Gaines, Higgins, Zerblis headline first team
CSU Football vs. New Mexico - photos by Don Reichert
Career Division 1 games played/started: 3/3 (3/3 in 2014).
2014 (Freshman): Started the first three games at center before injuring his knee during a bye-week practice the week of Sept. 15.
- Made first collegiate start in season-opening win over Colorado (Aug. 29)... made way for 266 yards of rushing offense
- Helped the Rams rack up 676 yards of total offense against UC Davis (Sept. 13), third-most total yards in a single game in CSU history
- The Rams allowed only three sacks in his three starts at center
2013: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first year of college eligibility.
- Rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com.
- Four-year letterman at Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, Colo.
- Served as team captain in 2012.
- Helped protect two young quarterbacks and a young backfield that produced 11 rushing TDs on the year.
- Honorable mention 2012 all-state by the Denver Post.
- In the Bears' 7-4 season of 2011 he helped block for a 2,000-yard passer and a rushing attack that galloped for nearly 2,000 yards and 22 TDs.
- For the second consecutive season, advanced to the second round of the Colorado state playoffs before falling 21-14 to Mullen.
- Earned All-Colorado first-team honors as a junior.
- Head football coaches were Tom Thennel and Zach Morris.
Personal: Given name Jake Bennett...born April 4, 1995 in Denver, Colo. ... parents are Bryan and Cathy Bennett... has one older brother, Austin, who plays football at Colorado Mesa University...majoring in communication studies and minoring in business administration at CSU...Hometown: Morrison, Colo.
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