JESSE JAMESTight EndPenn State Nittany Lions6-7, 261Glassport, Pa.South Alleghany High School5th Round – 160th Overall
Started every game in 2013 and 2014, and made 31 career starts, which was tied for second on the team…career totals of 78 catches for 1,005 yards with 11 touchdowns… 11 career touchdown catches are the most by a tight end in Penn State history, breaking a tie with College Football Hall of Famer Ted Kwalick.
All-Big Ten selection and named to the Mid-season Mackey Award Watch List, presented to the nation's top collegiate tight end…finished third on the team with 38 catches for 396 yards and led the offense with three touchdown catches….caught two passes vs. Akron, both scoring grabs, including a 44-yarder in the fourth quarter…tallied a career-high seven passes for 60 yards in the win over UCF, both good for third on the team in the game…grabbed an eight-yard touchdown pass vs. Maryland, setting a program record for the most touchdown catches by a tight end.
Started all 12 games and ranked third on the team with 25 catches for 333 yards and tied for second with three scoring grabs…his 13.3 yards per catch average was second-best on the offense…grabbed a career-best six receptions and scored his first touchdown of the year, a 20-yard reception, in the four overtime win vs. No. 18 Michigan…snagged three catches for 56 yards vs. Nebraska, including a career-long 46-yard touchdown catch and run in the fourth quarter…one of his three catches was a seven-yard scoring catch, giving Penn State the go-ahead fourth quarter lead vs. No. 14 Wisconsin.
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Saw action in every game, making six starts, after enrolling in Penn State in January…recorded 15 catches for 276 yards and five touchdowns to rank second in the category on the team…led the offense with an 18.4 yards per catch average…five scoring grabs tied the school record by a tight end, joining Bob Parsons (1971) and Dan Natale (1972)…caught his first career touchdown in the 34-7 win vs. Navy…made his first career start in a 24-13 win vs. Temple…set then season-highs of three catches for 52 yards and a touchdown in a 38-14 primetime win vs. Iowa…delivered the go-ahead score on a 41-yard catch and run in the fourth quarter vs. Wisconsin, finishing the game with a season-best 90 receiving yards on three grabs.
A two-time second-team all-state performer at South Alleghany High School…earned first-team All-Century Conference at tight end as a junior and senior, after racking up 71 catches for 1,030 yards and 10 touchdowns during his final two seasons…was selected as a team captain during each of his final three years at South Alleghany…invited to play in the Semper-Fidelis All-American game and was named to the 2011 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22…rated the nation's No. 3 tight end during his senior year by MaxPreps.
Is the son of Rick and Susan James…has four brothers: William, Keith, Rick and Brady, and two sisters, Carly and Isabella…majoring in kinesiology…full name is Jesse Dylan James.