Utah State all-conference linebacker Jake Doughty signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers, it was announced Saturday.
Doughty, a former walk-on at Utah State, will join former Aggie cornerback Jarrett Bush on the Packers roster as Bush signed with Green Bay as a rookie free agent in 2006.
Doughty becomes the sixth Utah State football player from the 2013 Mountain West Conference Mountain Division and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl championship team to move on to the NFL as safety Maurice Alexander was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round (110th pick) and cornerback Nevin Lawson was also drafted in the fourth round (133rd pick) by the Detroit Lions, while center Tyler Larsen signed a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins, tight end D.J. Tialavea signed a free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars and nose guard AJ Pataiali’i signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Ravens.
Doughty, a 6-foot-0, 234-pounder from Draper, Utah (Juan Diego High School), earned first-team all-Mountain West honors following his senior season as he recorded 148 total tackles (42 solo, 106 assist) to rank second in the nation at the Football Bowl Subdivision level. Overall, those 148 tackles rank fourth all-time in the history of the Mountain West and fifth all-time in Utah State history.
Doughty finished his senior season ranking fourth in the Mountain West and 10th in the nation with 10.6 tackles per game. He also ranked tied for first on the team with two forced fumbles, first with four quarterback hurries, third with 12.0 tackles for loss and tied for fifth with 2.0 sacks. He also had three pass breakups, one interception and one fumble recovery. Doughty finished the season with nine double-digit tackle outings, including four in his final five games.
Highlights from Doughty’s senior season included his first career touchdown on an 86-yard fumble return at No. 24 Fresno State in the inaugural Mountain West Championship game and his second career interception against Wyoming. Doughty also recorded a career-high 19 tackles against Boise State.
Doughty was named the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl after recording 1.5 tackles for loss as part of his eight total tackles against No. 24 Northern Illinois, to go along with a forced fumble.
Doughty, who was a four-time academic all-conference honoree, finished his Utah State career with 305 total tackles (102 solo, 203 assist) to rank tied for 15th all-time in school history. Doughty, who had 13 career double-digit tackle games, also had 19.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and eight pass breakups during his four-year Aggie career.
In all, Doughty was part of the winningest class in school history with 31 victories.
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Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.