|High School:||Millard North|
AT COLORADO: 2009 (Sr.)—CU’s first-team fullback, as he played in all 12 games but had just two starts (West Virginia, Missouri) when the Buffs opened with formation that included the position. He didn’t have any carries, but did catch seven passes for 47 yards and a touchdown; the TD came in his final game as a Buff against Nebraska, quite fitting since he was from Omaha. He was also sixth in special team points earned with 11, as he was in on two tackles (one solo), along with seven knockdown blocks on returns, a downed punt and a caused penalty. The coaches selected him the winner of the Dean Jacob Van Ek Award for academic excellence, and also presented him with a Gold Group Commitment Award for the second straight year (achieving excellence with class in several areas).
2008 (Jr.)—Saw action in all 12 games, starting one (Kansas State), though by the end of the year he was basically atop the depth chart. Primarily used in blocking schemes, he caught 12 passes for 75 yards and two touchdowns, the latter coming against Eastern Washington and Texas. Top game was against Oklahoma State when he caught four passes for 32 yards. He also racked up seven special team points on the strength of four tackles (two solo) and three knockdown blocks on returns. The coaches named him a Gold Group Commitment Award recipient for the year.
2007 (Soph.)—At one point listed third on the depth chart at fullback, he ascended to the top spot by the end of the season, playing in 10 games, including the Independence Bowl, starting three. In his first career start at Kansas State, he ripped off 23 yards on the game’s first play (his first career touch), finishing the contest with 29 on three carries. He also caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Cody Hawkins in the game, the play being his first career reception. He also started the following week against Kansas and the Nebraska game. He finished the year with 33 yards rushing on five tries, that one reception, one first down earned and an assisted tackle (inside-the-20) on special teams. In the bowl game against Alabama, he caught one pass for five yards.
2006 (Fr.-RS)—Did not see any action, but did dress for all but one game as he was a regular on the travel squad.
2005 (Fr.)—Redshirted; practiced the entire fall as a fullback.
HIGH SCHOOL—A standout at fullback and defensive end during his prep career, he lettered three times en route to being selected as the Gatorade Nebraska Player of the Year his senior season, when he earned first-team all-state, all-metro and all-district honors. He was named to the pre- and postseason All-Midlands teams by both SuperPrep (its No. 61 player overall) and PrepStar, in addition to being ranked as the No. 12 fullback in the nation (third-best Nebraska prep) by Rivals.com. He was a first-team all-district and all-metro selection his junior year, as well as earning honorable mention all-state accolades. As a senior, he had 203 carries for 1,203 yards and nine touchdowns, with a long run of 62, also occasionally returning kickoffs (three), including one for 85 yards. On defense he made 60 tackles (33 solo, including 15 for loss and four quarterback sacks), along with three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and six pass breakups. As a junior he had 72 rushes for 538 yards and eight scores (long of 58); he also added 70 tackles (45 solo, 14 for losses with eight sacks) and seven pass deflections. His sophomore season saw him earn 88 carries for 478 yards and four touchdowns. Thus he had 363 career attempts for 2,219 yards, a healthy 6.1 average per carry. He lists his top career game as a 27-26 win over Westside his senior year when he rushed 25 times for 139 yards and three touchdowns in the state semifinal playoff game. In another contest his junior year, he posted 150 yards and four scores on 18 carries in a 56-14 win against Omaha South. Under coach Fred Petito, Millard North was 6-7 his senior season, rallying to make the playoffs before falling in the state championship game; MNHS went 13-0 to win the state title his junior year, and was 12-1 his sophomore campaign (state runner-up). He also played basketball early in high school before fully turning his attention to football.
ACADEMICS—He finished his course work in Finance prior to his senior season, when he started taking master’s classes in Accounting; the programs are concurrent and when done in May 2010, he will have both his B.S. and master’s degrees. He earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 team honors as senior and junior and second-team honors as a sophomore, and was named to the Hampshire Honor Society by the National Football Foundation as a senior. He boasted a perfect 4.0 grade point average in high school (scoring 1280 on the SAT), and was on the Honor Roll all fours years. He was an academic all-state student-athlete, and was also awarded an international baccalaureate (IB) diploma, a program with a challenging course of study for motivated students.
PERSONAL—Born January 19, 1987 in Omaha, Neb. Hobbies include playing basketball and baseball, though is proud that “academics take up most” of his time. He has also done community service at the Humane Society his junior and senior years. He is the first Nebraska prep recruit to sign with Colorado since 1988, when DT John Parrella (Grand Island Central Catholic) signed; Parrella did not qualify academically, so the last Nebraska recruit to enroll was OL Dean Davis (Scottsbluff) in 1984. His full first name is Jacob. (Last name is pronounced bear-ens; he is not related to CU offensive lineman Blake Behrens.)
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ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Kickoff Returns: 1-13, 13.0 avg. (2009). Special Team Tackles: 0,1—1 (2007); 2,2—4 (2008); 1,1—2 (2009).