- Jake Bernhardt won the lacrosse equivalent of the Heisman Trophy Award in the spring of 2021 and now he’s tearing up the football field.
- The sixth-year senior transferred to the gridiron for his final year of eligibility and scored SEVEN touchdowns in his debut.
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College lacrosse fans undoubtedly recognize the name Jared Bernhardt, but it’s time the the college football faithful are familiar with the Division-II quarterback. Bernhardt, a sixth-year senior, has not played football since high school.
Now he’s the starting signal-caller for the Ferris State Bulldogs.
Five years ago, in 2016, Bernhardt was an explosive triple-option quarterback for Lake Brantley High School in Florida. As a junior and senior, he recorded more than 4,000 all-purpose yards and accounted for more than 30 touchdowns.
However, lacrosse was his future. Bernhardt committed to the University of Maryland as an attackman and had quite the career. He was impossible to cover.
Jared Bernhardt’s inside roll > pic.twitter.com/qUuZI7K9VX
— Lacrosse Rat (@LacrosseRat) March 28, 2021
One cannot simply “cover” Jared Bernhardt pic.twitter.com/wwJui204IG
— Lacrosse Rat (@LacrosseRat) May 29, 2021
Look at this impressive list of accomplishments:
After being named the top player in Division-I lacrosse (the Tewaaraton Award is like the Heisman Trophy, but lacrosse) in the spring, Bernhardt had pretty much accomplished everything that he could accomplish in the sport. But, because of COVID-19, he had an additional year of eligibility and chose to head back to the gridiron.
Bernhardt transfered to Ferris State in Michigan and earned the starting quarterback job. During the Bulldogs’ first game of the season, he popped off.
His Week 1 stat line is wild:
- PASSING: 12-of-14 for 218 yards and three touchdowns
- RUSHING: 12 carries for 120 yards and four touchdowns
During Ferris’ 54-14 blowout, Bernhardt was the team’s leading passer and rusher by a significant margin. The second-highest rushing total came with four carries for 42 yards.
And Bernhardt did it in style, just like he does on the lacrosse field.
— John Tillman (@CoachTillman1) September 3, 2021
Here are the full highlights from Bernhardt’s college football debut:
Not a bad start to his career. Stay tuned to the Bulldogs because Bernhardt is about to be all over the field.