Jefferson Real Treat for West

Published 10/31 2011 11:12PM

Updated 10/31 2011 11:24PM

WMBD/WYZZ-TV - NORMAL, Ill. --  He might be the most exciting football player in central Illinois.

Alex Jefferson is certainly one of hardest to stop. And one of the most humble.

Alex Jefferson/Normal West QB: "I try and play to the best of my ability, let the team work together. And let whatever happens, happens."

What typically happens is Jefferson leads Normal West (10-0) into the endzone. Jefferson had five TD passes and better than 300 yards passing in the first half of Friday's playuoff victory over Rock Island.

Jefferson is a major threat from the minute the ball gets snapped to him. He can run with it, he can
pass it and sometimes he's most dangerous when the play breaks down.

"He definitely makes the coach look good," said Normal West coach Darren West. "He has a great, inate ability to feel pressure and get out of those jams."

Scrambling is one of Jefferson's best qualities.

"Trusting my line and trusting my receivers, so when the play breaks down I can try and make a play," said Jefferson.

Added offensive lineman Ben Smith: "It's nice to know that we have somebody back there who
can make something out of nothing.

The play of the small, left-handed, elusive senior is sometimes compared to NFL star Michael Vick.

"I think any time you get compared to someone on his level but I also want to create my own image," said Jefferson.

Ask Wildcats opponents and they'll say he's doing that very well.

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