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Jake Sears
37  Jake Sears

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Fredericksburg, Texas

High School:
Fredericksburg

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 255

Position:
TE

Experience:
3L

2007 SPRING NOTES: Recorded seven catches for 127 yards (18.1 avg.) in four scrimmages ... caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Vittatoe in the third scrimmage ... expected to start at tight end in the 2007 season opener.

2006 (JUNIOR): Appeared in all 12 games, starting nine at tight end ... tallied 17 catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns ... also collected three tackles on special teams coverage ... had a season-high three catches in each of the last two games (at Marshall, versus Memphis) ... had 39 yards receiving against the Thundering Herd, and 36 versus the Tigers ... compiled a season-best 40 yards receiving on two receptions (long of 28) against New Mexico State ... the 40 yards tied his career high ... had at least one catch in 11 of 12 outings.

2005 (SOPHOMORE): Played in eight games, starting seven ... missed the Marshall, Rice, Tulsa and UAB games with a sprained MCL ... registered eight receptions for 119 yards (14.9 avg.) ... recorded two tackles on punt coverage ... caught two passes for 25 yards at New Mexico State ... season-best three receptions for 40 yards at Tulane.

2004 (FRESHMAN): Showed promise backing up All-WAC selection Jonas Crafts at tight end ... played in 12 games, making starts over the final three contests ... caught six passes for 91 yards (15.2 avg.) and one touchdown ... also picked up 12 tackles, with 11 of them coming on special teams (six punts, five kickoffs) ... first collegiate catch came on a 15-yard pass from Omar Duarte against New Mexico State ... reeled in two catches for 40 yards and a touchdown against Rice ... two more receptions for 19 yards against SMU ... recorded four tackles on special teams at Louisiana Tech ... one catch for 17 yards versus Colorado in the EV1.net Houston Bowl.

2003: Redshirted.

PRIOR TO UTEP: Unanimous first team All-District 27-4A linebacker as a senior at Fredericksburg High School ... earned All-West Texas, All-Central Texas and honorable mention All-State honors as a senior ... honorable mention All-District pick as a junior ... had 90 tackles and three interceptions his senior season ... played linebacker, tailback and defensive end during his prep career ... two-year varsity letterwinner ... member of a 10-2, district runner-up team in 2002 ... high school coach was Dean Herbert ... lettered in track, soccer and basketball as a prep ... finished 10th in the shot put at regionals ... first team All-District basketball player as a junior ... member of the Student Council as a freshman and sophomore ... also a member of the National Honor Society and Young Life.

PERSONAL: Parents are Andy and DeAnn Sears ... has one brother and one sister ... father played basketball at Baylor ... grandfather, D. Ketchum, played basketball at Kansas ... full name is Jacob Andrew Sears ... born 11/16/84 (Irving, Texas) ... multidisciplinary studies major.

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