Alabama running back Josh Jacobs saw his numbers take a slight step back from a year ago. And know we have a pretty good reason why.
Jacobs revealed on Thursday night that he had been playing on a broken ankle since the fifth week of the season, when Alabama played Ole Miss. Jacobs also announced that he will be having surgery on the ankle on Friday. Jacobs, a sophomore, finished the 2017 season with 284 rushing yards on 46 carries.
Last season, Jacobs rushed for 567 yards on 85 carries. He also found the end zone 4 times.
Lowkey nervous about having surgery tomorrow I've been playing on a broke ankle since week 5. It’s definitely been hard playing knowing that any play could be your last. I'm grateful and blessed to had finish the season much more coming soon #Blessed #Bama #RollTide #TheReturn
— Josh Jacobs (@iAM_JoshJacobs) January 12, 2018
The Alabama running back room is once again set to be stacked with talent. Despite running back Bo Scarbrough announcing he will enter the 2017 NFL Draft, Alabama did get a boost when leading rusher Damien Harris announced that he would be returning to Tuscaloosa for another season.
Also returning is Najee Harris, Alabama’s leading rusher from the naitonl title game. Harris was the No. 1 running back prospect in the 2017 recruiting class and has all the makings of the next star running back at Alabama. Harris rushed for 64 yards on 6 carries in Alabama’s 26-23 win over Georgia.
With Jacobs healthy and both Najee and Damien Harris returning, Jalen Hurts or Tua Tagovailoa will have plenty of offensive weapons next season. Alabama begins its 2018 season against Louisville in Orlando, Fla., on Sept. 1.