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Jerod Mayo

Mayo during an August 28, 2009 preseason game against the Washington Redskins.
No. 51     New England Patriots
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: February 23, 1986 (1986-02-23) (age 24)
Place of birth: Hampton, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 242 lb (110 kg)
Career information
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Debuted in 2008 for the New England Patriots
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2009
Tackles     231
Sacks     1.5
Interceptions     0
Forced fumbles     2
Pass deflections     5
Stats at NFL.com

Jerod Mayo (born February 23, 1986 in Hampton, Virginia) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Patriots tenth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee.

He was named the 2008 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

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Early years

Mayo attended Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Virginia, where he earned three letters in football as a linebacker and a running back. As a senior, Mayo recorded 110 tackles, including 18 for loss, and two interceptions. Also playing running back for seven games, he picked up 1,245 rushing yards and scored 13 touchdowns and five two-point conversions during his final campaign. As a junior, he recorded 68 tackles including 22 for loss, four interceptions and three sacks and earned First-team All-District, All-Area and All-Region honors.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Mayo ranked eleventh among outside linebackers nation-wide.[1]

College career

Mayo played college football for the Tennessee Volunteers. After redshirting the 2004 season, he appeared in six games at weak-side outside linebacker in 2005, finishing with 13 tackles (10 solo). Mayo made the Volunteers starting lineup as a redshirt sophomore in 2006, as he started 11 contests at weak-side outside linebacker. He finished third on the team with 83 tackles (48 solos), including five sacks for minus 40 yards, 12.5 stops for losses of 51 yards and a quarterback pressure. He also recovered one fumble and deflected a pass. Rivals.com subsequently named him to their All-American second team.

For his junior season, Mayo moved to middle linebacker and started all 14 games. Serving as the defensive squad's co-captain, he went on to register 140 tackles in 2007, the most by a Tennessee defender since Earnest Fields registered those same totals for the Volunteers in 1990. He added 1.5 quarterback sacks for minus 11 yards, 8.5 stops for losses and five quarterback pressures, and also returned an interception 34 yards for a touchdown. Mayo was a consensus All-Southeast Conference first-team selection and also earned All-American second-team honors by The NFL Draft Report.

Professional career

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Pre-draft

Mayo was considered one of the best linebackers available in the 2008 NFL Draft and drew comparisons to Will Witherspoon.[2] Sporting News described Mayo as a “perfect fit to play one of the inside spots” in a 3-4 defense.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6′1⅜″ 237 lb 4.56 1.52 2.57 4.29 7.32 40½ in. 9′5″ 22 rep
Vertical from NFL Combine; all others from Tennessee Pro Day[2]

New England Patriots

2008 season

Mayo was drafted by the New England Patriots with the tenth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. He was signed on July 24, 2008, to a five-year contract (rather than the six-year maximum allowed by the NFL's collective bargaining agreement) worth $18.9 million, including $13.8 million in bonuses and guarantees.[3] Mayo was the only rookie in the Patriots' 2008 class to start in Week 1, and played every snap for the defense.[4]

Mayo was named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Month for October 2008. He led the Patriots with 24 tackles for the month, including 11 against the Denver Broncos in his first Monday Night Football appearance. In the Patriots' Thursday Night Football game on November 13, 2008, against their division rivals, the New York Jets, Mayo led all defensive players with 20 tackles (16 solo, 4 assisted), the first 20-tackle game of his career.

At the end of the 2008 season, in which Mayo had 128 total tackles (100 solo, 28 assists) and a forced fumble, he was named AP Defensive Rookie of the Year for 2008 in a near-unanimous vote: Mayo received 49 of 50 votes cast, with Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers receiving the other vote.[5]

2009 season

Mayo was injured in the Patriots' 2009 season opener against the Buffalo Bills. The sprained MCL in his knee was originally expected to keep him out 6-8 weeks,[6] but he returned in Week 5 against the Denver Broncos. Mayo finished the season with 103 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Patrick Willis
AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
Brian Cushing

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