Kinley Jacques; Nothing but Upside

Offensive Lineman and future Connecticut player, Kinley Jacques is not real boisterous. He's not vocal either. In fact, if he wasn't 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, you probably wouldn't notice him at all. But, get in his way when he is pulling around the end of a half-back counter, you'll notice him real quick, and probably be on the ground afterwards.

"He was a quiet kid," Jacques' high school coach Rod Taplan said. "But he led by example. On a counter he would clean wipe out a DB and a linebacker."

Kaplan said Kinley Jacques, who is already legitimate size for an NFL lineman, still has a lot of room to grow.

"He has nothing but upside to him," Kaplan said. "He's going to put on a lot more weight to his already huge frame. He has good footwork, too."

Although Jacques' physical prowess may look to be the most impressive thing about the senior, Kaplan said it's not his best attribute.

"He's a very coachable kid," Kaplan said. "We were in games trying to figure out what was going on (on the field); he stepped up and knew what was happening. He knew the offense and he understood what we were doing."

That doesn't mean there won't be a learning curve for Jacques, Kaplan said. The adjustment from high school to college is still a big one.

"I think it will probably take him a year to really understand the college game and what's it really about."

The coach isn't worried though, he thinks Jacques will make the adjustment.

"He's going to make mistakes and he's going to learn from his mistakes," Kaplan said. "He's a competitor. He's not the type of kid to stand off to the back of the line."

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