Career: Favorably compared to former Northern Illinois tight end Brad Cieslak (now with NFL Buffalo Bills). Owns 15 starts, 40 career receptions for 388 yards (9.7 yards-per-catch average), one TD and 1,348 snaps in 32 appearances (2003-05).
Joe Novak: "Jake's one of the best tight ends in the MAC. He's a big part of our offense. What makes him a top-notch tight end? For one, he's athletic. He's physical. He's got great hands and he can run. He's a doggoned, good football player."
2006 Preseason: First-Team All-MAC selection by Street & Smith's. Listed as Second-Team All-MAC selection by Phil Steele's College Football Preview.
2005: Named Second-Team All-MAC by league coaches. Finished No. 4 in team receiving (26 catches for 266 yards and one TD). Earned second letter with nine starts and 644 overall snaps (47 on special teams) in 11 games. Tied career-high with four receptions for 51 yards vs. No. 4-rated Michigan (9-3-05) and four grabs for 47 yards vs. Northwestern (9-10-05). Caught three passes for 30 yards and TD in showdown vs. Toeldo (11-16-05). Added three grabs for 19 yards vs. Ball State (10-29-05) and three more for 15 yards vs. Miami (OH) (10-5-05). Was projected as Third-Team All-MAC pick by Phil Steele's College Football Preview. Made two receptions for seven yards in spring game (4-23-05).
2004: Won first letter with six starts at "R" (hybrid FB-TE) and 638 overall snaps (482 on offense and 156 on special teams) in 12 games. Finished No. 5 in team receiving (14 catches for 122 yards). Made first two 1-A catches (for 15 yards) in initial start vs. No. 22 (AP) Maryland (9-4-04). Caught career-high four passes for 50 yards vs. Central Michigan (10-16-04). Added three grabs for 11 yards on ESPN2 vs. Toledo (11-9-04). Pulled in two passes for 19 yards on ESPN2 vs. Bowling Green State (9-24-04). Went career-high 73 snaps vs. Eastern Michigan (11-20-04). Contributed on KOR, placement, and punt units. Began year as No. 1 "R."
2003: Played 66 overall snaps (26 on offense and 40 on special teams) in nine games. Made travel roster five times. Performed season-high 15 snaps vs. Ball State (11-1-03). Started August as No. 2 "R." Switched jersey number from No. 49 to No. 86 in spring. 2002: Red-shirted as true frosh. Began career as No. 5 FB.
Prep: Produced 318 career tackles at MLB and 58 catches for 752 yards and nine TDs at wingback (1998-2001). Named team captain, Most Valuable Defensive Player and Offensive Back, First-Team All-212 Conference, First-Team West Central Tribune All-Area, and First-Team Associated Press All-State on 14-0 league and Class 2A Minnesota State High School League champs as a senior for coach Terry Karlsgodt. Notched 144 tackles and 11 QB sacks at MLB and 557 ground yards and 13 TDs in 100 attempts, plus nine catches for 121 yards and two TDs at WB (2001). Completed 3-of-5 passes for 130 yards and two TDs in final year. Won First-Team All-212 Conference and All-Area honors on 9-2 loop champ with 107 tackles and 21 catches for 210 yards and four TDs as a junior. Set school single-game tackle record (30) vs. Hortonville (2000). Caught 28 passes for 401 yards and three TDs--including a school-record 80-yarder vs. MACCRAY (1999)--as a soph. Booted 30-of 41 PAT kicks in first two years (1998-99) and averaged 34.1 yards on 15 punts for 512 yards (2000). Lettered in football (4), basketball (2), and track (3). All-Area shot putter with 54-foot outdoor best as a junior. National Honor Society member.
Chart: Muscle beach "lifting" fanatic. Trains with NT Brad Benson. Produced 25 reps with 225 pounds, 29-inch vertical jump, 280-pound power clean, 370-pound bench press, and 440-pound back squat in off-season conditioning program (2006).
Birthdate (Age): 7-8-84 (22).
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