May 10, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State all-conference linebacker Jake Doughty has signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers it was announced Saturday.
Doughty, a former walk-on at Utah State, will join former Aggie cornerback Jarrett Bush on the Packers roster as Bush signed with Green Bay as a rookie free agent in 2006.
Doughty becomes the sixth Utah State football player from the 2013 Mountain West Conference Mountain Division and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl championship team to move on to the NFL as safety Maurice Alexander was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round (110th pick) and cornerback Nevin Lawson was also drafted in the fourth round (133rd pick) by the Detroit Lions, while center Tyler Larsen signed a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins, tight end D.J. Tialavea signed a free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars and nose guard AJ Pataiali'i signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens.
Doughty, a 6-0, 234-pounder from Draper, Utah (Juan Diego HS) earned first-team all-Mountain West honors following his senior season as he recorded 148 total tackles (42-solo, 106-assist) to rank second in the nation at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level. Overall, those 148 tackles rank fourth all-time in the history of the Mountain West and fifth all-time in Utah State history.
Doughty finished his senior season ranking fourth in the Mountain West and 10th in the nation with 10.6 tackles per game. He also ranked tied for first on the team with two forced fumbles, first with four quarterback hurries, third with 12.0 tackles for loss, and tied for fifth with 2.0 sacks, while adding three pass breakups, one interception and one fumble recovery. Doughty finished the season with nine double-digit tackle outings, including four in his final five games.
Highlights from Doughty's senior season included his first career touchdown on an 86-yard fumble return at No. 24 Fresno State in the inaugural Mountain West Championship game and his second career interception against Wyoming. Doughty also recorded a career-high 19 tackles against Boise State.
Doughty was also named the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl after recording 1.5 tackles for loss as part of his eight total tackles against No. 24 Northern Illinois, to go along with a forced fumble.
Doughty, who was a four-time academic all-conference honoree, finished his Utah State career with 305 total tackles (102-solo, 203-assist) to rank tied for 15th all-time in school history. Doughty, who had 13 career double-digit tackle games, also had 19.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and eight pass breakups during his four-year Aggie career.
In all, Doughty was part of the winningest class in school history with 31 victories.
Utah State concluded the 2013 season with a 21-14 win against 24th-ranked Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl to finish the year with a 9-5 record and tie the 1960 and 1961 teams for the second-most wins in school history. With its win against Northern Illinois, Utah State posted back-to-back bowl wins for the first time in school history as it played in its third-straight bowl game, also a first at USU.
Utah State, who finished the 2013 season by winning six of its final seven games, also set the school record for conference wins as it posted a 7-1 league mark in its first season in the Mountain West to win the Mountain Division of the conference and advance to the inaugural Mountain West Championship game.
Utah State ended the year ranking tied for 37th nationally in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls with two votes each, marking the second time in as many years that USU has concluded the season ranked among the top teams in the nation as the 2012 team was ranked 16th in the final AP poll, 17th in the final coaches' poll and 22nd in the final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings.
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