UNLV: The team's leader on defense looks to have a big final season after simply dominating spring practice ... An experienced, nice-sized pass rusher who is the undisputed starter at one tackle spot heading into fall ... A three-time winner of the Black Jersey award, which is voted on by coaches and worn by the team's top performer during each spring practice ... A preseason third team All-MWC selection by Athlon ... An older player who will be a 26-year-old redshirt senior ... Served his LDS mission from fall 2002 to fall 2004 in Houston, TX ... Arguably the program's top student ... Twice earned team's Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors and is a three-time member of Academic All-MWC teams ... Named 2006 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District 8 ... A member of the Rebel Leadership Committee the last three years.
2007: Started all 12 games for the Rebels at defensive tackle ... Made 36 total tackles, including 20 solo ... Recorded five tackles for loss ... Got to opposing quarterbacks three times and also forced a fumble ... A preseason third team All-MWC pick by Phil Steele's.
2006: Returned from an early injury to play in 10 games, including starting the final seven at tackle ... Finished with 23 total tackles, one sack and one forced fumble ... Also blocked an extra point vs. TCU. 2005: Earned first letter as a Rebel by playing in all 11 games along defensive line ... Totaled seven tackles, including one quarterback sack ... Enrolled at UNLV in January and went through his first spring practice with the Rebels.
SOUTHERN UTAH: Attended the Div. I-AA school located in Cedar City but redshirted his freshman year of 2001.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2001 graduate of Las Vegas HS ... Earned all-state honors at defensive tackle for the Wildcats during his senior season under coach Kris Cinkovich, who is now UNLV's receivers coach ... Lettered twice in both wrestling and track as a prepster and was a two-time state runner-up as a grappler.
PERSONAL: Jacob Michael Hales was born on Sept. 8, 1982, in Las Vegas ... Has already earned a bachelor's degree in university studies.
HALES' DEFENSIVE STATS
YEAR GP-GS UT AT TOT TFL SCK FF BLK 2007 12-11 20 16 36 5.0-22 3-15 0 1 0 2006 10-7 9 14 23 1.5-6 1-4 1 0 1 2005 11-0 4 3 7 1.5-7 1-6 0 0 0 TOTAL 33-18 33 33 66 8.0-35 5-25 1 1 1