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Jake Moreland
Jake Moreland
Position: Assistant Coach - Tight Ends/Recruiting Coordinator
Alma Mater: Western Michigan
Graduating Year: 2000
Phone: (269) 387-8622
Email: jake.moreland@wmich.edu

Jake Moreland enters his eighth season in command of the WMU tight end corps and his second as the community services coordinator for his alma mater in 2012.  Moreland, the longest tenured assistant on the coaching staff and who also serves as the assistant to the offensive coordinator, came to the Broncos in Bill Cubit's first season of 2005 and has helped put the program into three postseason bowl games over the last six seasons.

 

Six aerial touchdowns found the hands of tight ends in 2011 with Clark Mussman and Dallas Walker hauling in a pair.  Matt Cutler scored his first career TD in the regular season finale against Akron.  The unit returns almost fully intact in 2012 with only Walker departing.

 

Tight ends have had a period of success under Moreland.  In 2008, Branden Ledbetter finished his career with the most TDs by a tight end in program history (20) and a record three-consecutive seasons with at least six TDs.  Moreland reloaded the tight end position with the young talent of Blake Hammond, Mussman and Walker.  Three different tight ends scored six TDs in 2009.

 

A new tight end emerged as an offensive weapon in 2010 with Walker and Mussman becoming larger parts of the Western Michigan offense and look to continue to increase their roles in 2011.

 

In 2007, tight ends accounted for 10 of WMU's 23 scoring strikes (43 percent).  Led by three-time All-MAC selection Branden Ledbetter, WMU tight ends accounted for nearly 22 percent of the Broncos' aerial scores in 2008 and helped the offensive line block for the program's 15th 1,000-yard rusher.  Ledbetter is the only Bronco tight end to have six receiving TDs in a season for three-straight years and is the program's leader for TDs by a tight end (20).

 

In 2006, Moreland’s three biggest contributors, Ledbetter, Schultz and Matt Stevens, accounted for 50 percent of the Broncos’ aerial scores. Ledbetter hauled in six alone en route to a Second Team All-Mid-American Conference nod.

 

Moreland returned to his alma mater as the tight ends coach on Dec. 10, 2004. During his first season back with the Broncos, Moreland had Tony Scheffler, ranked fourth in John Mackey Award voting and a First-Team All-MAC Offense honoree, at his disposal and he came through with 670 yards and nine scoring grabs. The tight end arsenal did not end there for Moreland as Ledbetter also came through in 2005 with a pair of touchdowns on 11 catches.

 

Scheffler was selected 61st overall in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. In two seasons, Scheffler has hauled in 67 receptions for 835 yards and nine touchdowns.  He grabbed five scoring receptions in 2007, bettering his rookie mark by one.

 

Moreland served as special teams coordinator and offensive assistant for Saint Joseph’s College in 2004. During his tutelage, the Pumas set school records in seven offensive categories. Prior to arriving in Rensselaer, Moreland made his coaching debut at Elmhurst College in 2003. Working with tight ends, Moreland helped Elmhurst set 11 offensive records and record its first winning season in 15 years.

 

Moreland lettered four seasons with the Broncos (1996-99), and has caught more passes (143) than any other tight end in school history.  He ranks second in receiving yards (1,414) and is tied for second in TDs (13) among tight ends. Moreland earned All-MAC Second Team honors and was tabbed WMU’s Offensive MVP in 1999. Moreland made the All-MAC First Team in 1998. Moreland went on to a professional career in the National Football League, playing for the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns. He retired in 2002 shortly after signing with the Houston Texans.

 

A Milwaukee native, Moreland (35/DOB: 1-18-77) earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Western Michigan in 2000. Moreland, an avid golf enthusiast away from football, recorded his first hole-in-one with a shot off his nine iron at the 141-yard, par-3 third at Angels Crossing during the Summer of 2006.

 

Moreland and his wife, the former Anne Sampair, have two daughters, Courtney and Grace, and reside in Kalamazoo.

 

WMU ALL-CONFERENCE HONOREES UNDER MORELAND


YEAR
NAME
POSITION
TEAM
2008
  Branden Ledbetter
  Tight End
  Second
             
2007
Branden Ledbetter
Tight End   Third







2006   Branden Ledbetter   Tight End
Second







2005
Tony Scheffler
Tight End
First

 

WMU NFL DRAFT PICKS UNDER MORELAND

YEAR
NAME
POSITION
ROUND   OVERALL SELECTION
2006
Tony Scheffler
Tight End
Second
61st
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