Rickey Jefferson is changing numbers for his senior season, switching from No. 29 to theNo. 9 jersey his brother Jordan Jefferson wore at LSU from 2008-2011.
“Aw, man, it’s been amazing, because it’s my big bro,” Rickey Jefferson told Jerit Roser of the New Orleans Times-Picayune on Wednesday. “He wore that number, and I look up to him, and he’s my mentor, so to that my last year here, that’s an honor, man. Really.”
For the last two seasons, it was receiver John Diarse wearing the No. 9 for the Tigers, but when the receiver transferred to TCU, Jefferson jumped at the chance to wear his brother’s number.
“It was open, so I went in there and took that leap, and they gave it to me,” Jefferson told Roser. “I’m thankful coach [Les] Miles let me wear it and represent my family. It’s mostly about my family.”
The younger Jefferson is a safety for the Tigers with three career interceptions and 65 career tackles. Jordan Jefferson tallied 4,723 passing yards and 34 touchdowns in four years at quarterback for LSU, with an additional 1,018 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.