Professional: Seventh-round pick (237th overall choice) of the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2009 National Football League Draft ... the only former Gulf Coast High School player ever to be drafted.
Career: Earned three varsity letters at Miami ... totaled 46 career receptions for 453 yards with four touchdown catches.
Skills: Coaches say that he has exceptional ball skills and that he continues to grow as a blocker ... a great athlete, his verticle leap of 36.5 inches is second best on the team ... a solid special teams player.
2008: Appeared in all 12 games, grabbing a single-season best 25 catches for 258 yards, averaging 10.3 yards per catch ... had five receptions games vs. Temple (46 yards) and Ohio (43 yards) ... totaled 61 yards against Vanderbilt in the season opener on three catches, including a career-long 30-yarder.
2007: Played in all 13 games, starting contests against Kent State, Temple and Central Michigan ... caught a career-high 14 passes for 152 yards, an average gain of nearly 11 yards ... had four catches for 52 yards vs. Temple, including a 19-yard TD ... also had four grabs for 41 yards vs. Akron ... caught an 11-yard TD pass vs. Kent State.
2006: Played in 11 games, catching seven passes for 43 yards ... two of his seven grabs went for touchdowns, one at Purdue and one at Buffalo ... also saw time with special teams units.
2005: Saw action in five games.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered three years at Gulf Coast High School as a wide receiver and free safety ... all-county selection at wide receiver in 2002 ... honorable mention all-region and all-county defensive back as a senior ... led team in interceptions for three straight seasons ... totaled 83 tackles and two interceptions as a senior ... captain of his team as a senior ... coached by Frank Tudryn.
PERSONAL Born November 6, 1985 ... son of Jerry and Ronda O'Connell ... majoring in sport studies.
Jake O'Connell's Career Receiving Statistics
Year Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Long
2006 7 43 6.1 2 11
2007 14 152 10.9 2 20
2008 25 258 10.3 0 30
Total 46 453 9.8 4 30