|High School:||Shorecrest HS '06|
2010: Listed as a starter at “boundary” cornerback on EWU’s preseason depth chart. In the spring, he was presented an “Iron Eagle” Award for his off-season academic and athletic achievements.
2009: He played in nine games, starting two, as an injury spoiled a promising start to the season. He had 10 tackles versus Western Oregon (9/5/09) in his first-ever start as an Eagle cornerback after playing previously at EWU as a safety (2008) and running back (2006). He had four tackles in his next start against California (9/12/09), but suffered a high ankle/knee sprain during EWU’s practice the day before the Northern Colorado (9/19/09) game. He missed EWU’s next three games before returning to play sparingly against Weber State (10/10/09). He had eight tackles versus Northern Arizona (11/21/09) in EWU’s playoff-clinching victory over the Lumberjacks. He ended the year with his first career interception versus Stephen F. Austin (11/28/09) in the FCS Playoffs.
2008: Did not start, but played in all 11 Eastern games. He had a season-high four tackles versus Portland State (11/4/08).
2007: Redshirted after suffering a season-ending elbow injury in Eastern’s season-opener against Montana-Western (8/31/07). Moved from running back to safety in the fall after Gregor Smith was lost for the season with a shoulder injury.
2006: Played as a true freshman, finishing as the team’s third-leading rusher with 234 yards. He had the team’s top performance of the year with 124 yards and a touchdown in EWU’s 34-0 win over Northern Colorado (10/14/06). He was the team’s special teams player of the week against Portland State (10/21/06).
HS: Graduated from Shorecrest HS in 2006. Was one of five finalists for the Seattle Times High School Athlete of the Year. Earned first team 3A All-State honors as a running back from Associated Press as selected by sportswriters and broadcasters. He was also on the Seattle Times All-State team after rushing for a state-leading (all classifications) 2,222 yards and 37 total touchdowns. In addition, WashingtonPreps.com selected him to its 3A All-State first team as both a running back and defensive back. Selected to play in the 4A/3A East-West All-State Game. Named by the Seattle Times as a “Red Chip” selection as one of the top 29 recruits in the state of Washington. The Seattle Times selected him to its “Star Times” All-Area first team as a running back. Also, he was a first team All-WesCo South Division selection as both a running back and defensive back. Besides his 2,000 yards on offense, he finished his senior season with 56 tackles and five interceptions. He also had 211 yards from receptions and 181 yards on returns. He helped lead Shorecrest to a 10-2 record and its first State 3A playoff berth since 1994. He had a school-record 397 yards and seven touchdowns in a winner-to-state game, a 57-56 victory over Lynden. He also blocked an extra point and a field goal, and forced a fumble. He broke the school’s single game rushing record three times and twice scored seven touchdowns. As a safety and cornerback he had 56 tackles and five interceptions. He had 288 yards and seven touchdowns in the first three quarters in what appeared to be a runaway victory over Mariner. But when Mariner scored 33 points in the fourth quarter, Hoffman re-entered the game and recovered an onside kick to preserve the 69-60 win. Also played basketball, averaging seven points as a senior after missing his junior season with a shoulder injury. In track, he ran the second leg of the State 3A championship 4x100 relay team, and the anchor leg of the winning 4x400 relay. Both winning times – 42.64 and 3:21.14, respectively – were school records. He was also ninth in the long jump and competed at State in the 100.
Personal: Born 1/18/88 in Fountain Valley, Calif. His older brother Shane Hoffman also signed with the Eagles as a junior college transfer out of Orange Coast College in California. The brothers signed their letters of intent on Jesse’s 18th birthday, and Shane lettered in 2008 as a reserve receiver and special teams player. Jesse loves to write, mostly short stories. Mechanical engineering technology major.
Year GP TT Hi S TL-Yds FF-FR PBU I-Yds
2006 10 1 1 0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
2007 1 1 1 0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
2008 11 16 4 0 0-0 0-0 0 0-0
2009 9 32 10 0 0-0 1-0 4 1-0
Totals 31 50 10 0 0-0 1-0 4 1-0
Rushing: 2006/46-234-5.1-1 (long of 63, high game of 124 versus UNC 10/14/06)
Receiving: 2006/6-31-0 (long of 12).
Kickoff Returns: 2006/11-226-20.5-0 (long of 46); 2008/1-20-20.0-0; Totals/12-246-20.5-0 (long of 46).