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Jeff Gladney

School

TCU

Position
Cornerback
Major
Criminal Justice

Classroom

Just nine hours short of his degree, Jeff Gladney will graduate in December.

Character

Gladney serves on the TCU football program’s leadership council.

Community

Gladney has volunteered at a local food bank and assisted with church camps.

Competition

Gladney is a 2019 Preseason first-team All-American by Pro Football Focus and appears on watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, Jim Thorpe Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy and Senior Bowl. He tied for second nationally among cornerbacks last season in lowest completion percentage allowed (33.3%, 23 of 69) when targeted. Pro Football Focus rated him No. 1 in the Big 12 in lowest passer rating allowed (46.9) with a minimum of 200 coverage snaps. He also ranked No. 1 in the conference in only surrendering a reception every 16.5 coverage snaps.  Gladney had a team-best 13 pass breakups which placed second in the Big 12, and he tied for the TCU lead with two interceptions with both picks coming in the final two games: wins over Oklahoma State and Cal. His pick and a career-high four PBUs in the 31-24 victory over the Cowboys came while defending OSU wide receiver and Biletnikoff Award finalist, Tylan Wallace. For his efforts, he was named a second-team All-Big 12 selection.

A senior from New Boston, Texas, Gladney has made 33 career starts as of nomination time, which is the most among active Horned Frogs, and has TCU’s longest active streak for consecutive starts with 23.

(All stats as of nomination time.)