowl ? did not play in the Georgia Tech game due to a back injury suffered early in the win over North Carolina ? led the team?s defensive backs with 50 tackles, a career high ? tied for the team lead with two fumbles caused ... made six tackles and caused a fumble against Brigham Young in the opener ??seven tackles against Richmond in the second game ? also caused a fumble in that game ? in on seven tackles against Florida State and two against North Carolina before getting injured in the game?s opening drive and missing the rest of the contest ? made five tackles upon his return against N.C. State ? season-high nine tackles against Virginia Tech in the final regular season game ... led Virginia with nine tackles, including three for lost yardage, and broke up a pass against Georgia in the Jeep O?ahu Bowl ... lettered. 1999?Had an outstanding rookie campaign ? impact player on the defense despite being a true freshman ??one of two freshmen who formed Virginia?s safety tandem ? played in all 12 games and started the last 10, including the Micronpc.com Bowl vs. Illinois ? eighth on the team with 44 tackles ? second among UVa?s defensive backs in tackles ? led team with four interceptions, the most by a UVa true freshman in 13 years ? tied for eighth in the ACC in interceptions (tops among ACC rookies) ? first true freshman to lead team since 1991 ? intercepted the first pass of his career vs. Clemson in the second game of his career ? added two tackles vs. the Tigers ? intercepted two passes in upset win at Brigham Young ? made a leaping interception of a Kevin Feterik pass late in the first quarter to set up UVa?s third touchdown ? his second pickoff came in the end zone with 1:37 to play and BYU in the red zone ? was named ACC Rookie of the Week for that performance ? led the team with a career-high 10 tackles against Duke ? broke up two passes and had four tackles in an important road win at N.C. State ? had a nifty interception against Florida State as he stepped in front of Peter Warrick to make a diving pickoff ? also had five tackles vs. the top-ranked Seminoles ? made seven tackles in upset win over #7 Georgia Tech ? added eight tackles the next week against Buffalo to share team honors ? five tackles against Illinois in the bowl game ... lettered.

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letter winner at Jefferson Forest High School for Ed Landis ? played free safety and quarterback, earning All-State recognition for three years (three times on defense and once on offense) ... three-year All-Region performer (three times on defense, twice on offense) ... PrepStar All-Region selection on defense his junior and senior seasons ... four-year All-District and All-Area selection on both offense and defense ... two-year team captain ... as a quarterback, he threw for 2398 career yards and rushed for 2206 yards and 33 touchdowns ?as a senior, was 44 of 95 for 557 yards passing and gained 630 yards rushing ? scored eight touchdowns in his senior season ? as a junior, was 45 of 90 for 878 yards passing ... rushed for 655 yards and 13 touchdowns ? as a free safety, recorded 245 tackles, 10 interceptions, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries for his career ? had 145 tackles and four interceptions his senior year ? had 66 tackles and five interceptions as a junior ? selected to Charlottesville Daily Progress ?Gold List? ? rated as the No. 13 prospect in Virginia by the Roanoke Times after his senior year ? played point guard on the basketball team ... from same high school as UVa teammate Butch Jefferson and former two-time Cavalier All-America safety Anthony Poindexter.

PERSONAL: Jerton Paul Evans ? born 11-25-80 in Fairmont, W.Va. ? son of Jerome and Tanya Evans ... has a brother Micah McCauley (23) ... four-time Academic letter winner in high school ... coached recreation football ... likes to write poetry, read and draw ? English major.

Evans Defensively

Year GP Plys S A Tot. TFL QBS FR FC PBU Int BlK
1999 11 549 24 20 44 0 0 0 0 3 4 0
2000 10 601 32 18 50 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
2001 12 804 56 27 83 4/-10 0 2 0 4 2 0
Career 33 1954 112 65 177 4/-10 0 2 2 7 6 0