The Auburn head football coach also noted that even if Jacobs plays for Auburn in 2004, he isn't certain what position the 6-4, 260-pounder would line up at after playing tailback last year.
"He is still weighing his options," Tuberville said. "One thing Brandon is thinking about, once you have been a running back or a quarterback at one time, you always keep that in the back of your mind. I have had several meetings with him. He has talked about possibly looking at situations where he could go to a I-AA level and play next year (2004 season) at running back. If he decides to play running back, that is what he will probably do."
Jacobs split his time last season as a third or fourth team tailback seeing action mostly in mop-up duty. He carried the ball 72 times for 446 yards with three touchdowns. He also saw action on kickoff coverage teams.
Brandon Jacobs joined the Auburn team following his sophomore season at Coffeyville Community College. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry as a junior at AU.
After the regular season, Jacobs worked at linebacker in bowl practices. He has also has considered moving to tight end for spring practices.
"We have got to sit back and look at different scenarios for him," Tuberville said. "I want what is best for him. We have Ronnie (Ronnie Brown) and Carnell (Carnell Williams) coming back. That is not a great situation for him to get a lot of playing time at running back. If he continues to want to play running back, we will probably find somewhere else for him to do that next year. If he wants to play another position, we would like for him to do that.
"Brandon is a great young man that is in a situation that is just tough," Tuberville added. "It is tough because he came here thinking that one or both of these guys would be in the NFL at this time after his first year, but it didn't happen. He has a good future ahead of him. He works very hard. We want what is best for Brandon."
Jacobs spent his first two seasons in junior college at Coffeyville Community in Kansas before transferring to Auburn. He originally signed with the Tigers out of Napleonville, La., where he was a star tailback at Assumption High. "Whatever he does, he has got to finish this semester out," Tuberville said. "He has got to finish out academically if he is going to transfer. He will still remain with us until the end of this semester no matter what."