Jacob Tamme #83 TE
Height: 6-3 Weight: 230 Age: 31
Born: 3/15/1985 Lexington , KY
Experience: 9th season
High School: Boyle Co HS [Danville, KY]
Selected By: Indianapolis Colts
Pick (Overall): 28 (127)
Few players in college football can boast the academic and athletic success that Tamme had at Kentucky. The first tight end in school history to be named first-team All-Southeastern Conference twice, Tamme (Danville, Ky.) completed his bachelor's degree in Integrated Strategic Communications with a 3.82 GPA in just three semesters.
He continued toward a Master's in Business Administration and carried a GPA of 3.83 in graduate school. An Academic All-American choice of the College Sports Information Directors of America, Tamme was also a three-time ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District pick. He was a 2007 Draddy Award finalist, one college football's most sought after and competitive awards, which recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.
Tamme is a volunteer peer instructor for summer orientation classes and visits UK's Children's Hospital and the Veterans Administration Hospital for numerous events. On the football field, he often was the go-to receiver in clutch situations, with crucial receptions in the wins over Louisville, Louisiana State, and Vanderbilt as a senior. He would close out his Wildcats career as the all-time leading pass catcher among UK tight ends and second in SEC history, hauling in 133 passes for 1,417 yards (10.7-yard average) and 11 touchdowns.
Tamme was a rangy wide receiver and defensive back at Boyle County High School. He was a first-team All-State by the Associated Press and Louisville Courier-Journal as a senior, when he nabbed 46 passes for 797 yards (17.3-yard average) and 13 touchdowns. A finalist for "Mr. Football" in Kentucky, he was chosen for the Lexington Herald-Leader "Class of the Commonwealth," which honors the top 22 state of Kentucky seniors.
A four-year letterman and three-year starter at wide receiver and cornerback, helping the team to four consecutive state championships, two in Class AA and two in Class AAA, as the squad compiled a sterling 58-2 record over those four seasons. He was named Most Valuable Player of the state championship games as both a junior and senior. He added All-Southeast Region honors and was rated one of the top 75 wide receivers in the nation, and the seventh-best overall prospect in Kentucky by Rivals.com/Prep Star magazine. He was also the eighth-ranked prospect in the state according to Super Prep.
Tamme had 97 receptions for 1,866 yards (19.2-yard average) and 32 touchdowns for his career. He intercepted 23 passes on defense, including two returns for touchdowns, and returned 25 punts for 395 yards (15.8-yard average) and two touchdowns. An indication of his quickness and good hands, he played shortstop, an unusual position for a person with his height. He batted .475 as a junior and played in the Kentucky East-West All-Star Game for high school juniors.
The multi-sport star was an all-region performer in basketball and an Academic All-State choice in football and basketball. He was very active in school activities, a member of the student council and Beta Club and also served as editor of the school newspaper. "Jacob is a great football player with great skills. He is also is a great leader. That's what separates him from the rest," Boyle County coach Chuck Smith said.
Tamme enrolled at Kentucky as a wide receiver in 2003, choosing the university over scholarship offers from Northwestern, Louisville, West Virginia, and Indiana. He spent his first season playing on the scout team and then saw action in 11 games, including four starts, as a receiver in 2004. He went on to catch 16 passes for 161 yards (10.1-yard average) and a pair of scores. His final starting assignment came at tight end, moving to that position for the Tennessee clash.
In 2005, Tamme started 10 of 11 contests at tight end. He snared 29 passes for 251 yards (8.7 avg) and a touchdown. He also provided value on special teams, as the backup holder blocked two kicks and also returned a punt 10 yards. He also garnered SEC Academic Honor Roll for the second time.
Firmly entrenched at tight end, Tamme would earn All-SEC first-team honors as a junior. He gained 386 yards with two touchdowns on 32 receptions (12.1 avg), starring in the Music City Bowl, where he came up with a clutch touchdown catch. He also was named to the National Good Works Team by the American Football Coaches Association, the SEC Community Service Team by the SEC Office, was selected Academic All-District IV by the College Sports Information Directors of America and was a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the third straight year.
Awards continued to pile up for Tamme in 2007. He was again named All-SEC first-team, in addition to earning Academic All-American honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America, adding SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades from the league's coaches. He was the 2007 National Scholar-Athlete Award from the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame winner and a member of the National Good Works Team, chosen by the American Football Coaches Association.
The four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection grabbed a career-high 56 passes for 619 yards (11.1-yard average) and six touchdowns. He was a nominee for the Mackey Award, given to the nation's top tight end and would close out his career as the school's all-time receiving leader among tight ends (fifth overall), catching 133 passes for 1,417 yards (10.7-yard average) and 11 touchdowns while starting 37 of 48 contests. He had two punt returns for 12 yards, blocked two punts and also attempted one pass that was intercepted.