Vanderbilt vs. Austin Peay. Photos by Joe Howell (9/19/15)
2014 Bernstein started all 12 games at left guard... Has 29 starts at guard during his three-year varsity career and concluded the year on a 23-game consecutive starts streak... Brought stability to Commodore offensive line, playing nearly 90 percent of team's offensive snaps... Commodores have 17-12 overall record with Bernstein in the starting lineup... Produced twice as many pancake blocks (59) than any other offensive linemen.
2013 Bernstein played in 12 games, earning 11 starts at left guard... After missing starts in the team's first two games, Bernstein finished with 10 consecutive starts... Played virtually every meaningful snap at guard during the second half of season as Commodores finished with four-game win streak and 7-2 mark over their last nine games... Provided excellent experience and punishing run-blocking abilities for the offensive line... Was part of superb left side of Vanderbilt OL with LT Wesley Johnson... Credited with 51 knockdown blocks, 19 intimidation blocks and 72 blocks that led to Commodore first downs and touchdowns... Consistently earning positive blocking grades from coaching staff.
2012 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.
2011 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.
High School 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.
Personal Jacob Bernstein... Majoring in Human and Organizational Development... 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.