30 in 30: Alabama RB Josh Jacobs


Alabama’s Josh Jacobs was pretty matter of fact about his body of work when talking with reporters at the NFL Combine.

“I let the film speak for itself,” he said.

Now, Jacobs’ film speaks loudly but it didn’t speak often. The Alabama running back found the endzone 11 times last season and averaged over five yards per carry. The flip side of those impressive stats is that he only had 640 yards on the ground because he shared playing time with other backs at ‘Bama.

“I didn’t get a lot of carries but if you look at the production of when I was in the game it kind of speaks for itself.”

While his playing time may have been limited in college, Jacobs’ great combination of speed, strength, and versatility could make him an every down back in the NFL.

“Whether it’s catching the ball, blocking or running the ball and even special teams, just the amount of things I can do.”

Some of the top running backs in the league right now have Tuscaloosa ties. Mark Ingram, T.J. Yeldon, Derek Henry, and Alvin Kamara have become useful sounding boards for Jacobs.

“I’ve been getting advice from a lot of them since last year,” Jacobs said. “They come to all of our games. whether it’s Mark, Alvin (transferred to Tennessee) or T.J. and Derek comes back a lot too. Getting advice on the off the field stuff and on the field stuff too.”

The NFL draft begins April 25th.

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