Jan Jorgensen Athlete Profile

#84 Jan Jorgensen

Jan Jorgensen
Position: Defensive Line Height: 6-3 Weight: 259 Roster Years: 2005-2009 Hometown: Helper, UT Last School: Carbon High School


  • 2006 Sporting News Freshman Third Team
  • 2007 Scout.com Honorable Mention
  • 2007 Sportsillustrated.com Honorable Mention


Parents are Jeff and Julie Jorgensen ... recruited by Kentucky, Utah and Boise State ... served a Church mission in Boise, Idaho (2003-2005) ... brother, J.D. played tight end at Utah ... is a social studies teaching major with a minor in P.E. teaching.

Before BYU

A two-time Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune All-State selection ... played both linebacker and quarterback in high school ... credited with 93 tackles, including 16 sacks as a senior ... won the 3-A state wrestling championship as a senior (his first year of competitive wrestling) ... an honor roll student at Carbon HS ... a four-year letterwinner at Carbon HS ... father, Jeff, was his high school football coach ... also lettered in basketball, baseball and wrestling ... a member of the 2001 state basketball championship team ... signed with Kentucky out of high school.


Yr    GP   Solo  Ast   Total   TFL/Yds   Sacks/Yds   Int/Yds   PBU   QBH   FR  FF
2006  13   14    20    34      5.0/30    4.0/29      0/0       0     2     2   0
2007  13   40    37    77      20.0/115  13.5/91     0/0       2     5     0   0
2008  13   22    32    54      8.5/48    5.0/41      0/0       1    11     1   2
2009  13   25    31    56      10.5/55   6.0/44      0/0       1     4     0   0
Total 52  101   120   221     44.0/248   28.5/205    0/0       4    22     3   2
   Career sacks: 28.5/tied (2006-09)
   Career tackles for loss: 44 (2006-09)

2005 | Redshirt Year

Redshirted as a true freshman.

2006 | Freshman Year

Named to the Freshman All-American Third Team by Sporting News ... earned Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors ... nominated for national and conference freshman honors ... started at defensive end in all 13 of the Cougars' games ... credited with 34 tackles, including 14 solo tackles ... produced five sacks for a combined loss of 29 yards ... had two fum recoveries on the season, including a 48-yard fumble return against UNLV ... ended the season with at least one sack in three straight games ... had a season-high six tackles in the Cougars's 33-31 victory over Utah ... totaled a season-high four solo tackles in the season-opener at Arizona ... a significant contributor on a defensive unit that gave up only 14.7 points per game, ranking 10th nationally ... part of a defense that ranked fourth nationally in turnover margin with +14 turnover margin (+1.08 pg).

2007 | Sophomore Year

Earned 2007 Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors ... received the Bart Oates Big Brother Award ... earned All-Mountain West Conference First Team honors a SI.com honorable mention All-America selection ... led the MWC and ranked 12th nationally with 20 tackles for a combined loss of 115 yards ... led the MWC and ranked in the nation's Top 10 in sacks, recording 14 on the season for a combined loss of 91 yards ... set the MWC single-season sack record with 14 on the season ... produced at least one sack in seven straight games to end the season, including two sacks in the Cougars' 17-16 win against UCLA ... recorded a career-high three sacks in the Cougars' 35-16 win against Colorado State ... totaled 77 tackles on the season, including 40 solo takedowns ... totaled a season-high 13 tackles in BYU's victory over Colorado State ... the anchor of a defensive line that allowed only one 100-yard rusher all season ... had a season-high five solo tackles in BYU's victory at San Diego State ... averaged 5.9 tackles and 1.1 sacks per game ... anchored a defensive unit that ranked 10th in the nation in total defense, allowing just 307.8 yards per game ... ranked ninth in rushing defense, allowing just 97.5 yards per game.

2008 | Junior Year

Named to the All-MWC First Team for the second consecutive year ... Academic All-MWC ... ARA Sportsmanship Award finalist ... received the Bart Oates Award for Honor ... team captain for the 2008 season ... earned letterman honors as a junior ... started all 13 games at right end ... a 2008 All-America candidate ... named to the 2008 Rotary Lombardi Award and Ted Hendricks Award watch lists ... clinched BYU's 28-27 win over Washington after blocking the Huskies' extra point attempt which would have forced an overtime situation ... recovered a key fumble against New Mexico, his first since the 2006 season ... with his sack against CSU, he set a new MWC all-time sack record with 22.5 on his career ... forced a fumble on CSU's potentially game-winning final drive, helping to preserve the Cougars 45-42 victory ... totaled 54 tackles on the season, including 22 solo takedowns ... recorded 8.5 tackles for a combined loss of 48 yards, a team-leading five sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, one pass breakup, one fumble recovery, two forced fumbles and one blocked kick.

2009 | Senior Year

Team captain ... All-MWC First Team for the third straight season, joining teammate Dennis Pitta as one of only six MWC players to ever earn first-team honors three times ... MWCs all-time sacks leader along with TCU's Jerry Hughes with 28.5 career sacks ... MWCs all-time leader in tackles for loss with 44 ... helped BYU earn an 11-2 record, including 3-1 mark against nationally ranked teams, and No. 12 final ranking ... Academic All-MWC ... helped BYU to 44-20 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas victory over No. 18 Oregon State ... named MWC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Wyoming which included six tackles, one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss ... totaled a season-high 10 tackles in BYUs win over Air Force ... started every game this season, adding to his current streak of 52 consecutive starts, every game of his collegiate career ... BYU earned a 43-9 record with Jorgensen as a starter, better than any other player in BYU history ... No. 1 on the team with 6.5 sacks on the season ... No. 4 in MWC in total tackles by a defensive lineman (56) ... No. 2 (tied) in MWC in sacks during conference games (5) ... No. 9 (tied) in MWC and leads the team in tackles for loss (10.5) ... helped BYU rank No. 21 nationally and No. 2 in MWC in rushing defense (110.2) ... helped BYU rank No. 28 nationally and No. 4 in MWC in total defense (329.1) ... named to 2009 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Mid-Season Watch List ... named to the watch lists for the Rotary Lombardi Award, Lott Trophy and Ted Hendricks Award.