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UCLA vs. Nebraska, 9-8-12 (Photos by Don Liebig, UCLA Photography)
UCLA - Stepped in at center in 2012 and performed well in his first season as a starter ... Gained experience by working with the No. 2 offense in practice for much of his redshirt year in the 2011 season.
2012 - Starter at center in all 14 games ... Named first-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News ... Named second-team Freshman All-America by collegefootballnews.com ... Honorable mention all-conference selection by the coaches ... First-team All-Pac-12 Academic Team selection ... Received the Captain Don Brown Award as the Most Improved Player on Offense at the team's annual awards banquet.
2011 - Did not see game action in his initial year in the program ... Named Coach Ed Kezirian "Coach K" Award winner for Academic and Athletic Balance at the team's annual awards banquet.
HIGH SCHOOL - Attended Plano, TX East Senior HS and played for coach Johnny Ringo ... Played on the offensive line his junior and senior seasons and served as team captain ... Played defensive line as a freshman and sophomore ... Rated the nation's No. 8 center by scout.com and the No. 15 center by rivals.com ... PrepStar All-Region selection ... Ranked No. 46 among offensive guards by ESPN.com ... Rated No. 93 player in state of Texas by rivals.com ... Earned three stars from scout.com, ESPN.com and rivals.com ... Named All-District 8-5A first team as an offensive lineman as a senior and junior ... As a senior, he recorded 71 knockdown blocks, 31 finishes and allowed no sacks ... Credited with 62 knockdowns, 26 finishes and allowed no sacks as a junior ... Earned All-District 8-5A first team as a defensive lineman as a sophomore and totaled 48 tackles and one batted pass ... Named 9-5A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman when he had six starts and made 27 tackles, one fumble recovery.
PERSONAL - Full Name: Jacob William Brendel ... Born: September 10, 1992 in Madison, WI ... Parents: Bill Brendel and Carol Koch ... Has one older sister, Lauren ... Lists his biggest thrill in sports as winning Area in overtime in the Texas High School Playoffs ... Hobbies include hanging with friends ... Named to the Athletics Director's Honor Roll in Fall 2011 and Winter 2012 ... Interested in a career in law ... Economics major.
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