Position: Assistant Athletic Director - Football Operations
Education: Colorado '02
At San Diego State:
Jashon Sykes begins his fifth season at San Diego State as the team's Director of Football Operations and his third as the Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the football program including scheduling, budgeting, and team travel.
Sykes works closely with members of the campus community including
the faculty, housing & dining, and academic advising. Other
duties include game day management, community outreach, the
coordination and planning of team events related to the football program,
the annual team awards banquet and special projects.
Sykes also serves as the football team's NFL liaison, managing
and coordinating pro day, and assisting the potential NFL Aztecs
with transitioning from college to the NFL.
Before his arrival on Montezuma Mesa, Sykes spent seven years
as an administrator at his alma mater, Colorado, including the last
two as the Buffaloes' director of football operations in 2011-12. Also
served as director of the team's elite high school summer camp.
Returned to the Boulder campus in 2006 following a four-year
pro playing career, working as an administrative assistant in recruiting
and operations for one season before taking on the role of oncampus
recruiting director in 2007-08.
Spent two summers with the Denver Broncos as a training camp
assistant coach. Worked with the linebackers as an intern in 2007,
before assuming a dual role in 2008 with the operations department
while assisting the defensive line.
Starred at linebacker for Colorado, finishing 10th on the school's
all-time list with 330 tackles. Also amassed 33 tackles for a loss
and 12.5 quarterback sacks during his collegiate career.
Played in all 12 games as a true freshman in 1998, starting four
of the last five games of the year, including the Buffaloes' victory
over Oregon in the Aloha Bowl. Received first-team freshman All-
America honors from The Sporting News after making 52 tackles,
including 14 in the regular-season finale against Nebraska.
Garnered second-team All-America accolades from Football
News and was a first-team all-Big 12 selection by the Associated
Press following his sophomore campaign in 1999. Finished second
in the conference with 134 tackles (82 solo), becoming just the fifth
Colorado sophomore to lead the team in that statistic since 1965.
Also topped the nation with a school-record seven forced fumbles.
Was named defensive MVP of the Insight.com Bowl that season
after recording nine tackles and returning an interception for a
touchdown in the Buffaloes' romp over Boston College.
Earned honorable mention all-Big 12 recognition as a junior in
2000, after totaling 111 tackles (78 solo), 3.5 sacks, two pass deflections
and one interception.
Appeared on preseason watch lists for both the Butkus and Lombardi
Awards prior to his senior campaign in 2001. Started the first
four games that year before suffering a herniated disc. Opted to
declare for the NFL Draft in lieu of pursuing a medical redshirt.
Played two seasons for the Denver Broncos in 2003 and 2004
after landing on the team's practice squad in 2002. Made 11 starts
during the 2003 season, helping the Broncos post the NFL's fourthranked
defense by collecting 65 tackles, two fumble recoveries and
a block punt. Ended his professional playing career with the Washington
Prepped at Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., landing on multiple
All-America lists. Additionally earned a spot on the Long Beach
Press-Telegram's prestigious Best-in-the-West Team, receiving a
maximum 10 votes. Also won three varsity letters in track as a
sprinter and one in basketball.
Received his bachelor's degree in ethic studies from Colorado
He and his wife, Qiana, have two daughters, Joslyn and Autumn,
and a son, Semion.