Jan Jorgensen
Defensive Line 84
259 lbs.
Last School
Carbon High School
Roster Years


  • Parents are Jeff and Julie Jorgensen
  • Recruited by Kentucky, Utah and Boise State
  • Served a Church mission in Boise, Idaho (2003-2005)
  • Brother, J.D. played tight end at Utah
  • Social studies teaching major with a minor in P.E. teaching

Before BYU

  • Two-time Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune All-State selection
  • Played both linebacker and quarterback in high school
  • Credited with 93 tackles, including 16 sacks as a senior
  • Won the 3-A state wrestling championship as a senior (his first year of competitive wrestling)
  • Honor roll student at Carbon HS
  • Four-year letterwinner at Carbon HS
  • Father, Jeff, was his high school football coach
  • Also lettered in basketball, baseball and wrestling
  • Member of the 2001 state basketball championship team
  • Signed with Kentucky out of high school


Yr    GP   Solo  Ast   Total   TFL/Yds   Sacks/Yds   Int/Yds   PBU   QBH   FR  FF
2006  13   14    20    34      5.0/30    4.0/29      0/0       0     2     2   0
2007  13   40    37    77      20.0/115  13.5/91     0/0       2     5     0   0
2008  13   22    32    54      8.5/48    5.0/41      0/0       1    11     1   2
2009  13   25    31    56      10.5/55   6.0/44      0/0       1     4     0   0
Total 52  101   120   221     44.0/248   28.5/205    0/0       4    22     3   2
   Career sacks: 28.5/tied (2006-09)
   Career tackles for loss: 44 (2006-09)
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2006

  • Named to the Freshman All-American Third Team by Sporting News
  • Earned Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors
  • Nominated for national and conference freshman honors
  • Started at defensive end in all 13 of the Cougars' games
  • Credited with 34 tackles, including 14 solo tackles
  • Produced five sacks for a combined loss of 29 yards
  • Had two fum recoveries on the season, including a 48-yard fumble return against UNLV
  • Ended the season with at least one sack in three straight games
  • Had a season-high six tackles in the Cougars's 33-31 victory over Utah
  • Totaled a season-high four solo tackles in the season-opener at Arizona
  • Significant contributor on a defensive unit that gave up only 14.7 points per game, ranking 10th nationally
  • Part of a defense that ranked fourth nationally in turnover margin with +14 turnover margin (+1.08 pg)
Sophmore Year 2007

  • Earned 2007 Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors
  • Received the Bart Oates Big Brother Award
  • Earned All-Mountain West Conference First Team honors a SI.com honorable mention All-America selection
  • Led the MWC and ranked 12th nationally with 20 tackles for a combined loss of 115 yards
  • Led the MWC and ranked in the nation's Top 10 in sacks, recording 14 on the season for a combined loss of 91 yards
  • Set the MWC single-season sack record with 14 on the season
  • Produced at least one sack in seven straight games to end the season, including two sacks in the Cougars' 17-16 win against UCLA
  • Recorded a career-high three sacks in the Cougars' 35-16 win against Colorado State
  • Totaled 77 tackles on the season, including 40 solo takedowns
  • Totaled a season-high 13 tackles in BYU's victory over Colorado State
  • The anchor of a defensive line that allowed only one 100-yard rusher all season
  • Had a season-high five solo tackles in BYU's victory at San Diego State
  • Averaged 5.9 tackles and 1.1 sacks per game
  • Anchored a defensive unit that ranked 10th in the nation in total defense, allowing just 307.8 yards per game
  • Ranked ninth in rushing defense, allowing just 97.5 yards per game
Junior Year 2008

  • Named to the All-MWC First Team for the second consecutive year
  • Academic All-MWC
  • ARA Sportsmanship Award finalist
  • Received the Bart Oates Award for Honor
  • Team captain for the 2008 season
  • Earned letterman honors as a junior
  • Started all 13 games at right end
  • 2008 All-America candidate
  • Named to the 2008 Rotary Lombardi Award and Ted Hendricks Award watch lists
  • Clinched BYU's 28-27 win over Washington after blocking the Huskies' extra point attempt which would have forced an overtime situation
  • Recovered a key fumble against New Mexico, his first since the 2006 season
  • With his sack against CSU, he set a new MWC all-time sack record with 22.5 on his career
  • Forced a fumble on CSU's potentially game-winning final drive, helping to preserve the Cougars 45-42 victory
  • Totaled 54 tackles on the season, including 22 solo takedowns
  • Recorded 8.5 tackles for a combined loss of 48 yards, a team-leading five sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, one pass breakup, one fumble recovery, two forced fumbles and one blocked kick
Senior Year 2009

  • Team captain
  • All-MWC First Team for the third straight season, joining teammate Dennis Pitta as one of only six MWC players to ever earn first-team honors three times
  • MWCs all-time sacks leader along with TCU's Jerry Hughes with 28.5 career sacks
  • MWCs all-time leader in tackles for loss with 44
  • Helped BYU earn an 11-2 record, including 3-1 mark against nationally ranked teams, and No. 12 final ranking
  • Academic All-MWC
  • Helped BYU to 44-20 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas victory over No. 18 Oregon State
  • Named MWC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Wyoming which included six tackles, one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss
  • Totaled a season-high 10 tackles in BYUs win over Air Force
  • Started every game this season, adding to his current streak of 52 consecutive starts, every game of his collegiate career
  • BYU earned a 43-9 record with Jorgensen as a starter, better than any other player in BYU history
  • No. 1 on the team with 6.5 sacks on the season
  • No. 4 in MWC in total tackles by a defensive lineman (56)
  • No. 2 (tied) in MWC in sacks during conference games (5)
  • No. 9 (tied) in MWC and leads the team in tackles for loss (10.5)
  • Helped BYU rank No. 21 nationally and No. 2 in MWC in rushing defense (110.2)
  • Helped BYU rank No. 28 nationally and No. 4 in MWC in total defense (329.1)
  • Named to 2009 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Mid-Season Watch List
  • Named to the watch lists for the Rotary Lombardi Award, Lott Trophy and Ted Hendricks Award
Graduate Year

Redshirt Year 2005

  • Redshirted as a true freshman
Medical Redshirt Year 2005

Redshirted as a true freshman.