CCSF running back shines when opportunity arises
Playing against Chabot College last week, the City College of San Francisco football team ran into an unfamiliar problem — its high-octane, pass-happy offense was not accumulating their normal gaudy numbers through the air.
Instead of trying to force the issue with the pass, the state’s top-ranked junior college team instead turned to a reliable set of shoulders to place its hopes on — sophomore running back Tyreece Jacks.
Jacks responded by rushing 28 times for a season-high 194 yards, leading the Rams to an important 28-14 victory.
"It was a great effort by the offensive line and my receivers did an awesome job of blocking for me," said Jacks, who ran for 1,983 yards and 32 touchdowns for Woodside High School in 2004. "We executed our game plan perfectly. It was definitely a team effort."
It is this humility that has made Jacks such an important member of the Rams.
"Tyreece is the ultimate team player," coach George Rush said. "He makes all the sacrifices we ask of him without any questions. He has improved his game so much since he’s been here by working hard, which is great because he is such an important part of our team."
When Jacks first arrived at CCSF, he struggled at times with the Rams’ complex offense, which calls on the running back to pick up intricate blocking assignments while also catching passes out of the backfield, accompanying the normal duties of running the ball.
"Coming out of high school, I never had to really think about blocking," said Jacks, who has racked up 372 rushing yards and 462 total yards through three games this season. "In high school, it was just about getting the ball and outrunning people. I really had to work on my game and focus on becoming a more complete player."
The hard work has paid off for Jacks, who has remained a steady option at halfback for the Rams, providing a valuable alternative to CCSF’s potent passing attack.
Recalling great all-around backs like LaDanian Tomlinson and Edgerrin James, Jacks has fashioned himself into a multi-purpose threat for the Rams, proving to be a reliable passing outlet for quarterback Zac Lee (as evidenced by his 90 yards receiving this season) while developing into a more-than-competent blocker in passing situations.
"I’ve basically turned myself into an all-purpose back," Jacks said. "I feel like I’ve developed my game a lot since being here."
Jacks’ continued expansion as a back has caught the attention of a number of Division I schools. Although he hasn’t been officially offered any scholarships yet, he has kept in contact with a few D-I programs.
"I think I’ve helped prepare myself for the next level," Jacks said. "But that’s not something I’m going to think about right now. I want to focus on this season and make sure I can give everything I can for this football team."