Though he played in only four San Diego State Aztecs games before a broken hand ended his 2013 campaign, Jake Fely may be one of the best defensive players in the Mountain West for his linebacker spot. Tough and aggressive, Fely has a non-stop motor that puts him in the middle of the action on most plays. He started the 2013 season on the Bednarik and Lombardi awards watch lists and, though he enters his fifth season at SDSU, is actually a junior in eligibility thanks to an extra year awarded him by the NCAA. Started 30 consecutive games before breaking his right foot in the fourth game of 2013. Though listed as a backup entering the fall, he’s likely to be a key defensive player for SDSU.
As a senior at Oceanside High School in Oceanside, Calif., Fely was a first-team all-CIF San Diego selection. In all, he was a three-time all-leaguer in football and also earned letters in wrestling and baseball.
Played on special teams and as a defensive back-up in three games before an injury forced him into a redshirt season. In 2011, he started all 13 games at middle linebacker and recorded 58 tackles, including 5.5 for loss and forcing three fumbles. In 2012, he again started all 13 games and was named a second-team all-Mountain West selection after leading the team in tackles for loss (11.5), sacks, (7) and unassisted tackles (68). He would have 90 tackles overall during the season. In 2013, he lasted four games before an injury ended his season, recording 20 tackles (15 solo), a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss.
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