44 - John Kreifels
John Kreifels
Height: 5-9
Weight: 205
Year: Fr.
Hometown: Modesto, Calif.
High School: Thomas Downey HS '13
Position: LB
Experience: HS*

2014: Listed as a reserve at weak-side outside linebacker on the preseason depth chart. He had a total of 12 tackles in three spring scrimmages.

2013: Redshirted. Was the team’s co-Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year along with fellow linebacker Jake Gall. Was the team’s scout team defensive player of the week twice and earned the same award for special teams twice.

HS: Graduated from Thomas Downey HS in 2013. Kreifels started at linebacker as a senior and was a first team All-Modesto Metro Conference selection. He helped lead the Knights to a 10-2 record and their first conference championship since 2003. He had 56 total tackles (38 solo), one sack, three quarterback hurries, 10 pass deflections, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one blocked field goal for the Knights. He returned that blocked field goal 70 yards for a touchdown versus Merced on Aug. 31. He also had 10 tackles, three pass deflections, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in that game. Kreifels had a season-high 13 tackles in a win against Central Catholic, which was the first time in 23 years any Modesto public school had defeated Central Catholic. Thomas Downey finished 10-2 overall and was a perfect 6-0 in the Metro Conference. The Knights lost 56-20 to Granite Bay in the quarterfinals of the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I Playoffs after defeating Bethel 41-6 in the first round. Prior to the 2012 season, the Modesto Bee selected him as a first team preseason All-MCC selection as a defensive back. Kreifels was also named the Most Valuable Defensive Back at the University of Oregon football camp. As a junior in 2011, Kreifels was chosen as a first team All-Modesto Metro Conference selection as a linebacker, and was one of only two juniors selected to the first team defense. He started at linebacker and totaled 82 tackles (22 solo), eight sacks, six quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two pass deflections. He had a season-high 12 tackles and a sack in consecutive games against Davis and Bower in October 2011. He helped lead the Knights to their first playoff appearance in eight years. The Knights finished 8-3 and 5-1 in the league, and lost 34-12 to Del Campo in the first round of the playoffs. He also wrestled in high school.

Personal: Major undecided. Born 12/22/94 in Sacramento, Calif. His parents are Rhodney and Pennie Kreifels. Last name is pronounced “cry-fuls.”


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