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39 Ben Jaekle

Ben Jaekle
  • Kicker
  • Grade: Senior
  • Height: 6′1″
  • Weight: 175 lbs
UNLV: A former walk-on from Las Vegas who gained fame in 2006 when he was called from out of the stands to replace a fallen starter ... Awarded a scholarship in 2008 and will again compete for team's kickoff and place-kicking duties this fall ... Earned a spot on the Dean's Honor List last fall and spring and took home Academic All-MWC honors in 2008.

2009: Played in all 12 games as team's kickoff specialist ... Kicked off 59 times and posted a career-high 15 touchbacks.

2008: Served as team's long-range kicker, taking care of kickoffs and field goal attempts 40 yards or longer ... Finished 5-11 on the season and nailed two 52-yarders (vs. UNR and UNM) that tied for the sixth longest in school history.

2007: Redshirted season.

2006: Earned his first letter as a Rebel by playing in all 12 games ... After originally intending to redshirt, he earned national recognition after he was literally called from the crowd to suit up in Game One when starter Sergio Aguayo was seriously injured ... Took a phone call from then-head coach Mike Sanford and headed to the locker room to get into uniform ... Entered the game in the second half and hit all three of his extra-point attempts and a 26-yard field goal to start his career ... Also made a field goal at Iowa State the next week ... With Aguayo back in action in Game Four, Jaekle spent the rest of the season kicking off ... Finished 5-6 on extra points and 2-4 in field goals.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2006 graduate of Bonanza HS ... Two-time letterwinner under coach Eric DeYoung ... Named first team all-state as a punter during junior season and first team all-conference as both a punter and kicker as a senior ... Booted a 54-yard field goal against Rancho HS ... Also lettered in basketball and golf.

PERSONAL: Ben Steven Jaekle was born on March 28, 1988, in Las Vegas ... The son of George Jaekle and Lorry Kristal ... Has two older brothers, Derek and Brett ... Brett formerly was the starting place-kicker at rival UNR ... The two brothers twice faced each other in the Battle for the Fremont Cannon (2006 and `08) ... Majoring in criminal justice.

--Courtesy of UNLVRebels.com
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