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5 Things to Know about New Vikings LB Jake Ganus

Posted May 19, 2016

The Vikings added to their linebacker corps earlier this month when they announced the signing of undrafted free agent Jake Ganus.

The 6-foot-2 linebacker started all 13 games at Georgia last season and led the Bulldogs with 102 total tackles.

Here are five more things to know about the 22 year old:

1. Immediate impact

After playing his first three seasons at Alabama-Birmingham, Ganus was allowed to transfer to Georgia and play immediately in 2015 because football was discontinued at UAB after the 2014 season. 

2. A Tribute to the Blazers

Despite not being able to finish his career with the UAB Blazers, Ganus paid tribute to the program in January at the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Ganus wore his old UAB helmet during a practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and later wore his Georgia helmet during the Senior Bowl game.

3. Mr. 1,000

Ganus played on defense and at quarterback, as well as basketball at Chelsea High School in Alabama. As a senior, he passed for 1,058 yards, rushed for 1,491 yards and crossed the 1,000-point threshold in hoops.

4. Hitting the books

Ganus was a member of the National Honor Society twice in high school. A management major in college, he was a 2015 semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, which is given to the “absolute best” football scholar-athlete in the country by the National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Football Hall of Fame.

5. Romantic at heart

Ganus proposed to his girlfriend, Peyton Thomas, on Sept. 19, 2015. The linebacker popped the question to his high school sweetheart at the 50-yard-line after Georgia’s home win against South Carolina.