Jordan Peterson | Fresno State

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Jordan Peterson's Resume
Team: Fresno State
Organization: NCAA Football
Position: Recruiting Coordinator/OLB
Hometown: Lexington, Texas


Jordan Peterson enters his fifth season serving as an assistant coach at Fresno State. He was hired on Jan. 4, 2012. Peterson was the secondary coach his first three years before moving over to coach the outside linebackers in 2015.

He also serves as the team’s recruiting coordinator while assisting with special teams, spearheading the team’s academics and coordinating summer camps.

Last year in 2015 coaching the outside linebackers, Ejiro Ederaine garnered second-team All-Mountain West accolades playing under Peterson. Ederaine ranked No. 5 in the Mountain West in tackles with 99 while ranking second in the league in tackles for a loss with 16.5 and tying for first in sacks with 9.0 during the regular season.

As a team in 2015, Fresno State posted 28 sacks and 15.5 of those came from the outside linebacking corps.

Fresno State’s secondary flourished in Peterson’s first season working with the unit. The Bulldogs ranked second nationally in pass defense in 2012, allowing just 167.2 passing yards per game, and were fourth in pass efficiency defense.

The Bulldogs also ranked third in the FBS with 22 interceptions. Strong safety Phillip Thomas led the FBS in interceptions with eight and Derron Smith tied for sixth nationally with six picks.

Thomas went on to garner unanimous All-America accolades, becoming the first Bulldog in school history to garner unanimous All-America status. He was also one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, won the 2012 CFPA Defensive Back Trophy and was the 2012 Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.

Smith joined Thomas on the All-Mountain West first-team while Fresno State’s two starting corners in 2012, L.J. Jones and Sean Alston, were both honorable mention selections.

Smith went on to earn a total of three first-team All-Mountain West honors in his career, becoming the 11th player in program history to be named first-team all-conference three times. Smith intercepted 15 passes in his career and ranks in a tie for second in MW history in career picks.

Alston tied for 17th nationally with five interceptions in 2012 and Jones ranked third in the Mountain West with 13 pass breakups. Jones went on to earn honorable mention All-MW honors in 2013, despite missing the last five games of the season with a knee injury.

Prior to joining the Fresno State staff, Peterson was a defensive graduate assistant coach at Texas A&M in 2010 and 2011. With the Aggies, Peterson was responsible for game preparation and scouting as well as working with the secondary.

A former cornerback with Texas A&M, Peterson played in 35 games over his four-year career from 2006-09 and he made 15 starts. Peterson recorded 81 tackles in his career, broke-up 15 passes, had two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and four interceptions, including one that he returned 48 yards for a touchdown against New Mexico as a junior in 2008.

Peterson was a two-time Academic All-Big 12 first-team honoree and in 2008 he was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-Region VI team.

Peterson received his bachelor’s degree in sport management from Texas A&M in 2009 along with his master’s in education curriculum and instruction in 2010.

He graduated from Lexington (Texas) High School, where he earned first-team all-state honors as a defensive back and honorable mention honors as a quarterback his senior year. He was named Texas Prep Xtra Central Texas MVP (all classifications) and Class 2A Player of the Year as a senior.

Peterson was born on Aug. 18, 1987 in Brenham, Texas and is married to the former Melissa Gordon and the couple had their first daughter, Ellie, in early April 2014.

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