Top Linebacker To Play for the Cougars

PROVO -- Cameron Jensen, a 6-2, 230-pound linebacker out of Bountiful, Utah will play football for the Cougars, beginning as early as this week.

"We're very excited that Cameron is coming to BYU," BYU head coach Gary Crowton said. "He's going to be a great addition to our linbackers. We have liked him from the very first moment we saw him on film. We're anxious to get him in camp and getting him to work."

Jensen graduated from Bountiful High School in 1999, where he helped lead the Braves to the 4-A state championship game. A three-year letter-winner at Bountiful HS, Jensen earned both 4-A Most Valuable Player and Defensive Player-of-the-Year honors as a senior. With a 3.85 grade-point average, Jensen was also honored as a National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete.

Prior to leaving on a two-year mission in July, 2001, Jensen led Ricks College in tackles and earned all-conference honors as a true freshman.

"Cameron is an outstanding student and athlete," BYU linebackers coach Barry Lamb said. "We are very excited to have him. While we expect to redshirt him this season, he is the type of player who will come in here and challenge for a starting position this Spring."

Lamb said Jensen will arrive on campus on Thursday and could be working out with the team by Friday.

Jensen returned from Russia on July 23. Prior to visiting BYU last weekend, he took recruiting trips to Oklahoma, UCLA, Arizona and Utah.

Jensen's father, Gordon, played both basketball and baseball at the University of Utah. His mother, Mary, was a Cougarette at BYU.