“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”
MYLES JACK – LINEBACKER – UCLA
AT A GLANCE
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 230
Hometown: Bellevue, Wa
High School: Bellevue
OFF THE FIELD
Athletes often focus all their energy on transforming themselves on the field. For UCLA’s Myles Jack, his transformation came in the classroom. According to The Los Angeles Times, UCLA football’s Head Coach Jim Mora praised Jack academically. Mora stated, “the area of most improvement for the sophomore has been the classroom.” Mora then continued to say that “[Jack] came in and struggled a little bit…but has made the [athletic] director’s honor roll every quarter that he’s been [at UCLA.]” That includes both the 2013 Fall and 2014 Winter Quarters.
ON THE FIELD
With a motto of “why not try?” it’s no surprise that Myles Jack can play defense and offense.
Jack had 12 starts last season, 11 at linebacker and one at running back. At Arizona, Jack played his first game on offense and ran six times for 120 yards, including a 66-yard scoring dash. Jack also scored seven rushing touchdowns in the season – second on the school freshman list behind DeShaun Foster (’98) – including a freshman school record of four vs. Washington. Jack also made two interceptions in his 2013 season, returning one for a touchdown in the Sun Bowl.
For his adaptability, Jack was a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player. Jack was also named to the All-America First-Team by Athlon Sports as an all-purpose player, Second-Team All-Pac-12, and was an honorable mention All-American by SI.com. His other accolades include a First-Team Freshman All-America selection by Sporting News and both Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the Year in the Pac-12 by the coaches. His 75 tackles ranked fifth on the team, as well as the second most by a true freshman, after Kenny Easley (’77.) Jack also led the Bruins with 11 pass defenses. At the team banquet, Myles Jack was presented the John Boncheff, Jr. Award for Rookie of the Year on defense.