After starting the season as a reserve guard, Bernstein became one of the Commodores' most valuable and dependent players during the team's six-game win streak to conclude the season... Played virtually every meaningful snap on the offensive line over the team's last seven games, seeing action in both guard roles... Earned six starting assignments: four at right guard and two at left guard... Increased playing time began in win over Auburn... First career start came at right guard in win over UMass, followed by starts at same position in road wins against Kentucky and Ole Miss... Started at left guard in late-season wins against Tennessee, Wake Forest and North Carolina State in the Music City Bowl... Shared team's Offensive Player of the Game honors for blocking performance in bowl victory.
Bernstein did not play as a freshmen... Used redshirt campaign to add strength while impressing coaches with blocking techniques as a prospective guard on the offensive front.
Senior captain... Two-year starter at left tackle for one of top Chicago suburban powers... As senior, helped Gators to first undefeated regular season in team history and into 6A state quarterfinals... Credited with 69 pancake blocks as senior, helping two teammates surpass 1,000-yard rushing mark... Named IHSA 6A All-State, Chicago Tribune second-team All-State... Two-time All-Area... played in the inaugural All-World Gridiron Classic in Charleston, S.C... Also earned letters in baseball, track & field and lacrosse.
Jacob Bernstein... Son of Steven and Shawn Bernstein... Born June 18, 1993... Has one older sister, Samantha... Dad is sales manager; mom works in corporate finance... Huge Chicago Bears fan... Enjoys golf and baseball... Worked with children as an employee of Lifetime Fitness.