Michael Jasper

Leslie Michael Jasper (born October 8, 1986) is an American football coach and former player. He is the head football coach at his alma mater, Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee, a position he has held since the 2019 season. Jasper was drafted by the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL) in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft.[1] He played college football at Bethel as a defensive tackle and offensive guard. Jasper, during his college career, was extremely large even by defensive tackle standards, weighing approximately 450 pounds; he reduced his weight to 375 pounds at the behest of Bills coach Chan Gailey. As of the 2020 NFL Draft, Jasper remains the most recent NFL draft selection from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Michael Jasper
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Jasper in the 2011 preseason
Bethel Wildcats
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1986-10-08) October 8, 1986 (age 33)
Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:375 lb (170 kg)
Career information
High school:Mount Juliet (TN)
College:Bethel (TN)
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 7 / Pick: 245
Career history
As player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As coach:
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Professional careerEdit

Buffalo Bills (2011)Edit

Jasper was released prior to the start of the 2011 season in final cuts and was placed on the practice squad. The Bills activated Jasper on December 27, 2011 when tight end Mike Caussin was placed on the injured reserve list.[2] He was waived again by the Bills on August 13, 2012.

Tennessee Titans (2012)Edit

Jasper was signed by the Tennessee Titans on August 15, 2012 but was waived shortly thereafter.

Omaha Nighthawks (2012)Edit

The Nighthawks signed Jasper in September 2012, where he played both ways as a starter on the offensive line and as a nose tackle in the goal-line package on 3rd and 1 situations.

New York Giants (2013)Edit

The Giants signed Jasper to a future contract for 2013. On August 25, 2013, he was cut by the Giants.[3]

Carolina Panthers (2014)Edit

The Panthers signed Jasper to their practice squad on September 11, 2013 and then signed him as a free agent on January 14, 2014.[4]

Coaching careerEdit

From 2016 to 2018, Jasper was the offensive line coach at his alma mater, Bethel University.[5] On January 24, 2019, he was named Bethel's head football coach.[6]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Bethel Wildcats (Mid-South Conference) (2019–present)
2019 Bethel 5–6 2–5 T–6th (Bluegrass)
Bethel: 5–6 2–5
Total: 5–6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jasper drafted by the Bills
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-09-21. Retrieved 2011-12-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Eisen, Michael (August 26, 2013). "LB Aaron Curry among players released". Giants.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
  4. ^ "Carolina Panthers: Michael Jasper". Panthers.com. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
  5. ^ http://www.bethelathletics.com/coach/18/12.php
  6. ^ "Bethel hires Mike Jasper as new head football coach". WBBJ TV. January 24, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2019.

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