Maryland’s Taivon Jacobs has large shoes to fill

Posted: July 2, 2018 in College football
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DJ Moore became the just the third player in Maryland history with 1,000 yards receiving in a season last year and went on to become the first wide receiver taken in the 2018 NFL draft (No. 24 overall).

The best option to take over Moore’s role will be 5’11” 170 pound sixth year Senior Taivon Jacobs.

Originally committed to Ohio State, Jacobs was a late flip for ex-head coach Randy Edsall in 2013. A knee injury forced him to redshirt his initial year, then after earning a starting job in 2014, another knee injury suffered in the opener ended his season. He came back in 2015 to play in all 12 games (four starts) and finished with 21 receptions for 254 yards. Jacobs looked like the Terrapins best wide receiver during the spring practices of 2016, but yet another knee injury forced him to miss the entire season. Last year Jacobs was a perfect compliment to Moore, starting all 12 games while finishing second on the team with 553 yards and 47 catches.

Jacobs is one of if not the fastest player for the Terrapins. He appeared to gain confidence as the season went along in 2017, showing improvement with each passing game.

While not expecting to take over as the Big Ten’s best receiver, Jacobs was still picked fourth team pre-season All-Conference by college football guru Phil Steele.

A lot of Jacobs success will depend on Maryland’s quarterback position that has been snake bitten by the injury bug. Four of the last six seasons including three straight has seen the Terrapins start at least three signal callers!

Steele projects Maryland to become bowl eligible, thus giving Jacobs an extra game to break the 1,000 yard barrier. The addition of offensive coordinator Matt Canada is a huge plus and the Terrapins should finish with their most yards thru the air under head coach DJ Durkin.

A healthy Jacobs will go a long way in Maryland achieving feats it hasn’t accomplished in recent years.

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