Jake Kuresa Athlete Profile

#73 Jake Kuresa

Jake Kuresa
Position: Offensive Line Height: 6-4 Weight: 330 Roster Years: 2002-2006 Hometown: Millville, UT Last School: Mountain Crest High School



All-America

  • 2006 College Football News Second Team
  • 2006 Sportsillustrated.com Honorable Mention
  • 2006 The Sporting News Honorable Mention

Career Summary

Jake Kuresa came to BYU from Mountain Crest High School with dozens of accolades. Kuresa lettered all four years as a Cougar and played in all 48 games of his collegiate career, starting 47 of them. He switched from defensive line to offensive line during his redshirt season and later played every offensive line position in his senior year alone. The two-time All-Mountain West Conference performer earned second team honors as a junior and first team honors as a senior. Kuresa received a Sports Illustrated.com All-America Honorable Mention and was a 2006 Outland Trophy candidate. He was credited with 96 tackles and allowed just 1.5 sacks his senior season.

Professional

  • Signed free agent deal with the New Orleans Saints in 2007

Personal

  • Native of Millville, Utah
  • Parents are David and Susanne Kuresa
  • Listed on the Honor Roll at Mountain Crest High School
  • Married to Robyn
  • Recruited by USC, Oregon, Washington, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Penn State and Miami

Before BYU

  • Four-year letterwinner
  • Listed as a top-five defensive line prospect in the nation
  • Ranked as the 13th player in the Midland region by Superprep Magazine
  • Led Mountain Crest to a state championship as a senior
  • Earned All-State First-Team honors twice
  • Three-time all-region selection
  • Earned Student Sports Magazine All-American honors as a junior and senior
  • Listed as a Rivals.com top-100 prospect
  • Earned PrepStar Magazine All-America honors
  • Three-time All-Cache Valley selection
  • Four-year letterwinner in basketball
  • Earned all-region honors as a junior in basketball


2002 | Redshirt Year

  • Moved to offensive tackle from defensive tackle after teammate Ben Archibald was lost for the season prior to the season-opener
  • Redshirted as a true freshman

2003 | Freshman Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a redshirt freshman
  • Started in all 12 games for the Cougars
  • Saw action at both guard and tackle
  • Provided pass protection for the BYU offense which racked up a game-high 359 total net yards, including 313 yards passing against third-ranked USC
  • Named Offensive Lineman of the game
  • Started in his first-ever game in the Cougars' 24-13 victory over Georgia Tech
  • Praised by coaches for his first collegiate performance at guard
  • Earned Offensive Lineman of the game honors for the Stanford game Wyoming and Notre Dame
  • Participated in spring drills

2004 | Sophomore Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a sophomore
  • Started all 11 games for the Cougars at right tackle
  • Helped anchor an offensive unit that averaged 24.3 points, 105.8 yards rushing and 279.5 yards passing per game
  • Entered the season as the starter at right tackle
  • Participated in spring drills

2005 | Junior Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a junior
  • Played in 12 games and started 11
  • Earned second-team All-MWC honors
  • Helped anchor an offensive unit that averaged 33.0 points per game, second in the MWC, and 462.4 total yards per game, second in the MWC and 13th in the nation, including 152.3 yards rushing and 310.1 yards passing
  • Selected as a preseason candidate for the 2005 Outland Trophy
  • A 2005 Preseason Mountain West All-Conference selection
  • A Street & Smith's Preseason Honorable Mention All-American
  • Named preseason first-team All-Mountain West by Lindy's Football Annuals, Street & Smith's and Blue Ribbon Yearbook/ESPN.com
  • Named preseason second-team All-MWC by Phil Steele's College Football Preview College Football Preview and Athlon Sports
  • Named the league's "best pass blocker" by Lindy's Football Annuals
  • Named one of the nation's top offensive tackles by Phil Steele's College Football Preview
  • Participated in spring drills

2006 | Senior Year

  • Earned letterman honors as a senior
  • First-Team All-MWC performer
  • Named Sports Illustrated.com All-America Honorable Mention
  • Started all 13 games
  • Offensive line captain
  • Credited with 96 knock-downs on the season
  • Allowed just 1.5 sacks on the season
  • Did not allow a single sack against MWC opponents
  • Achored an offensive line that helped produce an average of 465.46 yards per game (4th in the nation)
  • Provided protection for a passing offense that averaged 323.5 yards per game
  • Part of an offensive line that gave up just 15 sacks on the season
  • Team averaged 36.8 points per game
  • A 2006 Outland Trophy candidate
  • Listed as a preseason All-Mountain West selection by Athlon, Blue Ribbon and Phil Steele's College Football Preview