As the final stage of Jake’s progression from college football to the pros will come to a close on Thursday night during the NFL Draft, there will be a little more attention on him beforehand as he will be featured on ESPN’s in depth show ‘E:60′ tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. P.S.T. The show will focus on Jake’s decision to forego entering the 2010 NFL draft and his level of commitment inside and outside of football. Here is a clip of the program:
Following the hour long program, the second part of ESPN’s series “Three For the Show” will air at 5 p.m. P.S.T. The 3 part documentary follows Jake (along with Tyrod Taylor and Cam Newton) from 2010′s preseason through February’s combine as he makes the transition to a career in pro football. The show features behind the scenes footage along with interviews from coaches, family and Jake himself.
As there are a lot of pro teams that will be looking to draft a quarterback in the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft, Jake had a lot of eyes on him during his 4 day stretch of the NFL Combine. Fortunately, by many accounts he improved his draft stock after a successful showing in the speed and agility drills, throwing excercises and the personal interview process.
Jake said that he talked to every NFL team in some capacity, and that the interview side was a lot of talk about football in general. He was also pleased at how the event went overall.
“I felt really good. It was a good week for me. I thought the interview process went well, the medical stuff went well and when I was able to get on the field I felt comfortable and confident.”
Jake placed in the top half of every measured athletic drill, including 3rd in his ‘official’ 40-yard time (4.59 official after two 4.52 unofficial readings), 1st in the 3-cone drill (6.77), 3rd in the vertical leap (35″), and 4th in the broad jump (10′).
Jake will have one final audition for NFL personnel before April’s draft, and this one will come with a home field advantage as it will be held on U of W’s campus on March 30th.
Here is a clip of the media interview portion of the Combine:
A clip of Jake in the 40:
And a training segment of Jake at Velocity Sports, preparing for the Combine:
Please join us in The Run of Hope, an annual event taking place on October 3rd at Seward Park in Seattle. The 5k run and 3k walk, which helps raise money to fund pediatric tumor research, was started by the family of Kyle Roger, a young friend of Jake’s who passed away last year from Cancer.
Don’t miss the Huskies first game of the 2010 season, a contest with BYU Saturday at 4:00 p.m. (PST) in Provo, Utah. The game marks the rematch of the 2008 game, a 28-27 BYU victory in Seattle that ended with a controversial 15-yard celebration penalty against Jake and a missed PAT.
“It was a tough game, a tough loss for us — a game that, in my opinion, if it would have gone a little differently, might have given us a different outcome that year,” Jake told Scott Johnson of Heraldnet.com. “It’s a tough one to look back to and remember the way we lost that one. It’s one of those ones that sticks with you for a while.”
However, Jake is taking this year in stride and won’t carry the thought of that play into the game on Saturday–he mentioned he hadn’t thought about it much since it happened 2 years ago. Nevertheless, he did mention that if he scores this time, he will take a different celebration approach.
“I’ll take the ball to the referee this Saturday for sure,” Jake said.
The game will be televised live at 4:00 on CBS College Sports. Check with your local cable company to verify that the game is available in your area and that you have the correct cable package for viewing that channel.
In the last couple of days, Jake has earned his way onto the radar of a couple more prestigious award watch lists.
The Manning Award, named after the trio of Archie/Peyton/Eli, has announced Jake is a possible recipient for 2010. While it is another award that is given to the nation’s top quarterback, the player selected is announced after the bowl games are played and the respective bowl performances are taken into consideration.
Jake has also made his way onto a lofty list: the Walter Camp Trophy watch list. The Walter Camp Award is a special achievement that is handed out to the player of the year, no matter the position. Additionally, not only does the Walter Camp Foundation hand out an annual award to the Collegiate Football Player of the Year, but they also recognize their Man of the Year, Coach of the Year, among others. Outside of the Heisman Trophy, the Walter Camp Trophy is the most desirable and significant accolade a football player can garner.
One of Jake’s passions is to help out kids fighting life challenging diseases. Often he makes visits and phone calls to offer support and enouragement to kids and their families, and helps out in fundraising and promoting good causes, such as the Run of Hope.
In an effort to assist families that have daunting medical costs as a result of needed pediatric care, Jake has recently teamed up with the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s to establish “UW’s Touchdown For Kids.” The foundation was created to ‘provide world-class pediatric care to every child in our region who needs it regardless of a family’s ability to pay.’
You can jump in as a flat-fee sponsor or can make a pledge to donate everytime the Huskies score a touchdown. You can listen to Jake explain how you can be a part of this important cause here. You can also listen to Jake’s interview on KJR a.m. where he talks about the Touchdown for Kids program.
As you may have learned over the last year and a half, Jake lost a close friend, 8 year old Kyle Roger, to a brain tumor in early 2009. Since Kyle’s passing his mother, Christin, started the Seattle “Run of Hope”, a charitable race formed in his honor to assist in the funding of pediatric brain tumor research. Last year’s event raised over $250,000 after monumental support from the Seattle community, and because of the great success it will be held every year.
This year’s charitable 5k run/3k walk will be on Sunday, October 3rd in Seattle, and the hope is to achieve another great year of participation and contributions to such an important endeavor. In that spirit, Jake shot some promos for KOMO–Coach Sark’s website has some photos from the taping of his appearance.
If you wish to find out ways to help without being a part of the race, please visit Kyle Roger’s team page. And, if you wanted to learn more about Kyle’s story, you can find it here.
Thanks to everyone who helped make 2009′s event such a great success, and we look forward to seeing you in October!
‘Tis the season for preseason award watch lists, and Jake has made two of the most prestigious lists for quarterbacks. Jake has been named as a possible future recipient for the Johnny Unitas “Golden Arm Award“, an honor given to the nation’s best quarterback. In order to be considered for the trophy the player must not only have a great year on the field but must also ‘demonstrate good citizenship off the field and maintain the ideals of good character, morals, and values that Johnny Unitas upheld in his lifetime and career.’
And, recently released, the Davey O’Brien Foundation announced that Jake has also made their watch list for the 2010 season, the second consecutive season he has been named to the list. The Davey O’Brien award goes to the quarterback who displays the best balance of on and off the field performance.
Both award winners will be announced shortly after the completion of the 2010 regular college football season.
In an interview yesterday with 710 ESPN, Jake announced that he plans on saving this summer exclusively for football related activities, silencing some speculation that he may fulfill some baseball obligations with the Angels organization prior to the 2010 football season.
“I’m going to concentrate on getting ready for this coming football season” Jake told Paul Silvi and Jim Moore yesterday. “It’s a big summer for us as far as making sure that we’re here spending time with each other, getting cohesion between me and the receivers and the running backs and the line, able to work with everybody as a unit and getting comfortable with each other. So I think it’s an important summer for us. I’ll be here spending time with those guys.”
Jake signed a 6-year rights contract with the MLB’s Anaheim/LA Angels franchise last year after being drafted in the 10th round, yet was open and honest that football was his first priority. Nevertheless, the Angels wanted an athlete of his caliber and were willing to take the risk of him not playing baseball in the next 6 years. And, for Jake it is a great back up plan in case his football pursuits do not materialize after college–however unlikely that is.
Obviously, this announcement is music to the ears of Husky Football fans. If you want to hear the full interview, you can catch the full audio here. Also, you can read some more thoughts on the matter here.