UCLA’s Jake Brendel earns third Pac-12 All-Academic selection

UCLA center Jake Brendel was named to the Pac-12 All-Academic first team this morning, marking his third straight appearance on the list.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman has a 3.39 GPA in economics and has started 38 of 39 possible games in his career, sitting out the Bruins’ season opener at Virginia with a knee injury. Without him, UCLA’s offensive line allowed five sacks and committed five false starts in a performance lambasted by position coach Adrian Klemm.

The redshirt junior is one of seven players in the conference to earn a spot on the Pac-12 All-Academic first team for the third time. The others are Cal’s Chris Adcock, Washington’s Danny Shelton, Arizona’s Jared Tevis, and Stanford’s Henry Anderson, Jordan Richards and Patrick Skov — all of whom are seniors.

Senior linebacker Eric Kendricks, who became UCLA’s all-time leading tackler in Friday’s loss to Stanford, made the Pac-12 All-Academic second team.

To make either first- or second-team All Academic, a player must have at least a 3.0 GPA and have appeared in at least 50 percent of his team’s games.

UCLA’s All-Academic honorable mentions are linebacker Ryan Hofmeister, fullback Taylor Lagace, longsnapper Christopher Longo, quarterback Jerry Neuheisel, defensive end Owamagbe Odighizuwa, and defensive back Jalen Ortiz.

  • LTEfan

    Jack, the other day you said it was unlikely any other Bruins would declare early for the NFL draft besides Hundley. You really don’t think Brendel is a serious candidate to enter the 2015 draft?

    • Jack Wang

      I should have mentioned Brendel as a possibility.

  • EncinitasBruin

    Bowl scenario update, please Jack. Of the Holiday, Alamo, Sun, and Foster Farms bowls, which bowl is most likely, and who do you see us playing?

    • Jack Wang

      No chance at Sun Bowl, since UCLA went there last year. Low to middling chance at Holiday, since UCLA went two years ago. I think Alamo probably bites if Arizona gets into a “New Year’s Six” bowl.