September 30, 2006
Albany -- The current crop of Albany State seniors don't know anything but success.
The Rams players have three conference championships in three years at the school, and are looking to add a fourth this season.
Senior defensive back Marcus Jefferson made his mark with the team from the first time he stepped on the field.
While he isn't one of the Rams biggest players, Jefferson makes a big impact.
Marcus Jefferson is generously listed as 5' 10" in the Albany State media guide, but the Rams senior defensive back plays a lot bigger than he looks.
"I didn't like Marcus when he first came here because of his size" says ASU head coach Mike White. "He turned out to be one heck of a player, though. He's all-man, he's tough as it comes, and he's a coaches dream. He really is."
Jefferson led Division II in passes defended last year, also making five interceptions and recording 58 tackles for the Rams.
White says his opinion has changed, but opposing coaches are slow to catch on.
"He does a good job when he plays against a bigger, taller receiver," says White. "He's a player other teams like to pick on because of his size, and that usually spells trouble for them and good for us."
Jefferson says, "Football is my life, and hopefully, with God, I can make it to the next level. Hard work pays off."
Jefferson helps the Rams on more then just defense, scoring a touchdown on blocked punt the last two weeks against Stillman and Benedict.
The score against the Tigers was the only touchdownin the game.
White says, "He's an outstanding special-teamer. One of the better ones we've have here. Matter-of-fact he makes every tackle on every punt."
Jefferson has three conference championship in three years with the Rams, and the senior says he's looking to add to that total this season.
"Not many people in life can say they played football for four years and won four championships," says Jefferson.
Albany State's defeated Benedict 10-3 Saturday in South Carolina.
They are 3-0 in the SIAC.