2014: Redshirted his first season on campus.
Background: Laird joins the Bears as an experienced defender. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy player competed his freshman and sophomore seasons at Triad high school before playing exclusively for his Academy team, SLSG Metro. Over the course of three years with the Academy side, Laird has started 52 of 61 games. He also is a two-time Honorable Mention Mississippi Valley selection.
Personal: Jake Robert Laird is the son of Jeffrey and Donna Laird...Born May 24, 1996 in Alton, Ill....Has one sister named Emma...Biggest sports thrill was beating SLSG Missouri 1-0 the year they went to the national championship.