Overview — After redshirting, is one of the Bruins starting catching candidates ... Has an outstanding arm which is both strong and accurate ... “Jeff is really coming along in all areas and is a great team guy,” said Head Coach Gary Adams.
2002 (Summer) - Played for the Athletes in Action of the M.I.N.K. League ... Hit .225 with 11 RBI and two home runs in 25 games.
2002 - Redshirted
2001 (Summer)—Hit .355 with 3 homers in 25 games for the independent Portland Cardinals (wood-bat league).
Lakeridge HS (Lake Oswego) — Lettered four times in baseball and three times in football for head coaches Dave Gasser and Mike Coulson, respectively … Was selected the 2001 Class 4A Player of the Year by coaches around the state of Oregon … Hit .390 with six homers and 30 RBI … Arguably the state’s most feared defensive catcher - opponents only attempted five steals on him last season, and were successful just twice … Also picked off 16 baserunners in 2001 … Led Lakeridge to Class 4A state titles in sophomore and senior seasons, as well as a berth in the state final in his junior season … In 2001 state semifinal, Abney hit a two-out, two-run homer to tie in game in the bottom of the seventh against Sheldon HS. The Pacers went on to win the game, 6-5 … All-league selection at middle linebacker in senior football season.
Personal—Full Name: Jeffrey Blake Abney … Born on September 15, 1982 in Fullerton, California … Parents are Ronald and Carol Abney … Has three sisters, Renee, Laura and Erin … Decided to attend UCLA because “it’s the all-around best school” … Favorite part of baseball is the joy and satisfaction you get from hard work … Father played college baseball.