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Jairus Byrd
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Jairus Byrd 28221
Position: Cornerback
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 205
Year: Junior
City/State: Clayton, Mo.
High School: Clayton HS
Experience: Redshirt

Jairus Byrd's Career Stats

PERSONAL Born Jairus Keelon Byrd on Oct. 7, 1986 in San Diego, Calif. Parents: Gill Sr. and Marilyn Byrd. Family: One brother. High School (Coach): Clayton (Mike Musick) 2005. Major: Political Science. Redshirt: 2005.

2009 Opted to forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft ... Became the seventh Oregon player since 1997 to leave early for the NFL.

2008 The three-year starter had the best year of his outstanding collegiate career, capped by winning the defensive MVP award at the Holiday Bowl ... The first-team all-conference choice shared the Pac-10 and team  lead in interceptions (5), while his 17 career thefts rank tied for second of the program’s career pinnacle (18, George Shaw, 1951-54 ... Finished as Oregon’s fourth-leading tackler (83), second on the team in solo stops (60) ... Also tied for second in the conference in passes defended (19) ... Matched single-game high nine tackles first set in 2007 six times his junior year (Washington, Boise State, USC, UCLA, Arizona and Oklahoma State) ... After forcing a fumble in the season opener vs. Washington, enjoyed a stretch of four consecutive games where he accounted for a take-away (1 fumble recovery and 3 interceptions) ... Also doubled as a standout punt returner, finishing third in the league (20th nationally) with a 12.3 average ... Sparked come-from-behind win at Purdue with an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown ... Named the league’s defensive player of the week against UCLA after recording nine tackles, breaking up three passes and intercepting one aerial ... Played every variation of man coverage well while taking advantage of exceptional size to outmuscle opposing receivers ... Also a great tackler who forced the corner with an aggressive style, finishing his career on a streak of 37 consecutive starts ... Benefited from tremendous strength as he joined a pair of current teammates in equaling the program’s all-time power clean lift by a defensive back (330 lbs.) during 2008 winter testing.

2007 The Pacific-10 Conference’s honorable mention all-league standout and leader in interceptions was the Ducks’ fifth-leading tackler while pacing the team in picks for the second year in a row ... Also placed third in the conference in passes defended and tied for seventh in fumble recoveries ... Capped stellar season with a pair of interceptions, four pass breakups and seven tackles in the Sun Bowl, completing the year tied for sixth on school’s single-season interceptions chart ... Both intercepted passes and recovered fumbles in each of the first two games of the year before scoring his first touchdown as a collegian on a 33-yard fumble return against Oregon State ... The 13-game starter posted a career-high nine tackles against USC. Was named as team’s defensive player of the week for play against Stanford, Arizona and UCLA, while also earning special teams player of the week accolades vs. the Bruins ... Was pressed into duty as a punt returner for team’s final four games, averaging 8.5-yards on four runbacks at UCLA ... Stands tied for eighth on UO’s career interceptions list after only two seasons.

2006 Earned Pac-10 Conference co-freshman player-of-the-year honors as well as second-team freshman All-America acclaim (The Sporting News) after the former rover was pressed into a starting cornerback role for Oregon’s last 11 games ... The honorable mention all-conference standout finished as his team’s sixth-leading tackler while leading the Ducks in interceptions ... credited with a career-high eight tackles vs. UCLA and Arizona, including seven unassisted stops against the Wildcats ... Added seven tackles in bowl loss to BYU in addition to intercepting one pass and breaking up two others ... Finished as team’s second-leading tackler on four occasions, including final two games of regular season against Arizona and Oregon State ... In addition to breaking up seven passes, also forced a fumble at Fresno State ... Cited as team’s defensive player of the week against UCLA and USC, was the recipient of program’s Len Casanova Award as team’s top newcomer.

2005 Named Ducks’ scout team defensive player of the week while aiding preparations vs. Arizona State before receiving offensive honors for the Washington game the following week during his redshirt year.

HIGH SCHOOL To merely hint that the Missouri 4A offensive player of the year played a large role in leading the Greyhounds to the 2004 state championship would be a gross understatement ... He willed the school to a 13-1 ledger as a quarterback, safety, wide receiver and on special teams to aid the march to the Suburban East Conference title ... Ranking fourth in the state in scoring (158 points), he rushed for 1,480 yards (7th in the state) while averaging 8.76 yards per carry and scoring 26 touchdowns his senior season ... In addition, he passed for another 1,038 yards (65-128) and 13 scores ... Also was afforded first-team all-state accolades on defense as his team’s second-leading tackler and posted 71 stops (60 unassisted) along with seven interceptions (5th in the state), three quarterback sacks and two fumble recoveries ... Completed the package with six catches for 125 yards (20.8 avg.), 10 kickoff returns (30.1 avg.), 15 returned punts (13.3 avg.) in addition to punting the football 18 times for a 37.6-yard clip.

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