54 Jake Coffman
Member of the Huskies' 2010 Leadership Council.
2010: Started all 14 games at defensive end. Led the Huskie defense in quarterback sacks with 9.5, tackles for loss with 16.5 and ranked fifth in total tackles with 46. His sack and tackles for loss totals each ranked second in the MAC. Tackles for loss total (16.5) is the fifth-highest single season tally in school history while his 9.5 quarterback sacks is sixth-best one-year total. Finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and named a "first team" selection. Selected to the 2010 All-MAC Second Team Defense and was a first team all-MAC choice by Phil Steele's Magazine and rivals.com. Also named NIU's Most Inspirational Player for 2010. Closed out his career with a dominating performance in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl versus Fresno State (12-18) with three sacks for minus 16 yards and four-and-half tackles for losses of 20 yards among his six tackles with a forced fumble and five solo stops. He was named to both ESPN.com and CollegeFootballNews.com All-Bowl teams. Had a tackle in every game and a tackle for loss in 12 of NIU's 14 games on the year. Recorded a career-high eight tackles, including two sacks for minus15 yards, and a blocked field goal against Miami (Ohio) in the 2010 MAC Championship game (12-3). Named MAC West Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts at Western Michigan (10-30) and Eastern Michigan (11-26). Made a game-clinching interception at the NIU 12-yard line with 39 seconds left in the game to stop WMU's final drive and preserve the win against the Broncos. Posted four tackles and one-and-a-half sacks against the Broncos. Recorded five stops, a sack and a forced fumble while playing just over a half against the Eagles. Credited with three tackles, including a sack, his first of the season, at Akron (10-2). Made three solo tackles and sacked the Ball State quarterback for a nine-yard loss. In on five stops, with half a tackle for loss, versus Central Michigan (10-23). Broke up a pass versus Toledo (11-9) while adding two tackles. Returned to play his senior season after originally deciding to retire after the 2009 season. Did not participate in 2010 spring practices.
2009: Honored as the 2009 Male Athlete of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. Earned second team All-MAC honors playing in five games at defensive end and final seven at nose guard. Selected as team's 2009 Defensive MVP after starting in 12 games. Ranked first among defensive ends with 39 tackles, including 21 unassisted tackles. Led the Huskies in sacks with 8.5 and tackles for loss with 13.5 for minus 93 yards on the year. His 8.5 sacks rank eighth on the NIU single season list. Also totaled five pass break ups and recovered two fumbles. Made a career-high seven tackles, including two solo stops, against Wisconsin (9-5). Recorded a tackle for a loss of six yards against Western Illinois (9-12). Recorded his first career touchdown when he ran for a 79-yard TD on an interception return against Western Michigan (10-3). Also tallied two tackles, including a tackle for a loss of two yards, a pass break-up and recovered a fumble against the Broncos to earn MAC West Defensive Player of the Week honors. Made his second sack of the season against Toledo (10-17), while recording six tackles, including two tackles for loss against the Rockets. Moved from defensive end to nose guard versus Miami (10-24) and made five tackles, three for loss, and had a career-high 2.5 sacks against the Redhawks. Also had five tackles, three unassisted, and one pass break-up in that game. Had a sack for a loss of two yards and two tackles against Akron (10-31). Totaled three tackles, one solo, with a tackle for a loss of one yard against Eastern Michigan (11-5). Recorded a safety in the Huskies' victory against Ball State (11-12). Garnered his second MAC West Defensive Player of the Week award after recording two sacks for a loss of 31 yards, four tackles and tying his career-high tackles for loss with three at Ohio (11-21). Also had four tackles, including three solo stops, in that game. Made six tackles, including a half tackle for loss and recorded his team-leading fifth pass break-up of the season against Central Michigan (11-27). Recorded a sack for a loss of 12 yards and had three tackles, two unassisted, against South Florida in the International Bowl (1-3).
2008: Played in 11 games, starting in the Independence Bowl against Louisiana Tech (12-28). Ranked second on the team among defensive ends with 22 tackles, including 16 solo stops. Totaled three tackles for loss, including two sacks. Co-led the team with two fumble recoveries, both against Toledo (10-18), earning team defensive lineman of the week honors. Also had three tackles, with one sack, in that game. Broke up two passes, second-most among defensive lineman. Tallied a career-high six tackles, five solo, versus Navy (11-25). Made three tackles, with one for loss, against Central Michigan (11-12). Totaled two tackles, with one sack for a loss of nine yards, versus Louisiana Tech. Recorded three tackles, with two solo, and recovered a fumble at Kent State (11-18). Had one tackle and one pass break-up against both Eastern Michigan (9-27) and Tennessee (10-4).
2007: Played the first four games of the season before injuring his foot and undergoing surgery which forced him to sit out the remainder of the year. In addition to moving up to a second-team defensive end spot, saw action on the punt coverage unit. Made nine tackles on the year. Totaled a career-high four stops vs. Eastern Michigan (9-15). On the field for 40 snaps and registered three tackles, two solo, at Idaho (9-22).
High School: First team All-Upstate Illini South Conference and first team all-area during his senior season. Team captain as tight end, linebacker and defensive end for 11-3 squad that reached state's elite eight during his senior year. Totaled 22 catches for 508 yards at tight end. Honorable mention all-conference selection on 9-3 playoff qualifier as a junior. Three-sport athlete also competed in basketball and baseball. Led the Cardinal in sacks and fumble recoveries.
Personal: Born Aug. 9, 1984. Sociology major and a history minor. Enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps out of high school and advanced to the rank of corporal. Served two tours in the Middle East. Played football at Camp Pendleton, San Diego, where he was named the 2005 Mike Anderson Defensive Player of the Year. Parents are Timothy and Victoria Coffman. Aspires to pursue a career in government. Admirer of Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher.
COFFMAN'S CAREER STATISTICS
COFFMAN'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Tackles: 8, vs. Miami (OH) (MAC Championship), 12-3-10
TFLs: 4.5, vs. Fresno State (Humanitarian Bowl) 12-18-10
Sacks: 3, vs. Fresno State (Humanitarian Bowl), 12-18-10
TDs: 1, vs. Western Michigan, 10-3-09
Int: 1, twice, last at Western Michigan, 10-30-10