Many congratulations to Lewiston, Idaho native <b>Jake Scott</b> who was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts today during the 5th Round of the NFL Draft. Jake joins former Vandal lineman Rick DeMulling, the Colts starting left guard who just signed a 1 year contract extension this month.<br>
Many congratulations to Jake, and good luck at the next level!
From University of Idaho walk-on to the NFL gridiron, offensive lineman Jake Scott has spent a career beating the odds. The former Lewiston High School standout joined Idaho in the fall of 1999 as a walk-on, and redshirted his freshman season.
As a redshirt freshman he earned a starting job on the Vandal offensive line...a line that included 4 seniors, including 2 outstanding pro prospects in Rick DeMulling and Patrick Venzke. Statistically, the Idaho offense was impressive that season, averaging 29.2 points per game, and 453 yards per game in a schedule that included games at Washington, Oregon, West Virginia, and Washington State (a thrilling 38-34 UI victory). It was a solid unit for Jake to learn under, and he maximized that experience throughout his career.
Three year NFL veteran Rick DeMulling joined the NFL in 2001, started 14 games for the Colts in 2002, and all 16 regular season games and 3 playoff games last season.
While Idaho enjoyed few wins during Jake's last 3 seasons in Moscow, Jake's prowess as one of the conference's top offensive linemen continued to grow (he started 46 games throughout his career). Twice he earned All Conference honors, was invited to play in the Gridiron Classic following his senior season, and received the ultimate honor as one of only 24 offensive tackles invited to attend the invitation-only national NFL Combine.
Not bad for a former walk-on from little ol' Lewiston!
Plus, to top it off, Jake not only joins the Indianopolis Colts as the #141 overall pick (their first pick of the 5th round), but he joins former Vandal teammate Rick DeMulling as well (Rick was a 7th round selection for Indianapolis in 2001, and was the Colts' starting left guard all of last season).
Could you ask for better company?
Seven year NFL veteran Spencer Folau joined the NFL in 1997.
One of Idaho's strengths for decades has been its development of outstanding offensive linemen. Whether it be the great Jerry Kramer (one of Green Bay's all-time best linemen), John Yarno (1st Team All American '76), Mark Schlereth (2-time All-Pro and 9 year veteran who won 3 Super Bowls), Spencer Folau (still playing for New Orleans now), or a countless host of others, Idaho has been strong in the trenches. And that tradition looks to continue as the Vandals will field a young, strong, talented line this fall.
All of us at VandalVenue.com wish Jake the best in his NFL career, and we look forward to watching him develop at the next level.