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In his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Indiana State football program is Jayden Everett. This is Everett's second stint on the Sycamore coaching staff as he was an assistant coach in 2009. Everett works with the Indiana State running backs.
In 2014, the Sycamores had a historic season that saw them finish with an 8-6 overall record and most importantly their first trip to the NCAA FCS Playoffs since 1984 and their first postseason victory since 1983.
Of Indiana State's eight victories in 2014, six were against nationally-ranked FCS opponents. The Sycamores also returned the Victory Bell to Terre Haute for the first time since 1987 when they earned a 27-20 victory in Muncie over FCS opponent Ball State on September 13. The Sycamores also earned a victory over Top 10 FCS opponent Northern Iowa and remained in the national polls a school record 10 consecutive weeks.
The play of senior quarterback Mike Perish, a second-team All-MVFC performer, was a big reason for the Sycamores' success. Perish wrapped his career with the school record for pass completions (620), attempts (1,051), yards (6,696) and touchdowns (45). He also set the single-season record for pass completions, attempts, yards and total offense. His 75-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Johnson in the FCS playoffs set the new school record for touchdown passes in a season with 21.
In total, eight different Sycamores were named all-conference, three were listed as academic all-conference and three more were named to the MVFC All-Newcomer team.
When you dive deep into the Sycamores' 8-6 overall mark, Indiana State owned a FBS victory plus five other wins over nationally ranked foes. They had the nation’s toughest strength of schedule and the five wins over ranked teams were only bettered by FCS Championship Game foes North Dakota State and Illinois State.
Everett tutored LeMonte Booker in 2013 as he was named to the MVFC All-Newcomer Team. Booker was the Sycamores' leader with 25 kickoff returns for 578 yards, averaging 23.1 yards per return. He owned a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against No. 1 North Dakota State. Booker was the team’s third-leading rusher with 42 rushes for 175 yards, averaging over four yards per carry and one touchdown and caught seven passes for 39 yards. He returned five kickoffs against Youngstown State and North Dakota State and had a season-best 173 yards of returns versus the Bison, which was the highest single-game total in the MVFC this season.
Booker tallied a season-best 56 rushing yards at Missouri State and caught four passes against Youngstown State. Booker finished the season with 792 all-purpose yards and ranked second in the MVFC with 23.1 yards per kickoff return as well as second in league games only with 22.3 yards per kickoff return. Booker was also ninth in the league in MVFC contests with a 98.7 all-purpose yards per game average.
"It is great to have Jayden Everett on our staff as he is a former Sycamore football player and alumnus of the university," head coach Mike Sanford said. "He brings great enthusiasm, character and excellent people skills to our program."
He comes back to his alma mater from Hutchinson Community College where he has spent the last three seasons as the recruiting coordinator and running backs coach.
Everett helped former Indiana State head coach Trent Miles earn his first collegiate head coaching victory on October 24, 2009 when the Sycamores downed Western Illinois by the score of 17-14 in the annual Homecoming contest in front of over 6,000 fans.
In addition to success on the field, Everett helped stress a concentration in the classroom for his student-athletes and the payoff came in 2009 in the form of Dan Millington being named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team member by the College Sports Information Directors of America. In the MVFC, Millington was a second team all-academic selection while Gabe Mullane joined him on the second team and Alex Sewall was an honorable mention pick.
On the playing field, Aaron Archie was named an All-MVFC Second Team member while Donye McCleskey and Rod Hardy were honorable mention selections. Additionally, Archie was named a MVFC All-Newcomer selection.
Archie was second in the league in tackles per game with an average of 10.6 stops per contest. Archie was one of three Sycamores to rank in the Valley's top 10 as Sewall's 8.4 tackles per game average was sixth while Donye McCleskey's 8.3 mark was seventh. Additionally, Archie's tackle average finished 12th in the nation.
Everett completed a successful three-year career for the Indiana State program in 2008 that saw him named the team's Co-Most Valuable Player as well as Defensive captain as a senior. Additionally, he was one of three Sycamores to earn All-Missouri Valley Conference Honorable Mention status following the campaign.
During his final year on the team, Everett recorded 102 total tackles, which ranked in the nation's top 20 and was in the top five in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Everett had a key forced fumble and recovery in the season finale against Missouri State that allowed Indiana State to comeback from down 14-0 to force overtime. He posted six games in which he recorded double digit tackles, including a season-high 18 stops on Homecoming versus South Dakota State.
As a junior, Everett totaled 26 total tackles, 17 solo, in three games played before suffering a season ending injury. He recorded 2.5 tackles for loss, tallying twelve yards in all. He also tied for the team lead in 2007 with two forced fumbles.
In his first season at Indiana State, Everett played in all 11 games at linebacker for the Sycamores, recording 61 total stops, including 29 solos. He recorded eight tackles for loss while forcing a fumble and posted a season-high 13 tackles against Murray State as well as a conference-best nine stops versus UNI. His 5.5 tackles per game average finished tied for 28th in the Gateway.
Prior to his time at Indiana State, he played football for two seasons at Coffeyville Junior College for coach Jeff Leiber. Everett was named a Preseason All-American and was First Team All-Jayhawk Conference selection at linebacker. He was credited with 112 total tackles, two interceptions, a pair of sacks and scored two touchdowns. He scored on a recovered blocked punt as well as a 67-yard interception return.
Everett was a three-year letterwinnner at Newton (Kan.) High School, where he played for coach Brent Glann. He was named All-Kansas as a senior. He and his wife, Susan, were married in July of 2012. Everett graduated from Indiana State in 2009.