Jernaro Gilford Athlete Profile

#4 Jernaro Gilford

Jernaro Gilford
Position: Cornerback Height: 6-2 Weight: 181 Roster Years: 1999-2003 Hometown: Hawthorne, CA Last School: Westchester High School

Personal

Parents are Jerry Gilford and Alberta Cummings ... participated in graduation ceremonies in August, 2003 ... will officially graduate in December, 2003 ... recruited by Wisconsin, UNLV, Washington State, Oregon State, Texas, New Mexico State, Fresno State, Arizona State, Oregon and Miami (Fla.).

At BYU

In 2002: Named preseason first-team All-MWC selection by the league's media, The Sporting News, Street & Smith's, Athlon Sports, Phil Steele and Jim Feist ... named by Street & Smith's as preseason honorable mention All-American selection ... listed as the 15th ranked cornerback in the country by Phil Steele.


In 2001: A first-team All-MWC performer... started 13-of-13 regular-season games and started at corner back in the Liberty Bowl against No. 22 Louisville... a second-team Media All-MWC selection... earned Football News First-Team All-MWC honors... received coaches awards for performances against Utah State, New Mexico, Colorado State and Utah... ranked seventh on the BYU roster with 56 tackles, including 46 solo takedowns... credited with a team-leading six interceptions for 131 yards, including a game-saving, fourth-quarter 50-yard interception return against Utah... also recorded two interceptions against New Mexico, including a game-saving pick late in the fourth quarter... credited with a season-high 62-yard interception return in a 54-34 win over Utah State... credited with 17 pass deflections, including a season-high three defelections in a 41-34 victory at Wyoming... finished the 2001 season ranked no. 15 nationally in interceptions with seven.


In 2000: Participated in spring drills, recording three assisted tackles in the Blue/White scrimmage... redshirted.


In 1999: Played in three regular-season games, recording two unassisted tackles, one pass break up and one interception returned for 19 yards... had one unassisted tackle in the Motor City Bowl.

Before BYU

Letterman in football and track at Westchester High School ... named Westchester's Most Valuable defensive back ... led Westchester to a 12-1 mark as a senior ... ran back a 101-yard interception for a touchdown in his first varsity game ... named track team's MVP and broke the city record in the 800-meters.

Stats

GILFORD's Personal Best 
UT: 5 (Multiple Games)
AT: 2 (Multiple Games)
TFL: 1 (Miss. St., Dec. 1, 2001)
Int/Yds: 2/18 (New Mexico, Oct. 13, 2001)
PD: 3 (Wyoming, Nov. 10, 2001)
GILFORD's Career Stats
Year Gms UT AT TF FR INT PD BK Hur Sck
1999 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 14 46 10 1 1 7 17 0 0 0
2002 7 7 8 0 0 1 1 0 1 0
Total 24 55 18 1 1 8 18 0 1 0



1999 | Freshman Year

Played in three regular-season games, recording two unassisted tackles, one pass break up and one interception returned for 19 yards... had one unassisted tackle in the Motor City Bowl.

2000 | Redshirt Year

Participated in spring drills, recording three assisted tackles in the Blue/White scrimmage... redshirted.

2001 | Sophomore Year

A first-team All-MWC performer... started 13-of-13 regular-season games and started at corner back in the Liberty Bowl against No. 22 Louisville... a second-team Media All-MWC selection... earned Football News First-Team All-MWC honors... received coaches awards for performances against Utah State, New Mexico, Colorado State and Utah... ranked seventh on the BYU roster with 56 tackles, including 46 solo takedowns... credited with a team-leading six interceptions for 131 yards, including a game-saving, fourth-quarter 50-yard interception return against Utah... also recorded two interceptions against New Mexico, including a game-saving pick late in the fourth quarter... credited with a season-high 62-yard interception return in a 54-34 win over Utah State... credited with 17 pass deflections, including a season-high three defelections in a 41-34 victory at Wyoming... finished the 2001 season ranked no. 15 nationally in interceptions with seven.

2002 | Junior Year

A Street & Smith's preseason All-America honorable-mention selection ... named preseason All-MWC by the MWC media, The Sporting News, Street & Smith's, Athlon Sports, Phil Steele's College Football Preview and Jim Feist's College Football Preview ... hampered by a nagging knee injury throughout the 2002 season ... saw action in only 7 games during the season ... registered 15 tackles on the season, including a season-high 6 takedowns in the Cougars' final game (at Utah) of the season ... helped secure a victory over San Diego State with his only interception of the season.

2003 | Senior Year

Graduated during the 2003 season...a 2003 All-MWC honorable-mention selection...started at cornerback in 12 straight games...recorded 41 tackles on the season...ranked 10th in the MWC with six pass break-ups...credited with two interceptions on the season...part of a defensive unit that held Utah to just three points and 184 yards off their season total yardage average...tallied four tackles against No. 4 USC, including three solos...provided pass defense against the fourth-ranked Trojans, holding the Men of Troy to just 235 yards passing...recorded two tackles in the Cougars' 24-13 victory over Georgia Tech...credited with a forced fumble against the Yellow Jackets...suffered a chipped bone in his wrist in the Cougars' season-opener...part of a defensive unit that held the Yellow Jackets scoreless in the second half and did not allow a single touchdown on the night...limited the GT offense to just 96 yards rushing and 147 yards passing, including only 20 yards rushing in the second half...fully recovered from a nagging knee injury, participated in spring drills ... had one interception in the Cougars' first scrimmage of the spring season ... listed as the starting left cornerback entering fall camp.