At Stanford: A fifth-year senior who has earned a reputation as one of the best and most athletic outside linebackers in college football ... An honors candidate in 2005 who will be looked upon to be one of the team leaders ... Combines speed, quickness and athleticism ... Has great instincts and the ability to get in the opponent's backfield ... Has started 16 games in his career, including all 11 last year, and has registered 20 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks and 112 total tackles ... A tremendous prospect who could make his mark on the national scene in 2005 ... Three-year letter-winner. Career Statistics
The 2004 Season: Emerged as one of the top linebackers in the Pacific-10 Conference ... Named Second-Team All-Pac-10 after proving to be one of the top pass rushers in the league ... He was the only player in the conference to finish among the top six in sacks (4th with 9.5), fumbles forced (tied for 5th with three) and tackles for loss (6th with 14.0) ... He led the team in those three categories, tied for the team lead with two fumble recoveries and was third on the team with 61 total tackles ... His 14 tackles for loss ranks ninth on Stanford's all-time single season list and his 9.5 sacks places him No. 12 on the all-time chart ... Jon started all 11 games at outside linebacker and was one of Stanford's most feared defensive players ... He was named the team's Most Outstanding Junior player ... He had a monster game in the Cardinal's last-second loss at Arizona State ... He was credited with seven total tackles, which included five tackles for loss and four quarterback sacks along with a forced fumble ... He had eight tackles vs. Oregon, including 2.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks ... Recorded a season-high 10 tackles at Notre Dame with one tackle for loss and one sack to go along with a fumble recovery ... Had eight tackles and forced a fumble against top-ranked USC. Game-By-Game Statistics
The 2003 Season: Backup outside linebacker who earned a letter for the second consecutive season ... He finished the year with three quarterback sacks, tied for second on the team, four tackles for loss and 21 total tackles ... Began the year with two tackles and one tackle for loss in the season opener vs. San Jose State ... In game two at BYU, he recorded two sacks for -18 yards in Stanford's win over the Cougars ... One of his sacks came in the final moments of the game when BYU had a first-and-goal on the eight yard and was driving for the winning touchdown ... The following week at Washington, he recorded a season-high five tackles, including one quarterback sack and tackle for loss, and one forced fumble ... Had four tackles in Stanford's win over UCLA.
The 2002 Season: Began the year as a backup at outside linebacker, but wound up starting five games during the middle of the season ... Played in all 11 games ... Outstanding special teams player ... Finished the year with 30 total tackles (14 solo, 16 assisted), two tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks and one forced fumble ... Recorded a season-high seven tackles in Stanford's 16-6 win over Arizona ... In his second collegiate game - vs. San Jose State on September 14 - he registered four tackles, one tackle for loss, one quarterback sack and a forced fumble in a reserve role ... His other sack and tackle for loss came against Arizona ... Started games 5-9 vs. Washington State, Arizona, UCLA, Oregon and USC.
The 2001 Season: Redshirted the season as a true freshman inside linebacker.
In High School: One of the top linebackers in the southern United States ... Registered 134 tackles and 21 tackles-for-loss in his senior season at Loyola College Prep School ... Named to SuperPrep's All-Southwest Region team as a senior ... Class AA First-Team All-State, All-City and All-District selection as a senior ... Was also named All-District at running back ... First-Team Academic All-State ... Named First-Team All-District and Academic All-District after his junior campaign ... Played free safety, middle linebacker and tight end as a sophomore ... First-Team All-District as a sophomore ... Started at running back as a freshman ... Member of the National Honor Society ... A 2000 Wendy's High School Heisman Student ... Named a Presidential Scholar in 2000.
Personal Information: Public Policy major.
Getting To Know: Jon Alston
I would describe myself as a person as: extremely passionate
What people don't know about me is: I used to do radio commercials.
The reason I love football is: Actually playing football is one of the most pure experiences one can have within the constraints of the rules. All of your physical and emotional strengths are tested on a constant basis. One can either use the sport to gain strength as a person and in character or choose to let the many valuable lessons of football pass.
I pattern my play after: My own personal ideal as to how I should play.
For me to improve as a person, I need to: Live more consistently, in all aspects.
My favorite pre-game ritual is: Relax and visualize.
My greatest athletic moment is: St. Fredericks vs. Loyola 1999
The biggest thrill in my life to date is: When I got into a head on collision my junior year in HS... I'm blessed to have come out fine.
The teammate I admire the most is: I admire all of my senior teammates. They are an amazing group of people.
My favorite stadium in which to play is: Stanford Stadium by far, it is a dream.
A friend from another college football team is: Dru Ward (TCU), PJ Daniels (Georgia Tech), Darrel Brooks (Arizona)
The reason I chose Stanford University is: There are a million reasons why I chose Stanford.
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned: A million things.
The best thing about Stanford is: The people...
My favorite class at Stanford is: Anything drama related.
My least favorite class at Stanford is: Econ 102A, Econ 102B
What sets Stanford apart from other college football programs: You have to be a special kind of athlete to play for Stanford due to the rigorous admission process. You know that everyone has something extremely special within him or her; something driving them above and beyond everyone else. The key is tapping that, then we will be very successful.
The sports team I followed when I was younger: New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys
When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be: Deion Sanders then LaVar Arrington
The athlete I admire most is: Warrick Dunn, Ed Reed, Curtis Martin
The person I admire most is: The closest members of my family hold my deepest admiration.
If I could spend a day with anyone, it would be: Denzel Washington during the day, just to pick his brain, then I'd hang with Adriana Lima or Natalie Portman at night
The three people in history I admire most are: Jesus Christ, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ghandi
Best book I have read: The Paris Option by Robert Ludlum
Favorite food: Chicken
Least Favorite food: Steamed vegetables, Middle Eastern food
If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on: Baked chicken
Favorite movie: Clue/ Forrest Gump
Favorite TV show: Chappelle's Show
Favorite actor: Denzel Washington
Favorite actress: Natalie Portman
If a movie were made of my life, I would have the following actor play me: Myself
My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be: Sacking QB in a big game, forcing the fumble, recovering it, breaking 3 tackles and scoring.
Favorite musical group or performer: Live: Dave Matthews Band
If I were not playing college football, I would be: A much better student
After my Stanford career, I'd like to be remembered as: A great person
The best advice I ever received was: "Never settle." "Follow your heart, if your heart is content, then your life is content."
The person who had the greatest influence on my life: Everyone in my immediate family.
One moment in history I wish I could have seen: Too many to choose a singular moment.
The place I'd most like to visit: Sienna, Italy... or Cannes, France
The favorite place I've visited: Dublin, Ireland
Hobbies: Watchin' movies, playin' the guitar, sleepin', writin'
Ten years from now, I'd like to be: Where I envision myself being.
My advice to youngsters: Never Settle
My most prized possession: My guitar I guess, through her financial sacrifice, my grandmother bought it for me.
If I won $1 million, I would: Put some In N Out burgers in Louisiana. Bring Johnny's Pizza to California
The one thing about college football I would change: I wouldn't call it an "amateur sport"