Former Bulldog Visser Takes Part In NFL Camp

Photo of Jake Visser courtesy
Photo of Jake Visser courtesy

Editor's Note: According to NFL transactions, Visser was released by the Texans on Thursday (Aug. 6) after this story was published.

Big Rapids, Mich. - Former Ferris State University All-America defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville) is currently midst his first National Football League (NFL) Training Camp with the Houston Texans.

Visser, who concluded his Bulldog eligibility last fall, officially opened his first professional camp with the Texans last Friday (July 31) after inking a priority free agent contract with the organization in the spring.

The Texans' camp runs until Aug. 22 at their Methodist Training Center location in Houston with the club's first preseason game set for next Saturday (Aug. 15) at Kansas City with kickoff set for 7 p.m. (CDT) in Arrowhead Stadium.   

The team will hold 30 practices over a 26-day span prior to the close of camp under second-year head coach and former NFL quarterback Gary Kubiak.  Houston must cut its roster to 75 players by Sept. 1 before the final 53-man roster is determined by Sept. 5 with practice squad selections announced the following day.

The Texans are coming off their best two-year stretch in team history with back-to-back 8-8 seasons.  They will officially open the regular-season by hosting the New York Jets on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 12 p.m. (CDT) in Houston's Reliant Stadium.

Visser, who is listed on the Texans' roster at 6-2, 292 pounds, spent the summer months attending the team's mini-camps and workout sessions leading up to the start of camp.  He is wearing jersey #60 at the current time.

A 2009 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Postgraduate Scholarship winner and two-time (2007 & 2008) ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-America First Team selection, Visser capped off an outstanding career by being named among the 24 candidates for the 2008 Harlon Hill Award, which is annually presented to the top collegiate player at the Division II level. He was the only offensive or defensive lineman from across the nation to make the list.

Visser, who was honored as an American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Daktronics All-America First Team pick last fall, competed in the annual NCAA Division II All-Star Game, the 2009 Valero Cactus Bowl, in January in Kingsville, Texas. The 2008 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Jack McAvoy Award winner for character and leadership on and off the field, Visser claimed AFCA All-America First Team honors as a senior for the second consecutive year. He was also recognized as a GLIAC Commissioner's Award for Academic and Athletics Excellence honoree for the second time.

Visser added to his impressive list of postseason accolades by being tabbed as a first-team All-American by and Don Hansen's Football Gazette. He was also named to the Associated Press Little All-America First Team, making him a consensus first team All-America choice by every source covering Division II football.

Visser attained all-conference accolades for the fourth-straight year in 2008 which included first-team recognition for the third year in a row and was voted the GLIAC's Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2008 for the second consecutive campaign.

As a senior, Visser was also chosen as the 2008 Daktronics Super Region Three Defensive Player of the Year and among the national finalists for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award after being chosen as Super Region Three's Co-Winner of that honor. He received the most first-place votes nationally for the Upshaw Award and finished third overall in the final voting process. He also received Daktronics Super Region Three First Team laurels, making him a three-time Daktronics First Team All-Region pick.