Jonathan Yenga
Jonathan  Yenga


Euless, Texas

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 224



Senior (2015): Played in all 12 games, starting 10... Had 58 tackles (37 solo)... Had half a tackle for loss a pass defended and a fumble recovery vs. North Texas... Recorded a individual-high 14 tackles vs. James Madison.

Junior (2014):
Played in all 12 games, starting 11... Ranked fourth on the team with 65 tackles... Added 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks... Had 10+tackle games against Tulsa and USF.

Sophomore (2013): Played in all 12 games, starting eight of them... Fifth on the team in total tackles with 49, including 29 solo... Third on the team in tackles for loss with 11 TFLs for a team-high 51 yards... Team-high six sacks for 29 yards... Added his first career forced fumble (at TCU), a pass breakup and two QB hurries... Had 1.5 TFLs or more in five games.

Freshman (2012): Played in all 13 games, notching 11 tackles... Part of an SMU defense that posted two shutouts, tied an NCAA season record for pick-sixes and tied for third in the country in total takeaways and second in fumble recoveries for TDs.

2011: Redshirted.

Prep: A three-star and recruit... Rated as the nation's No. 41 outside linebacker and the No. 71 player in all of Texas by Scout... Selected to PrepStar Magazine's All-Midlands Region Team... Named to's Texas Top 300... An AP honorable mention All-State choice... Chosen to the Ft. Worth Star Telegram's Area Top 50 and rated No. 51 on the Dallas Morning News' Area Top 100... Led Euless Trinity to the 2010 State Championship game after winning the State Championship as a junior... An All-District honoree... Named Dave Campbell's Texas Football's preseason Defensive District MVP... Averaged 9.3 tackles per game during his senior season, racking up 134 stops, seven TFL and three sacks on the year... Totaled 143 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one pick as a junior... Chose SMU over offers from Oklahoma State, Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Minnesota and Tulsa among others.

Personal: Brother, Youri, was a four-year starter for SMU.

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