NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The SFA Lumberjacks defense held the McNeese Cowboys scoreless in the second half of their homecoming game and that lead to a 37-17 victory. Defensive end Willie Jefferson was a big part of that shutout effort and was even named the Southland Conference player of the week. Jefferson says he loves making the big plays to help his team.
"It's just amazing, I've never had that feeling before," said Jefferson. "I love that feeling, I love being in front of everybody and showing off for the lumberjacks."
Jefferson finished with a school record 4.5 sacks and came up just a half of a sack short of a conference record as well, but the play of the day was when he picked off a pass in the end zone for a touchdown.
"I deflected the pass and it just stayed right in front of me so I just caught it," said Jefferson. "I was already in the end zone so I was just ecstatic and then the crowd went off and everything, I was just so happy."
A transfer student from Baylor, Jefferson started in the summer and his coach Erik Slaughter is impressed with the sophomore's change in effort and attitude.
"The main thing I've seen is just his attitude because he obviously has great ability," said Slaughter. "Now he shows up everyday, he's early, he works hard when he is here, he is tough minded and just takes care of his business, that is the biggest change."
Willie says even though the team can't make the playoffs they still need to build off momentum going into next season.
"During the off season we have to keep up the great effort, no doubt," said Jefferson. "I can't let the team get any slower and I need to be a leader. We just have to keep going and keep getting better and better."