Before coming to BYU in 2003, a redshirt season, Jensen played one year for the former Ricks Junior College where he led the team in tackles and earned all-conference honors. Following his freshman campaign he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rostov, Russia.
Jensen is an alumnus of Bountiful High School where he starred at linebacker and fullback from 1997-1999. He was named 4A state MVP his senior season after leading the Braves to an undefeated regular season where they lost in the state championship game to Weber.
The 240-pound linebacker was an unknown to those outside of the Cougars' locker room heading into last season. He thrived in current head coach Bronco Mendenhall's 3-3-5 defensive scheme that relies heavily on deception and speed. Their constant blitzing allowed Jensen to flow to the ball unmarked.
He quickly became a leader of the defense with his work ethic and humility and will take on a much greater role in the Cougars' defense this year.
The Nagurski trophy has been a staple of the FWAA's awards since 1993. The winner will be chosen from an 11-man All-America defensive team selected by the Association's All-America Committee. The trophy will be awarded Dec. 5, 2005, as five finalists will vie for the award.
The FWAA will also select a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week beginning Sept. 3 and running through the middle of November.