PORT ARTHUR —
Port Arthur Memorial senior Albert Jacobs is hardly the tallest receiver Head Coach Kenny Harrison and receivers coach Verril Young have tutored in their years on the sidelines.
Jacobs stands 5-feet, 10 inches and weighs 160 pounds, yet Harrison was quick to point out how big Jacobs play has been for the 2-1 Titans.
Jacobs is third in the receiving category for all players in District 21-5A heading into this Friday’s home game against Houston Bellaire with 10 catches for 168 yards and a touchdown.
The two-year starter and three-year letterman is now the go-to receiver for the Titans because of an injury to Roderic Rucker.
“Albert has come in and stepped up his game,” Harrison said. “When Rucker went down, Albert came in and accepted the challenge that goes with being the No. 1 receiver. He is working hard and really has become a big player for our offense.”
Jacobs also got plenty of praise from Young.
“Albert simply catches the football well,” Young said. “He understands our offense, knows where to go and knows how to find the open zones in a defense. He is great at reading the coverage and deciding where to go to make a play.”
Jacobs got his start with football at the age of five-years-old from his uncle. He then spent many Friday nights watching high school football and dreaming of one day making a name for himself on the field.
He now wants to make sure this Titans team returns to glory with a district and state championship.
“Those are my goals for this team and myself,” Jacob said. “Our offense has started to come together over the last two weeks. The best for me is scoring a touchdown and knowing I put points on the board to help my team out.”
Jacobs knows what will be important for the Titans moving forward with this last non-district game and heading into 21-5A play.
“We cannot turn the ball over,” Jacobs said. “We are working hard on that and that will also help our defense out by keeping those guys off the field. I was real excited to see our run game get going this past week because that helps the receivers out and gives us more room to run if the defense is worried about watching the running backs.”
The fun of the season begins for Jacobs in two weeks when the district schedule starts with a home game against Deer Park.
“Those are the best games to me,” Jacobs said. “It is such a tough district every year. The games are always so competitive and fun to be a part of.”
Harrison remembers when Jacobs actually started a game as a cornerback as a freshman in the state semifinals.
“We knew then we had a player on our hands,” Harrison said. “He learned from several great players and grew as a receiver because of that. Guys like Jhajuan Seales, who is at Oklahoma State, and John Leday, who is at Housto,n really helped Jacobs become a great receiver. Rucker has also been an asset for him. We expect big things from Albert and he expects them out of himself.”
Titan Tidbits: Albert Jacobs is the son of Sametra Boon and Albert Jacobs…Jacobs wants to play college football after graduating high school and his dream would be to play for Texas A&M. One of his favorite players is Johnny Manziel, the Heisman-winning quarterback for the Aggies. Jacobs only laughed when asked if he would want to play for the University of Texas Longhorns…Roderick Rucker is expected to miss this week’s game against Bellaire with a high ankle sprain…Harrison and other coaches in the area will be watching a weather system expected to drench Southeast Texas on Friday.