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Jake Bequette

| | College: Arkansas
 
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Overview

A four-year starter, Bequette (beck-ETT) was a three-star defensive end/tight end recruit out of high school, choosing hometown Arkansas over Kansas State. After redshirting in 2007, he saw immediate action in 2008 as a redshirt freshman (11 starts), recording 27 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and one pass breakup. Bequette played in all 13 games in 2009 as a sophomore (8 starts), finishing with 39 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two pass break-ups and two forced fumble.

He started all 13 games in 2010 as a junior, recording 32 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks, 3 pass break-ups and 1 forced fumble, earning Second Team All-SEC honors. Bequette battled a hamstring injury in 2011 as a senior, but still had his most productive season (10 starts), finishing with 28 tackles, a team-high 10.5 tackles for loss, an SEC-best 10.0 sacks, 5 forced fumbles and 1 pass break-up, earning First Team All-SEC honors.

Bequette, who is the fourth member of his family to play football at Arkansas, had a productive collegiate career and looked most comfortable lining up at the 9-technique defensive end position where he could isolate blockers in space with a running start. He looks like a fish out of water at times when dropping in space at linebacker, but loves the game of football and has the overachieving mentality that he can do anything.

Bequette is a stiff, upright runner with one-speed and limited explosive qualities, but is tough to stop when he is playing at full-go with intensity -- mid-round pick with borderline pro starting traits who won't wow athletically, but fights through the whistle and gets the most out of his ability.

Analysis

Strengths: Has a solidly-built frame with good upper body strength and tenacity, working hard to the ball. Plays fast with good initial quickness and closing speed to create havoc in the backfield. Possesses accurate snap anticipation and timing to beat blockers off the edge. Offers some versatility, rushing from a two and three point stance with the playing speed to stand up in space. Has good awareness against the run, setting the edge and holding contain. A relentless rusher with a competitive attitude and drive that are top-shelf -- overachiever and rushes like every play is his last. Possesses the strength to be a bull rusher and abuse blockers -- load to handle and will attract some holding penalties. Picks up energy as the game goes on and gets the most out of his ability. Team leader with a productive collegiate resume as a four-year starter (31.0 tackles for loss, 23.5 sacks and 8 forced fumbles), leading the SEC in sacks in 2011.

Weaknesses: Very average athletically with tight hips and straight-line speed. Shorter than ideal with average measureables. Possesses only average burst from a stationary position with body stiffness, lacking "special" explosion -- will struggle to win the edge at the next level. Not a natural bender, which limits his pass rush moves, and shows no secondary moves. Lacks overpowering strength and struggles to disengage at the point -- too often stonewalled off the snap. Has pedestrian hand placement and technique. Possesses streaky base strength and can be driven and redirected off the line of scrimmage in the run game. Needs to play smarter and control his aggression -- will hit too late at times. Needs to consistently bring down the ballcarrier once he get his hands on them -- doesn't always finish. Missed three games in 2011 with hamstring injury.

NFL Comparison: Thomas Keiser, Carolina Panthers

-- Dane Brugler

Career Notes

Bequette leaves Arkansas ranked third in school history with 23.5 sacks and thirteenth with 31.5 tackles for loss. The four-year starter notched 140 tackles, 24 quarterback hurries, eight forced fumbles, seven pass breakups and three fumble recoveries in 48 career games.

2011 Season

Bequette was a first team All-SEC selection this season (Coaches) after totaling 28 tackles, including 10.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles, five quarterback hurries and one pass breakup. He led the SEC and was tied for third in the NCAA with an average of one sack per game and posted the sixth-highest single-season sack total in school history. He also led the SEC and was tied for fourth in the NCAA with an average of 0.5 forced fumbles per game. His five quarterback hurries were also tops on the team.

2010 Season

He started all 13 games for the Razorbacks and was a second-team All-SEC selection by the AP and coaches. He finished the season with 32 tackles, including 8.5 for loss and a career-high seven sacks, and tied for the team lead with five quarterback hurries. His team-leading sack total tied for fifth in the SEC and is tied for the eighth-highest single-season total in Arkansas history. He recorded one sack in four straight games, beginning vs. ULM and continuing through Texas A&M contest. Bequette made a season-high six tackles, including 1.0 sack, forced one fumble and had one pass breakup in Arkansas' 38-24 win vs. Ole Miss. He recorded five tackles, including a third-down sack that forced a punt with less than one minute to play in a tie game, in UA's 31-24 victory at Georgia. He also made five tackles, including 1.5 for loss and 1.0 sack, and had one pass breakup in the Razorbacks' 24-17 win vs. Texas A&M. He recorded four tackles, including 1.0 sack, in Arkansas' 38-31 double-overtime win at No. 22 Mississippi State. He made three tackles, 1.5 for loss, 1.0 sack and forced one fumble in UA's 31-7 victory vs. ULM and also made three tackles with 1.0 sack vs. No. 1 Alabama. In the Allstate Sugar Bowl vs. No. 6 Ohio State, Bequette made one tackle, 0.5 for loss, that resulted in a safety and had one pass breakup. He made two tackles, including 1.0 sack, and recorded one quarterback hurry in UA's 58-21 win vs. UTEP. He recorded one tackle and one quarterback hurry in Arkansas' 31-23 win vs. No. 6 LSU. He also made one tackle in the Razorbacks' 41-20 win at No. 18 South Carolina and contributed one quarterback hurry in UA's 49-14 win vs. Vanderbilt.

2009 Season

Bequette played in all 13 games with eight starts. He tied for the team lead with 5.5 sacks and tied for 11th in the SEC with 0.42 per game. He also led the team with eight quarterback hurries. Bequette was 11th on the team with 39 tackles, third with 9.0 tackles for loss, second with two forced fumbles and tied for second with two fumble recoveries. He opened the year with two tackles and a hurry against Missouri State. He had three stops against Georgia. He made five tackles with two stops for six yards in losses, and had a hurry at Alabama. Bequette had two tackles with a half a TFL and two hurries against Texas A&M. He made three tackles with a half a TFL, recovered the first fumble of his career and broke up a pass against Auburn. At Florida, he had three tackles with two sacks and the first forced fumble of his career, which came on a hit on Tim Tebow.

He had one stop against Ole Miss and four with a hurry against Eastern Michigan. He had two hurries against South Carolina. Bequette had two tackles and a pass breakup against Troy. He had five tackles, all solo, with three sacks for 22 yards, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against Mississippi State. He was named honorable mention defensive lineman of the week by College Football Performance Awards following the MSU contest. His three sacks against Mississippi State were the most by any Razorback player in a game in 2009. He had a season-high seven tackles at LSU with a half sack and half a TFL, and one hurry. He had two tackles in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl overtime victory over East Carolina.

2008 Season

He played in all 12 games and started the last 11 contests of the season. He had 41 tackles with 3.5 tackles for 17 yards in losses, a four-yard sack and six quarterback hurries in earning SEC All-Freshman honors from the league's coaches. - In the opener against Western Illinois, he had a solo tackle and a quarterback hurry. In his first start, against Louisiana-Monroe, he had three tackles, a four-yard sack, a hurry and a pass breakup. After making an assisted tackle against Alabama, he had seven tackles against Texas with a four-yard TFL. He had four stops against Florida and followed with seven at Auburn. The next two games, he had two stops against Kentucky and three against Ole Miss. He made seven tackles with a five-yard TFL and a hurry against Tulsa. He ended the season with one tackle at South Carolina, two at Mississippi State and three with a half TFL for four yards against LSU.

2007 Season

He used his redshirt year to gain experience working on the scout team. He also improved his strength and gained 10 pounds.

High School

Named to the AP Arkansas Super Team as a senior, he had six sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries for Coach Scooter Register at Catholic. He had 8.5 sacks as a junior, helping his team go 11-2 and advance to the state semifinals. Hawgs Illustrated and Scout ranked him the No. 12 prospect in the state while Rivals listed him at No. 15. Rivals listed him as the No. 56 strong side defensive end in the nation while Scout listed him as the No. 93 overall end in the country.

Personal

Born Feb. 21, 1989, he is the son of Jay and Cindy Bequette. He is the fourth member of the Bequette family to play football at Arkansas. His father played from 1980-82, his uncle Chris from 1984-87 and his grandfather George from 1954-56.

 
 
Latest News
04/30/2012 - Third-round pick Jake Bequette is the eighth defensive player from the SEC on the Patriots' roster and the second one (Hightower) selected in the 2012 draft. Coach Bill Belichick on trading a second-round pick for a third- and fifth-round selection (the former which was used to select Bequette): "Some trades looked better than others when you put them up against each other, but in all honesty, the picks are moving pretty quickly and we kind of focus more on what the opportunities were rather than sit around and analyze each one." - The Sports Xchange

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