Wolverines News · Wolverine Jefferson On NFL ProBowl Ballot

Wolverine alum Quinton Jefferson is on the NFL ProBowl ballot for defensive end.  Be sure to vote: http://www.nfl.com/probowl/ballot

Jefferson was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Woodland Hills High School, where he excelled at both football and basketball.  In 2011, Quinton participated in the Big 33 All-Star Game, which matched up the top high school football players from Pennsylvania against the top players from Ohio  Quinton was heavily recruited by several top NCAA football programs, including Boston College and Iowa, but ultimately chose to play at the University of Maryland.

Quinton quickly distinguished himself as a top-tier collegiate player, amassing 107 total tackles, 21.5 Tackles for Loss, and 10.5 sacks, in his four-years at Maryland.  Following the announcement that he was declaring for the 2016 NFL Draft, Quinton was selected to participate in the prestigious Senior Bowl, in Mobile, Alabama.  Quinton was also selected to participate in the 2016 NFL Combine, where he ran 40 yards in 4.95 seconds, making him one of the fastest Defensive Tackles in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Quinton was drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft with the 147th overall selection by the Seattle Seahawks.  The Seahawks, recognizing Quinton’s potential and versatility, traded a 7th round and 4th round pick to move up to the slot, something that the organization had no done in previous years.  In 2016, Quinton had an outstanding pre-season and was on track to see a considerable amount of play time until a thumb and knee injury derailed his rookie season.  Just ten-months following ACL-reconstructive surgery, Quinton returned to the field for the Seahawks.  The Seahawks, based upon their hope that they could stash him on their practice squad, released Quinton following the 2017 preseason.  Quinton was immediately claimed by the Los Angeles Rams and remained with the team until October 2, 2017, when the Seahawks signed him back.  Following his return to Seattle, Quinton got the first sack of his career on November 5, 2017, when he took down the Redskins’ Kirk Cousins.

Expectations were high for Quinton prior to the start of the 2018 NFL season. The Seahawks cut ties with several veteran defensive lineman, including Pro-Bowl Defensive Linemen Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, and turned to Quinton to help fill those shoes. Despite the lofty expectations, Quinton has delivered.  Through 10 games, Quinton is 7th among NFL Defensive Tackles in Quarterback Hits and tied for 16th in Tackles for Loss.  Quinton has been a vital piece of the rebuilt Seahawks defense. His quickness, strength, and grit has been a real asset and helped to propel the Seahawks into 2nd place in their division. In the process, Quinton has quickly emerged as one of the best young Defensive Lineman in the NFL and appears on the cusp of super-stardom.