All 105 is a Nittany Sports Now series profiling each Penn State football player. In this edition, we will be taking a look at junior linebacker Curtis Jacobs.
Weight: 229 pounds
Hometown: Glen Burnie, Maryland
Before Penn State: Jacobs played at the McDonogh School under Hakeem Sule, where he was a two-time team captain and two-way player.
Jacobs made the all-district and all-MIAA teams three times.
As a junior, he caught 55 passes for 1,015 yards and 12 touchdowns. The year before that, Jacobs had 48 catches for 800 yards and 10 touchdowns.
247Sports, ESPN and Rivals all had Jacobs as a four-star recruit.
He came in as high as No. 34 in the nation and ranked No. 3 at both outside linebacker and overall among Maryland players for the Class of 2020.
Jacobs committed to Penn State in February of 2019.
At Penn State
Jacobs played in eight of Penn State’s nine games, recording nine tackles and a pass breakup.
Jacobs played in 12 games, starting 11.
He picked up recording 61 tackles (38 solo), seven tackles for loss, three sacks and an interception.
Jacobs also caught a pass on a fake punt against Michigan. At the end of the season, he was named an All-Big Ten honorable mention by the media.
Where He Stands:
If healthy, Jacobs will be the clear starter at the weakside (WILL) linebacker position, likely alongside Jonathan Sutherland at the strongside (SAM) linebacker and either Kobe King or Tyler Elsdon at middle (MIKE) linebacker.
Jacobs is the most experienced and proven linebacker on the roster and will bring stability to the position.
He’s expected to emerge as one of Penn State’s defensive leaders and help bring along another young linebacker in true freshman Abdul Carter.
A quote about Jacobs:
Former Penn State linebacker/defensive end Jessie Luketa, now with the Arizona Cardinals, spoke on Jacobs’ progress in not only his on-field production but his leadership in the locker room before Penn State’s Outback Bowl game against Arkansas.
“The way he’s progressed, I’ve been extremely proud,” Luketa said. “Not only from his performance on the field, but how he is starting to lead.”