Marion Co Running Back Jacob Saylors Stars on the Field and the Classroom
Jasper, TN-(WDEF) We’ve got a clash of number one ranked teams tonight as South Pitt takes on rival Marion County.
Look for the Warriors to feature senior running back Jacob Saylors.
His athletic ability is not the only thing impressing college recruiters.
Jacob Saylors rushed for over a thousand yards last season, and he’s on pace to do it again this year. Head coach Joey Mathis says Saylors averaged 13-yards a carry in the Warriors win last week against Bledsoe County.
Said Mathis:”He’s a true 4.5 forty kid. Been timed by people outside of the area and those things. If he sees the hole like he says, he can get in and get out and make big plays happen.”
Reporter:”How would you describe your running style?”
Said Saylors:”I wouldn’t say north and south exactly, but I like to find green grass and go there.”
Said defensive coordinator Brandon Harmon:”Got great speed. Great, great athleticism. But I think the biggest thing that makes him a great football player is he understands the game.”
Mathis says Saylors is also one of the best blockers on the team, so they even let him play fullback on occasion.
Said Mathis:”You take a kid like Jacob, you want to get the ball in his hands as much as possible. It’s just another way out of what we do to move him around and do those kind of things with him. Like I said, he’s willing to do whatever you ask him to do. He does it usually with a smile on his face.”
Saylors says you can’t help but be a better football player when you’re a member of a team that has been to three consecutive state title games.
Said Saylors:”I’m pretty confident, but I’m also confident in the team and the ten other players I have on the field at the same time. I feel like they are going to do their responsibilities right, so I should too.”
Saylors academic skills match his athletic skills.
Said Mathis:”There’s a reason why Harvard came by to visit Jacob. He has got a great ACT score, but he takes his academics very seriously.”