Jared Farley (#46) played as a linebacker at the University of Northern Iowa. Farley attended Cedar Falls High School located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Farley played football throughout high school and was a three year letterman. During that time period his high school team had a total of 30 wins and only 8 losses. Farley helped lead his team to two semi-final appearances and one quarterfinal appearance. Farley was a team captain both during the 2012 and 2013 season and was awarded the Golden Hammer Award on two occasions. Farley was also a member of the basketball team in high school and was named team MVP in 2012.
Fraley had a very successful collegiate career during his time at Northern Iowa. Farley was selected to experience playing time during his freshman season and during that time Farley recorded 14 tackles, 1 interception and 1 fumble recovery. In 2015, Farley started all 12 games and earned second team MVFC Scholar-Athlete. During his sophomore season, Farley recorded 97 tackles, 9 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. In 2016, Farley started all 11 games and earned All-MVFC Second-Team and was an Honorable Mention for MVFC Scholar-Athlete. Farley recorded 80 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2 fumble recoveries and an interception. Farley capped off his collegiate career with 122 tackles, 6 TFL, 1 sack, 2 fumble recoveries and an interception. Farley commented on his experience at UNI and said, “I learned and grew so much as a player and person. All my teammates and coaches were tremendous and we had some very good teams in my time at UNI.”
Farley talked about his toughest matchup in college and said he had a lot of tough matchups while playing in the Missouri Valley. Farley commented, “the toughest was going against teammate David Johnson in practice my freshman year.” Johnson currently plays in the NFL for the Arizona Cardinals. Farley also talked about his matchups when he had 14 tackles against Iowa State, 12 tackles against North Dakota State, and 10 tackles against South Dakota State.
Farley is currently preparing to participate in his Pro Day at UNI on March 25th. Farley said his main focus was his 40 time. Saying, “so really just speed training and getting the technique of all the drills down.” Farley said not to underestimate him because of his height because of his athleticism and speed he will have a shot to play in the next level. Farley increased production each season and proved that he knows how to tackles and follow the ball. Due to his speed Farley often is able to shed the block and apply pressure to opposing quarterbacks as well as plugging up the gap to stop running backs.