Honors & Awards
- Academic All-District VII (2012)
- Two-Time Academic All-Big Ten (2011, 2012)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2012; Spring 2012)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Academic Honor Roll (2009, 2010)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Academic Honor Roll (2010, 2011)
Senior Jake Long will be a key member of the Nebraska offense in 2013, as he is the lone returning tight end with significant playing experience. Long played in every game the past two seasons as NU’s third tight end behind Ben Cotton and Kyler Reed, but with that duo having graduated, Long’s role will greatly increase this fall. The 6-4, 240-pound Long will be counted on as a receiving threat, but also to provide leadership for a young group of tight ends.
A walk-on from Elkhorn High School, Long is also one of the Huskers’ top scholar-athletes. He was a first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District VII selection last season with better than a 3.8 grade-point average and figures to be a strong contender for academic All-America honors in 2013. Long is the twin brother of senior offensive guard Spencer Long, a second-team All-American last fall.
Long played in all 14 games and earned starts in the first meeting with Wisconsin and against Penn State. Long had six receptions for 55 yards, including a nine-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Martinez in the season opener against Southern Miss. He had three catches for 41 yards against the Golden Eagles and added single receptions against Arkansas State, Idaho State and Michigan State. Long’s blocking also helped Nebraska lead the Big Ten in rushing offense and total offense.
Long played in all 13 games and made starts against Minnesota and Northwestern. Long did not have a reception, but his blocking helped junior running back Rex Burkhead rush for 1,357 yards and earn All-Big Ten honors. Long's role increased dramatically in the final three regular-season games with Cotton sidelined by injury.
2010 (Redshirt Freshman)
Long appeared in NU wins over Western Kentucky, Kansas State and Colorado. He made a 17-yard catch from Zac Lee against the Buffaloes.
A walk-on, Long redshirted in his first year at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Elkhorn HS)
Long joined the Nebraska program after putting up impressive numbers for Elkhorn High School and Coach Mark Wortman. Long played both ways for the 7-3 Antlers in 2008, and was a second-team All-Nebraska pick as a tight end by the Omaha World-Herald, while the Lincoln Journal Star placed him on its second-team Super State squad as a defensive lineman. Long earned honorable-mention all-state honors from the World-Herald during his junior season. He also played for the Antlers' 2008 state championship baseball team.
Jake is the son of Doug and Ann Long, and was born on Nov. 8, 1990. A biological sciences major, Long was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2011 and 2012, and following the spring semester of 2012. He was also a four-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection. Long has volunteered time with local hospital and school visits.
Long's Career Statistics
» Games Played - 30 (3 in 2010; 13 in 2011, 14 in 2012)
» Games Started - 4 (2 in 2011; 2 in 2012)
» Receptions - 3, 41 yds vs. Southern Miss (2012)
» TDs - 1 vs. Southern Miss (2012)