99 - Jacob Kragt
Jacob Kragt
Height: 6-3
Weight: 235
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Ritzville, Wash.
High School: Lind-Ritzville HS '05
Position: DL
Experience: 3L*

2009: Listed as a starter at left defensive end on EWU's preseason depth chart.

2008: Was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII first team as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Did not start, but played in nine games before missing EWU's last two contests because of a concussion. He helped Eastern finish an impressive 11th in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivison in rushing defense (93.5), as well as fifth in sacks (3.09 per game) and ninth nationally in tackles for loss (7.9 per game).

2007: Was selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII first team as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Did not start, but lettered as a backup defensive end. He equaled his career high with four tackles against Montana-Western (8/31/07).

2006: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Saw considerable action as a backup defensive end and made the first start of his career against Portland State (10/21/06). He had four tackles in EWU's second game of the season versus West Virginia (9/9/06). He missed Eastern's last three games with an ankle injury. He had 10 tackles in four spring scrimmages, including a team-leading four sacks.

2005: Redshirted after injuring his shoulder in Eastern's second game of the season against Western Oregon (9/17/05). He had the team's big play of the week against WOU before getting injured.

HS: Graduated from Lind-Ritzville HS in 2005. Kragt was selected as the State B-11 Defensive Most Valuable Player as selected by the Seattle Times. He earned the same honor from WashingtonPreps.com, which also selected him as a first team B-11 All-State selection as a defensive lineman. He earned honorable mention B-11 All-State honors as a defensive lineman from the Associated Press as picked by sportswriters and broadcasters. Selected to play in the 2A/1A/B East-West All-State Game. Named by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 recruits in the state of Washington. He earned first team All-Northeast B-11 League honors as a running back and defensive lineman. He was a four-year starter while playing linebacker, running back and tight end in high school. As a junior and senior, he had 102 tackles including 22 for losses. As a senior, he rushed for nine touchdowns and had three touchdown receptions for a team that finished 13-0 and won the state title. As a junior, when Lind-Ritzville was classified as a 1A school, he earned first team Northeast A League honors on defense. He also played basketball and baseball, and as a junior led the Bi-County League in batting with a .480 average. Twice he earned second team all-league honors in baseball and finished his athletic career as a four-year letter winner in football, basketball and baseball. A 3.99 student ranked third in his class, he was a finalist for the Ray Flaherty Award as presented by the Inland Northwest Chapter of the National Football Foundation. The last NCAA Division I scholarship player out of the storied small-school program was Doug Wellsandt, who graduated in 1985 from Ritzville and played at Washington State before a one-year stint in the NFL with the New York Jets. Wellsandt and former Eagle head coach Paul Wulff were teammates at WSU, and are still close friends.

Personal: Born 11/14/86 in Spokane, Wash. Will turn 23 the day EWU plays at Southern Utah. Name is pronounced "crawt." Kragt is a biology major and plans to become the ninth family member, spanning three generations, to become a chiropractor.

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