Jacob William Brendel (born September 10, 1992) is an American football center for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at UCLA . Brendel was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

Early life

A native of Plano, Texas , Brendel attended Plano East Senior High School , where he played on the offensive line his junior and senior seasons and served as team captain, after playing defensive line as a freshman and sophomore. Regarded as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com , Brendel was listed as the No. 15 center prospect in his class. [2]

College career

After redshirting his initial year at UCLA, Brendel became a fixture at center after spring practice and started all 14 games for the Bruins in 2012. [3] He was named first-team Freshman All-America by The Sporting News , CBSSports.com , and Football Writers Association of America , [4] [5] [8] and second-team Freshman All-America by College Football News . [22] As a junior in 2014 , he was team's most experienced offensive lineman. After missing the season opener against Virginia with a knee injury, he returned to start the rest of the season. [12] Brendel was named to the All-Pac-12 second team. [18] He requested an evaluation of his NFL draft stock, but decided to return for his senior year, [12] when he again earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors. [19] The three-time team captain finished his UCLA career with a school record of 52 starts. [20] Brendel graduated from UCLA in Spring 2015 with a degree in Business Economics. He was named to the first-team All-Pac 12 Academic team.

Professional career

Dallas Cowboys

After going undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft , Brendel signed with the Dallas Cowboys on May 6, 2016. [20] On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Cowboys. [2] The next day, he was signed to the Cowboys' practice squad. [2] He was released from the practice squad with an injury settlement. [2]

Miami Dolphins

On October 12, 2016, Brendel was signed to the Miami Dolphins ' practice squad. [2] He was promoted to the active roster on November 19, 2016. [2]