Goal No. 5: BE TOUGH. Mentally and physically.
#5 Jesse Mack
Position: Defensive Back
Previous College: Highland Community College
Status: On Scholarship
Jesse Dejuan Mack (b. Oct. 2, 1993) is a community college transfer who has seen limited action during the past two seasons and will compete for more playing time. He graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology.
Mack saw limited action in 2014 against UTEP, but did not record any statistics. He played in five games last season, mainly as a reserve defensive back, and recorded five tackles, including a career-high two stops against both UTSA and TCU. He also recorded a tackle and a pass breakup against South Dakota.
After redshirting, Mack played one season for Highland Community College under head coach Aaron Arnold, helping the team to earn a 6-4 record in 2013. He was ranked No. 12 among junior college cornerbacks by ESPN.
He came away with 42 tackles, two interceptions and five pass breakups, and returned an interception 29 yards against Butler, a season-long return for the Scotties that helped them to defeat the fourth-ranked Grizzlies 23-21.
Mack prepped under head coach Freddy Brown at Spartanburg High School, helping his team to go 5-3 in 2011.
He played quarterback throughout his high school career before switching to cornerback as a senior, a year in which he led the state with 17 pass breakups and recorded three interceptions.