Ended spring practice as the starter at strongside linebacker following the graduation of Sam Maxwell ... Got his first collegiate start in the Music City Bowl after Maxwell missed the game because of injury ... Has earned most of his playing time on special teams during his career, but saw more action at linebacker last year ... Has played in 36 games, starting one.
2008 (Sophomore): Played in all 13 games, primarily on special teams ... Made a tackle in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
2007 (Freshman): Appeared in 10 games, seeing extensive action on the special teams unit ... Contributed three tackles in kick coverage.
High School: First-team all-state as a senior by the Louisiana coaches association ... Four-year letterman and two-year starting linebacker at John Curtis Christian HS in River Ridge, La. ... Helped lead team to state championships in both his junior and senior seasons, compiling a 24-1 record ... Career totals feature 201 tackles, with 31 quarterback sacks ... Outstanding long snapper who filled that duty for three seasons ... Also caught four touchdown passes as a reserve tight end ... Noted as a swift blitzer from his outside linebacker position ... Made 49 tackles, including 11 sacks, as a senior ... Junior stats were 96 tackles and 14 sacks ... Two-year pick on the all-district and All-Metro New Orleans teams ... Also all-parish as a senior ... All-South Region selection by PrepStar ... Also honorable-mention all-state as a junior by Pelican Preps ... The nation's No. 89 strongside linebacker by Scout.com ... Coached by J.T. Curtis ... "Jacob has outstanding athleticism and speed," Curtis said. "He can defend against the pass and is a tremendous rusher. Playing outside linebacker in college will be an easy transition for him, as he is a very effective blitzer." ... Three-year letterman in basketball and track ... Competed in the 400-meter run and 4x400-meter relay ... Honor-roll student and a member of the National Honor Society ... Chose Kentucky over Memphis, Tulane, and Louisiana-Monroe.
Personal: Last name is pronounced "du-FRANE" ... Son of Paul Dufrene and Becky Dufrene ... His father, Paul, and brothers Paul and Dustin all played college football at Nicholls State ... Major is community communications and leadership development.
Community Cats: Participated in events with Kentucky Special Olympics (2008) and Golf Fore the Hungry (2009).