July 19, 2013

MARTIN, Tenn. – Jake Overbey, a former record-setting football and baseball player at nearby University School of Jackson, has transferred to The University of Tennessee at Martin.

Overbey, who has spent the last two seasons playing baseball at Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., intends to play both football and baseball at UT Martin. He is eligible to play football immediately and will have three years of eligibility remaining. He will be forced to sit out this baseball season because of NCAA transfer rules but could be cleared after an NCAA appeals process. He will have two years of eligibility left with the Skyhawk baseball team.

A 6-2, 195-pound quarterback, Overbey became the only player in USJ history to rack up two Division 2-A Mr. Football awards – capturing the award in 2009 and 2010. He was a three-time all-state selection (2008-10) under head coach Mickey Marley and led the Bruins to a 30-6 record in his three seasons as a starting quarterback.

Overbey was a two-time Jackson Sun Football Player of the Year (2008, 2010) and was a three-time Region Player of the Year. For his career, he completed 62.1 percent of his passes (511-for-823) and threw for 8,035 passing yards and 102 touchdowns (against only 18 interceptions). He also added 1,044 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns in his prep career.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jake to UT Martin,” Skyhawk head coach Jason Simpson said. “He brings a lot of talent and an exciting strong arm to the quarterback position. He’s been out of football for two years but we expect him to come right in and compete.”

For all of his success on the gridiron, Overbey also shined on the diamond during his USJ career. Playing shortstop for head coach Brad Dyer at USJ, Overbey was an all-state, all-region and all-district selection as a senior in 2011. He hit .409 with 28 doubles, 10 homers, 54 RBI’s and 56 runs scored that season and was chosen as the Most Valuable Player of the West Tennessee All-Star Game.

Overbey was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 10th round of the 2011 MLB Draft but chose to play alongside his brother Preston at Ole Miss.

At Ole Miss, Overbey appeared in 66 games the past two seasons, including 10 starts. He drove in six runs and scored six runs while logging 57 at-bats for the Rebels, who posted a 75-50 record under head coach Mike Bianco in Overbey’s two seasons (2012-13).

Overbey saw extended playing time during Ole Miss’ run in the 2012 postseason. He started in the Southeastern Conference Tournament game against LSU and made a start in all four games of the NCAA Tournament College Station Regional, hosted by Texas A&M.

“We are excited to have Jake join our program,” UT Martin baseball coach Bubba Cates said. “He is a quality player and wanted to continue playing baseball at the collegiate level. We hope to get him on the field a lot sooner than later.”

For Overbey, the opportunity to rekindle his passion for the game of football was too good to pass up at UT Martin, located just a little over 50 miles from his hometown.

“Ole Miss is a great program and I’m glad I was a part of it,” Overbey said. “When I decided to transfer, I talked to Coach Marley about going back to football. He and Coach Simpson helped me get to UT Martin to visit and I felt like this was a good place to be. I’m just grateful that Coach Simpson gave me the chance to play football here. I’m excited to be a Skyhawk.”