#85 Jake Bradford Season 2006-07
Saw action in every game, starting in two-tight end sets at South Carolina and vs. Wake Forest… Playing time increased as season endured… Caught passes against Alabama, Florida, Kentucky and Wake Forest… First touchdown catch came on 30-yard reception that gave Commodores three-point advantage over Kentucky… Career long catch of 35 yards led to first Commodore score at Florida… Also saw substantial time on kickoff return units, including one return of 13 yards.
Developed into the Commodores[apos] No. 2 tight end midway through the season only to be slowed by injuries in the final games… Played in 11 of 12 games, missing the Kentucky outing to injury… Minutes increased after FB/TE Steven Bright was lost to lower leg fracture… Did not register a catch.
Redshirted as freshman… Worked as tight end during fall practices.
Three-year starter at tight end for run-emphasizing squad… Caught seven passes for 156 yards and four touchdowns as senior… Earned season blocking grade of 82 percent, including 29 pancake blocks… Terrors used Wing-T offense to notch 6-4 record, best in recent history of school… Averaged 42.8 yards on 18 punts… Named to Jacksonville Times Union[apos]s Super 24 squad… Also named first team AAAAA All-State punter by Associated Press, All-Area by Brunswick News and Region 3AAAAA Special Teams Player of the Year… Also earned three letters in varsity basketball.
Robert Jacob Bradford… Son of Rowland and Jody Bradford… Has two older sisters… Dad is corporate vice president; mom is teacher… Dad played football at Georgia Tech… A National Honor Society member, participated in Model U.N. and Congressional Youth Leadership Conference… School produced 2002 NBA No. 1 draft pick Kwame Brown.
Glynn Academy Head Coach Rob Ridings
‘Jake[apos]s ability as a tight end is just starting to be tapped. He is a hard worker and takes a great deal of pride in the way he handles himself. Jake[apos]s best days on the football field are ahead of him.
‘Jake is definitely a young man that will get bigger and stronger at the next level. I think he is exactly the kind of player who Vanderbilt is looking for.’