Wibaux QB Bakken signs with Rocky

2014-02-19T16:15:00Z 2014-02-19T23:35:04Z Wibaux QB Bakken signs with Rocky The Billings Gazette
February 19, 2014 4:15 pm

Wibaux's Jacob Bakken has signed a letter of intent to play football at Rocky Mountain College beginning in the fall.

The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Bakken was a quarterback and defensive back for the Longhorns, who played for the State C 8-Man championship last fall.

Rocky coach Brian Armstrong said Bakken was signed to be a quarterback for the Battlin' Bears.

"We had him in camp this summer and I was really impressed fundamentally with where he's at at quarterback," Armstrong said. "The big thing is going to be going from eight-man to 11-man. Obviously there's going to be some transition, but he's a heck of an athlete, heck of a competitor.

"He's having an unbelievable season in basketball. Just really excited to get another Wibaux guy. The fact that he's 6-5, 6-6 and can run doesn't hurt either."

Bakken's Wibaux teammate, linebacker Chase Bertelsen, has also signed with Rocky.

Bakken was an all-state and all-conference selection last fall on offense and defense.

He passed for 1,271 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 956 yards and 23 TDs. 

"He has unbelievable arm strength," Armstrong said. "Obviously he will be able to see over the offensive line. That won't be an issue. His athleticism and ability to run are intriguing."

Defensively Bakken was in on 49 tackles last fall and had 12 interceptions.

He made the roster as a defensive back for the Montana East-West Shrine Game, which will be played in Laurel in July.

Bakken will also be playing in the Treasure State All-Star Game.

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