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15 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Jake Waters

In which BracketCat counts down the 15th day until kickoff with a profile of quarterback Jake Waters.

Replacing this man's leadership will be damn near impossible. Is Jake Waters up to the task?
Replacing this man's leadership will be damn near impossible. Is Jake Waters up to the task?
Ezra Shaw
Goal No. 15: LEADERSHIP. Everyone can set the example.

#15 Jake Waters
True Junior
6-1 | 210
Council Bluffs, Iowa


Position: Quarterback

Previous College: Iowa Western Community College

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Jake Waters is a versatile athlete who was the best quarterback in the community college ranks in 2012. His signing with us was something of a surprise and he will compete for the starting nod under center in 2013.

In the spring game, he completed 16 of 22 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed seven times for 31 yards, while starting for the Purple team and alternating with the White team. He had no sacks or turnovers.

Waters was named the 2012 NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year after leading Iowa Western to a 12-0 record.

He also led the Reivers to a national championship, personally accounting for more than 300 yards of total offense in the national championship game, a 27-7 win over second-ranked Butler Community College.

For his incredible sophomore season, Waters was named a 2012 NJCAA first-team All-American, the Midwest Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a MFC first-team all-conference honoree.

He set a NJCAA national record for completion percentage after connecting on 73.3 percent (244 of 333) of his passes while throwing for 3,501 yards, 39 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

He threw for 307 yards and a school-record five touchdowns in the first half of a 65-21 win over No. 17 Dupage (Ill.).

Waters was named a second-team MFC all-conference selection in 2011 and also was named to the 2010 Academic All-Region XI first team as a freshman.

Prior to his time at IWCC, he led St. Albert High School to two 1A Iowa State championships and a 37-2 mark as a three-year starter, throwing for 5,288 yards and 70 touchdowns while running for 1,820 yards and 28 touchdowns.

A three-time first-team Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) All-State 1A selection at quarterback, Waters also was a standout for the Falcons on the hardwood and was named a second-team INA All-State 1A selection as a senior.

After watching the spring game, I personally believe Waters will win the starting job this year. That's no knock on Daniel Sams, but Waters showed gifted command of the offense, can run just fine and takes care of the ball.

I predict he will end up being one of Bill Snyder's favorites of all time when it's all said and done.