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CeCe Jefferson | Defensive End

Team: Florida Gators
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 252

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Florida senior DE CeCe Jefferson, who was suspended for the team's first three games, will play in Saturday's game at Tennessee.
Not only will Jefferson, who tallied 47 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 2017, play but he's also been selected as a team captain. The senior's return to the defensive line rotation is big news for Florida, which has allowed an average of 198.3 yards per game on the ground in 2018. Sep 22 - 7:04 PM

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Florida senior DE CeCe Jefferson remains suspended and will not play in Saturday's game against Kentucky.

Jefferson also sat out Florida's season-opening win over Charleston Southern for academic reasons, leaving Florida without a key member of its defensive line rotation. Jefferson accounted for 47 total tackles and 4.5 sacks in 2017. That being said, Jefferson's absence gives players such as junior Jachai Polite and redshirt sophomore Jeremiah Moon more opportunities to impress and earn reps.
Sep 8 - 6:49 PM

Florida senior DE CeCe Jefferson has been suspended from Saturday's season opener against Charleston Southern for academic reasons.

Jefferson (6'1/242) is one of seven players suspended for the opener, and along with WR Kadarius Toney his absence will be the most impactful. Jefferson started eight of the Gators' 11 games last season, tallying 47 total tackles and 4.5 sacks. Of the seven players suspended three are defensive linemen, with the others being DT Kyree Campbell and DT Luke Ancrum.
Sep 1 - 6:16 PM

The Gainesville Sun's Robbie Andreu passes along that Florida senior edge rusher CeCe Jefferson (shoulder) is expected to be healthy for the start of August camp.

News broke on Thursday that Jefferson underwent a significant shoulder surgery earlier this week, one which was initially said to require a recovery timetable of at least four months. That could have seriously jeopardized the 6-foot-2, 245-pound senior's availability for the start of the season. However, it would appear that matters might not be quite that dire for Florida. Andreu writes that the expectation, here, is that Jefferson's rehab will actually fall short of four months. While this should be considered an encouraging development, his health and recovery are worth monitoring as we head into the summer. Florida figures to lean heavily on Jabari Zuniga and Jachal Polite in their preparation for the season so long as Jefferson is sidelined. They'll be needed if he runs into any setbacks.
Apr 20 - 2:24 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Florida senior edge rusher CeCe Jefferson underwent surgery on his shoulder earlier this week.

The Gainesville Sun has termed this surgery as "significant," significant enough that it could potentially put Jefferson's availability for the start of the season in jeopardy unless he hits his recovery timetable almost perfectly. Per the Sun, the 6-foot-2, 245-pounder is expected to face about four months of rehab before he'll be healthy enough for football activities. Even if he suffers no setbacks, that would have him coming back in mid-August. Jefferson could have jumped for the draft over the winter, but instead has opted to throw his lot in with new HC Dan Mullen to give it one more run in Gainesville. This past season was the best of his career, as he finished up with 47 tackles (13.5 for loss) and 4.5 sacks. So long as Jefferson is sidelined, Jabari Zuniga, Jachai Polite, Antonneous Clayton and Zachary Carter all figure to see a closer look from Mullen and staff, with the former two players the most likely ones to step up if needed at the start of the 2018 campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 19 - 1:48 PM

Florida edge rusher CeCe Jefferson announced he will return for his senior season.

It would be surprising if Jefferson announced the opposite. Yes, Florida is moving forward with a new head coach, but a switch in defense might help his development and role.
Jan 4 - 10:43 AM

Florida HC Jim McElwain said that sophomore DE CeCe Jefferson is not looking promising to play against South Carolina on Saturday due to a foot injury.

Jefferson injured his foot in last week's loss to Arkansas. Said McElwain, "I don't want to lead you on, but I would say highly doubtful, no doubt about it. You know, whatever the MRI (revealed). When there's like a bunch of fuzzy stuff in there or whatever, it's just not a good thing." We would like to pause to give thanks to Coach McElwain for offering the phrase "fuzzy stuff in there or whatever." Linguistics aside, the 6-foot-2, 245-pound Jefferson has recorded 19 tackles (3.0 for loss) in eight games this season. He ranked as ESPN 300's No. 9 overall recruit for the 2015 cycle.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 06:29:00 PM

Five-star DE CeCe Jefferson sent in his National Letter of Intent on Monday, making his signing with Florida official.

Thus ends one of this year's most compelling recruiting dramas. Jefferson picked the Gators over Auburn and Mississippi during Wednesday's Signing Day, but his parents declined to send in his NLI because they didn't want him to go to Florida. They've since acquiesced. The 6-foot-3, 248-pound Jefferson, the No. 9 overall recruit, according to ESPN, has the versatility to line up either as a 4-3 DE or a stand-up OLB in a 3-4. "Jefferson is an athletic, aggressive edge defender who plays with natural lean and bend along with solid hand usage," reads his scouting report.
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 07:41:00 PM

Florida commit DE CeCe Jefferson tweeted that his National Letter of Intent "will be turned in soon."

Jefferson picked the Gators over Auburn and Mississippi, committing on Wednesday, but his parents declined to send in his NLI because they didn't want him to go to Florida. "I wanted to get him away from home," Leo Jefferson said. "I didn’t want him in Gainesville, to tell you the truth." CeCe Jefferson has never wavered in his commitment. The No. 9 player in the ESPN 300 is a 6-foot-3, 248-pounder who has the versatility to line up either as a 4-3 DE or a stand-up OLB in a 3-4.
Sun, Feb 8, 2015 08:51:00 PM

Florida commit DE CeCe Jefferson has yet to send in his National Letter of Intent.

Jefferson's father told Rivals that he and Jefferson's mother both don't want their son to go to Florida. Because Jefferson, 19, is under the age of 21, NCAA rule requires that one of his parents sign his NLI. The father, Leo Jefferson, said he was upset that the family wasn't informed that defensive line coach Terrell Williams was preparing to bolt to the NFL. Williams is expected to be replaced by Chris Rumph. "The Florida staff never told us he was leaving," the dad said in the Rivals interview. "We don’t know (Rumph) at all." Jefferson, the No. 9 player in the ESPN 300, committed to Florida on Wednesday. The 6-foot-3, 248-pounder has the versatility to line up either as a 4-3 DE or a stand-up OLB in a 3-4.
Thu, Feb 5, 2015 09:16:00 PM

High school DE CeCe Jefferson, the No. 9 player in the ESPN 300, committed to Florida.

A bit of an upset here, as many believed Jefferson was Mississippi-bound. The Gators also beat out Auburn, LSU, Alabama, and Florida State for his services. "Jefferson is an athletic, aggressive edge defender who plays with natural lean and bend along with solid hand usage," reads his scouting report. "Projects as a high-level prospect with some upside as an edge rusher." The 6-foot-3, 248-pounder has the versatility to line up either as a 4-3 DE or a stand-up OLB in a 3-4.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Feb 4, 2015 05:53:00 PM

ESPN.com's RecruitingNation reports that No. 9 overall recruit DE CeCe Jefferson will choose between Auburn, Ole Miss, LSU, Alabama, Florida and Florida State on Wednesday.

ESPN predicts he will pick the Rebels. "Jefferson has always had a strong relationship with Ole Miss defensive line coach Chris Kiffin and the Rebels are prohibitive favorites," wrote RecrutingNation. "Jefferson, however, grew up a Florida fan and lives only a short distance from Gainesville. Will Muschamp will help keep Auburn in the mix and his final official visit this weekend was to LSU. In the end this could come down to any of his top teams with Ole Miss winning out." We'll find out on Signing Day.
Tue, Feb 3, 2015 07:55:00 PM