Honors: 2013 – Named Most Improved receiver following spring drills … 2010 – Earned the Jeanne Massaquoi Freshman Academic award.
2013: Played in all 13 games and had seven starts … Led team with 46 receptions for 611 yards and five touchdowns … Had 11 catches for 20 or more yards and 36 of his 46 grabs went for first downs or touchdowns … Turned in his first 100-yard receiving game at UNC with seven catches for 101 yards … Added seven grabs for 78 yards in win over Memphis … Led team with five catches for 66 yards at FAU … Did not make a catch at BYU which ended his consecutive streak at 17 games … Had three receptions and a touchdown against ECU … Turned in seven catches for 91 yards and a touchdown against Marshall, including the game-winner with no time left (had six catches on game-winning drive) … Had four catches for 44 yards and a touchdown against FIU … Caught two passes for 36 yards, including a touchdown at Southern Miss … Also had two grabs and a touchdown against UTEP … Registered five receptions for 79 yards against Navy.
2012: Played one game … Had four catches for 24 yards against McNeese … Held out of the FAU game with continuing complications from hamstring injury suffered in preseason camp … Did not play at Memphis and decision was made for him to redshirt.
2011: Played in all 12 games and had seven starts … Had 486 snaps and seven winning grades from the coaches … Led the team with a career-high 51 receptions for 398 yards and a touchdown … Had four or more receptions in a game seven times … Led the Blue Raiders with seven catches for 61 yards at Purdue … Added three receptions vs GT and had four at Troy … Had three grabs vs Memphis … Turned in five receptions for 54 yards at FAU … Collected four receptions each against UL and Tennessee … Registered a personal-best nine catches for 74 yards and a touchdown at ULM … Led MT with six receptions against FIU … Joined the men’s basketball team in December.
2010: Played in all 13 games and had seven starts ... Had 346 total snaps, including a season-high 42 against FAU ... Earned seven winning grades from the coaches ... Was fifth on the team with 19 receptions for 247 yards and two touchdowns ... Also rushed three times for 19 yards ... Made his first two catches of the season at Louisiana ... Led the Blue Raiders with five receptions against Georgia Tech, including a 20-yard catch ... Paced all Blue Raider receivers with five catches for 27 yards at ASU ... Had two receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown against FAU ... Led the Blue Raiders with three catches for 84 yards and a touchdown at FIU.
2009: Played in six games and had two starts ... Had 161 total snaps with a season-best 52 against Troy ... Earned four winning grades from the coaches ... Finished the year with 11 catches for 104 yards and a touchdown ... Caught two passes for 21 yards against Maryland for his first career receptions ... Added two receptions at North Texas ... Registered seven receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown against Troy ... Went out early in the Mississippi State game with a foot injury ... Had surgery in late October and missed the rest of the season.
High School: Voted the Division II-AA Mr. Football Back of the Year ... Rated the 22nd best player in Tennessee by Rivals.com ... Also named to the All-Midstate team ... A two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Played quarterback and defensive back for Ensworth High School ... Completed 53 of 108 passes for 1,031 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for 1,324 yards and 25 touchdowns his senior year ... Had a 8.17 yard per carry average in 2008 ... Rushed for 150 or more yards five times, including his last three in a row ... Had 200 yards rushing in a win over Bell Academy to go with 118 yards passing ... During his high school career he rushed for 3,227 yards and 48 touchdowns while totaling 4,404 yards of total offense ... He also added three touchdowns on punt returns and two scores by receptions ... Owns the school record for rushing touchdowns in a game (four), passing touchdowns in a game (four), longest punt return (81 yards), rushing touchdowns in a season (25), points in a season (158) and interceptions in a season (five) ... Also lettered in basketball and track ... Played football for Coach Ricky Bowers ... Runs a 4.5 40.
Full Name: Tavarres Shijuan Jefferson ... Parent: Zenia Dawson ... Born: 9/5/90 ... Major: Marketing.