Sisson Taking Part In College Showcase This Weekend
Jake Sisson needs no introduction in these parts to those who follow football.
All he did at Jamestown High School during his senior season was throw for 3,184 yards and 33 touchdowns, and rush for 723 yards and 24 more TDs. Those numbers earned him Post-Journal and Western New York Player of the Year honors, a first-team all-state designation and a Connolly Cup trophy.
After a four-year career at nearby Edinboro University, Sisson finds himself ranked in the top three in virtually every passing and career offense category, including: 85 touchdown passes (second), 8,313 passing yards (third), 8,673 yards of total offense (third), 702 pass completions (third), and 1,243 pass attempts (third).
On Monday, he’ll be rewarded for his efforts when he takes the field in Roanoke, Virginia for the Dream Bowl, a college football all-star showcase of the best FCS, Division II and Division III players from across the country.
“He got a call Dec. 30 at my mom’s house where we were having Sisson Christmas,” said George Sisson, Jake’s father, earlier this week.
It was the kind of “gift” that the younger Sisson had been waiting for for four years, because not only does this weekend allow him to play another game, but it also provides him an opportunity participate in a combine this weekend before he takes the field for the bowl game.
“It’s a chance to get true combine numbers, and a chance to be seen by CFL and some NFL scouts,” George Sisson said. “Then, any chance to get on the field on Monday is just great.”
One of three quarterbacks on his team, Sisson is realizing a lifelong dream.
“There are millions of kids who never have an opportunity,” George Sisson said. ” … Jake is going to have a chance to throw the football, call plays and he’s going to have 30-40 scouts watching him do it. C’mon man, what kind of thrill is that? Gosh, he’s got an opportunity. I know he’s ready. It will be fun to see him.
“I told him that your strength is not going to be in measurables. Your strength is knowledge, the ability to learn … and your leadership. Make sure you accentuate your strengths and survive your weaknesses.”
Sisson did perform well at the combine, highlighted by a 5.01-second clocking in the 40-yard dash, which was tied for first among the six quarterbacks on the showcase rosters. He also competed in the 20-yard short shuttle (4.5 seconds), 3-cone drill (7.54 seconds) and the vertical jump (28 inches).
In addition to the game experience, Sisson has been enjoying first-class accommodations, meals and facilities, along with a full weekend of football and social activities.
“He never had a chance to achieve the postseason bid (while playing at Edinboro), so this is an opportunity to go and have a college bowl experience,” George Sisson said.