PROVO, Utah – BYU freshman Alyssa Jefferson had a much less stressful summer this year thanks to getting to be an instructor at summer camps instead of being a camper trying to earn a spot on the Cougars roster.
"It's a lot less stressful now," Jefferson said. "It's more fun to be part of the team instead of trying so hard to be on it and annoying the girls."
Jefferson signed to play with BYU last February and has been getting used to how the Cougars play defense this summer.
"It's hard," Jefferson said. "It's a lot more different than club. In club, it's more standoffish and waiting on them. In this, you're on them the whole time."
Jefferson is another member of the seven-time Utah State Cup champion Sparta United club team and played at Jordan High School. She was a three-time All-Region selection and is healthy to start her freshman year at BYU. The other incoming freshmen help her feel comfortable since they are familiar faces.
"It's a blast," Jefferson said. "Even the other two we've played against for so long. It's been fun and it's a good start to know each other so closely, because then you feel comfortable giving them instructions and talking to them."
Fall camp starts on Aug. 4, the first scrimmage is the Blue/White game on Aug. 13 and the season opener is Aug. 22 at Cal State Fullerton.
Watch BYU head coach Jennifer Rockwood talk about Jefferson and all the other recruits in the video below.