Jonathan  Hefney

33Jonathan Hefney


Rock Hill, S.C.

High School:
Rock Hill/Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 185

Defensive Back


Political Science


Full Name: Jonathan Jerrod Hefney

Born: Feb. 27, 1985

Coach at Rock Hill High School: Jim Ringer

Coach at Hargrave Military Academy: Robert Prunty


    • 2004 Freshman All-America The Sporting News (2nd)
    • 2004 Freshman All-SEC Coaches and Knoxville News Sentinel


2007 - Games/Starts: 14/14 ... First team All-SEC selection by Coaches ... Has started 50 consecutive games which is the most starts by a position player (non-specialist) in school history ... Finished third on team with 96 tackles ... Finished with eight tackles against Cal ... Finished with three tackles against Southern Mississippi, also returned two punts for 34 yards ... Tied for team lead with seven tackles at Florida ... Finished with two tackles and one PBU against Arkansas State ... Had first interception of the season and two tackles vs. Georgia ... Finished with five tackles and had season-long 34-yard punt return against Mississippi State ... Had nine tackles against Alabama ... Had season-high 11 tackles against South Carolina ... Also stands eighth in SEC with 6.4-yard punt return average ... Finished with six tackles and a PBU against La-Lafayette ... Had eight tackles and broke up a potential TD pass in the end zone against Arkansas ... Finished with eight tackles, including a TFL, in final home game in Neyland Stadium against Vanderbilt ... Had nine tackles against Kentucky ... Had 10 tackles and a PBU against LSU ... In final game of his career recorded eight tackles in bowl win over Wisconsin.

2006 - Games/Starts: 13/13 ... Recorded 96 tackles to finish second on team and eighth in SEC ... Averaged 12.1 yards per punt return, good enough for third in league and 17th nationally ... Set career high with 17 tackles against Air Force ... Had nine tackles and one PBU against Florida ... Added 12 tackles, one TFL and one interception against Marshall ... Had six tackles, one TFL and one interception against Georgia ... Interception against Bulldogs marked his third straight game with pickoff, first Vol with such streak since Rashad Baker in 2002 ... Four tackles and one PBU against Alabama ... Also gave Vols big boost with punt return ability ... Returned six punts for 104 yards against Crimson Tide, advancing from 85th in nation in punt-return average before game to 25th after ... Recorded two tackles against South Carolina and had career-long, 65-yard punt return in fourth quarter to set up easy score ... Recorded team leading 15 tackles, one PBU and returned an interception for 30 yards against LSU ... Led team with nine tackles and recovered fumble against Arkansas ... Had seven tackles and made team-leading fifth interception of season against Vanderbilt ... Finished with eight tackles against Kentucky.

2005 - Games/Starts: 11/11 ... After earning Freshman All-SEC honors as cornerback in 2004, entered sophomore season as starting free safety ... Ranked third on team with 65 tackles and led squad with three interceptions at new position ... Interception and return of 26 yards was defensive play of game during Vols' rally at LSU ... Broke up pass and totaled six tackles versus Mississippi ... Set career-high with 14 tackles against Georgia ... Made three stops at Alabama ... Tied for game-high honors with nine tackles versus South Carolina and picked off second pass of season, which he returned 37 yards ... Owns two career interceptions against home-state Gamecocks ... Totaled five tackles at Notre Dame ... Tallied four stops and two PBUs versus Memphis ... Added 45 yards on two punt returns against Tigers, including long of 36 yards ... Had seven tackles versus Vanderbilt and returned five punts -- one of which was returned for career long of 43 yards ... Logged four tackles and one interception at Kentucky.

2004 - Games/Starts: 13/12 ... Started final 12 games and second on squad with 11 passes defensed ... First career start (Florida) led to seven tackles ... Six tackles at Georgia with game-high three PBUs ... Eight tackles vs. Alabama while breaking up one pass ... First career interception came at home state South Carolina ... Six tackles and three PBUs at Vanderbilt ... Tied season-high with eight tackles in SEC title game.

HIGH SCHOOL - Played 2003 season at Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy and then re-signed with UT ... Led Rock Hill (15-0) in 2002 with more than 80 tackles and five interceptions ... Rock Hill was state's only undefeated prep team in 2002 ... Had interception and fumble return for touchdowns ... Rushed 98 times from quarterback position for 805 yards and 10 TDs ... Completed 32-of-62 for 500 yards and four scores ... All-Region on both offense and defense ... As junior, made 81 tackles and intercepted five passes ... Six interceptions first two seasons.





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