Career Summary: A four-year letterwinner for the Tigers on defense and special teams...Played 11 games as a true freshman in 2003...Worked at safety behind Wesley Smith...Finished the year with seven tackles, including one TFL for 13 yards...Saw a majority of action in 12 games played in 2004 with the special teams unit...Credited with only one tackle as a sophomore...Was a consistent starter in 2005...Played all 12 games, starting seven contests...Primarily played on the corners...Logged his first start against Houston and never relinquished the position...Totaled a season-high six tackles versus UAB...Finished the season in the Tiger top 10 in tackles with 41...Tied for third on the squad in pass breakups with seven.
Notable: Graduated in May 2007 with a degree in sports and leisure studies.
2006: Played 11 games and logged starts against Tennessee, Marshall and Houston...Started at right corner against the Vols and tallied a career-high eight tackles, including five solo stops...Credited with a single tackle versus Ole Miss, UTC, UAB, Tulsa and Southern Miss...Ended the season with 13 tackles.
2005: Former safety who was moved to corner and played in all 12 games last season...Became a starter against Houston and never relinquished the position...Opened the season with one assisted tackle against Ole Miss...Registered a tackle in all 12 games, including three versus Chattanooga and one versus Tulsa...Logged four tackles, including three solo stops, in the upset win over UTEP...Had one tackle and one pass breakup against UCF...Had his first career start against Houston and responded with a then-career high five tackles...Bettered that mark two games later with six tackles and three pass breakups against UAB...Totaled five tackles in both the Marshall and Akron games at the end of the season...Finished the season in the Tiger top 10 in tackles with 41...Tied for third on the squad in pass breakups with seven.
2004: Played in all 12 games last season as a member of the special teams...Also saw action in the secondary in 2004, and logged his only tackle of the season in the win over Houston.
2003: Lettered as a true freshman, working as a free safety behind Wesley Smith...Logged his first career tackles in the Tigers' win over Tennessee Tech to open the season...Played against Ole Miss and Southern Miss, but was not credited with a stop...Had one tackle in the Memphis win over Arkansas State...Worked as a special teams member and at free safety in the Memphis win over Houston...Credited with three tackles against the Cougars...Played safety in the Memphis win over Tulane in the Superdome...Logged three tackles, including two solo stops, against the Green Wave...Credited with one tackle against Louisville...Finished the 2003 season with seven tackles, including five solo stops, and one tackle for lost yardage.
Prep: Considered the top prep prospect in the Memphis area in 2003...Was the number 10-ranked player in the state of Tennessee, according to SuperPrep Magazine...Played quarterback and defensive back at Frayser High for Coach Terry Ryan...Threw for 1,075 yards and 11 touchdowns during the 2002 season...Completed 49-of-112 pass attempts for his 1,075 yards in 2002...Was ranked seventh in Shelby-Metro in total offense in 2002 with 210 plays for 1,544 yards and 23 touchdowns...Named to the All-Region 8-3A Team in 2002 and was picked to The Commercial Appeal's "Best of the Preps" team...Played linebacker for the Rams in 2002...Was named to the 2001 All Shelby-Metro second-team defense...Completed 65-of-151 pass attempts for 701 yards and three touchdowns in 2001...Ranked sixth in Region 8-3A in passing in 2001...Was named to the All-Region 8-3A team for defensive effort...Selected to the all-district teams in 2001 and 2002...Was named All-Elite in 2002...Picked to the 4A All-State team in 2002...Finished his career with 2,568 yards passing and 1,338 yards rushing and 56 touchdowns...Holds FHS school record for career tackles...Awarded Memphis Touchdown Club Player of the Week...Honored to All-Academic City Team in 2000 and 2001...Lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track...Was an honor student at Frayser who maintained a 3.0-3.49 GPA.
Personal: Jamaal Anthony Rufus is the son of Bernice Rufus and Willie Walton...Born December 1, 1984, in Memphis, Tenn.
RUFUS' CAREER STATISTICS Tackles G/S UT AT Tot. FR PBU TFL Sack 2003 11/0 5 2 7 0 0 1-13 0-0 2004 12/0 0 1 1 0 0 0-0 0-0 2005 12/7 27 14 41 0 7 1-1 0-0 2006 11/3 9 4 13 0 0 1-1 0-0 Totals 46/10 41 21 62 0 7 3-15 0-0