BYU Football Countdown: Player 66 – Childhood hero

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No. 66 Cameron Jensen – Linebacker – 2004-2006

32 tackles, two sacks, a pass break up and a lot of havoc is what Cameron Jensen did against Utah from 2004 to 2006. Jensen was a Junior College transfer from Ricks Junior College after it became BYU-Idaho and BYU may have never been more grateful for that as when Jensen joined the team.

Not only was Jensen a good transfer, he was perhaps the greatest transfer that BYU ever had. He started in every single game as a Cougar and only had less than five tackles in a game one time. He was a force and a ball hawk.

The reason he is so memorable to me is because as mentioned before, 2006 was the first year that BYU Football was really accessible to me every single week. The offense was incredible with John Beck doing literally whatever he wanted, but it was Cameron Jensen who was all over the opposing team’s offense.


Impact B

Cameron Jensen played on teams that were either really good or mediocre. Of the 33 games that he played in, only ten of those games were a one score game, and only five of those were actually close games (games where BYU either had the ball or the opposing team had the ball in the final two minutes of the game with a chance to win or tie). Because of that, it was tough for Jensen to be a big game changing player. One game that comes to mind is Utah in 2006, when the Cougars won by two points, and Jensen had ten tackles, including quite a few late in the game. He was the team’s leading tackler which scores big points, but the biggest impact player was John Beck on that team.

Statistics B+

Jensen was at BYU for three seasons and recorded 103, 84, and 107 tackles each season. He had 27.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. He also added five interceptions, a forced fumble and six fumble recoveries. Overall, those statistics are really good, but not great, outside of the amount of tackles he had. One stat that sticks out is the consistency that he had. As mentioned above, Jensen recorded at least five tackles in 32 out of the 33 games he played in. Also, in 12 games he recorded at least ten tackles.

Memorable Moments C-

Looking back at the games and the big moments, Cameron Jensen doesn’t have the huge moments that go down in the history books. He was a hard hitting linebacker that did his job, preventing running backs from getting to the secondary. I do recall som big third down and fourth down stops that he had to keep momentum or turn the momentum in the Cougars favor, but when compared to some of the other big moments in BYU history, Jensen doesn’t stack up well against them.

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Tomorrow we hit 65! If you’ve missed the other stories, be sure to come back later as we recap players 66-77!