Foothill RB Jacob French Had Amazing Year

Foothill (Calif.) College running back Jacob French (5-10, 205), did his part on the field, so now he sits and waits for colleges to do their part. Starting out as a slot receiver during his 2005 sophomore year, French moved to running back to give the Owls some depth in the backfield.

He in turn produced a memorable sophomore year, rushing for over 1,500 yards and scoring 23 touchdowns while helping lead Foothill to a win in the Silicon Valley Bowl. He added some solid post-season honors to his mantle as well, being selected 1st Team All-State as well as all-Conference and was named the MVP of the Silicon Valley Bowl.

Still, the results of a strong sophomore year haven’t produced the amount of offers he was expecting.

“The recruiting process hasn’t been what I was hoping it would be,” said French. “I’ve talked with the coaches at Boise State but now they’re going to Colorado so I don’t know about them. I’ve also talked to coaches at Nevada and at Oregon State.”

French, a December graduate with his A.A. will have two years to play two at the Division I level, where he is hoping to land.

“I feel like I had a pretty good year and I’m really looking to go D-I. I’m kind of looking for some opportunity to play at that level. I’m open to go anywhere around the country,” said French.

One of the possible hold-ups was the lack of much of his freshman year.

“I didn’t really have a freshman year. I started out as a slot and returning some kicks, then I fractured my fibula, but I didn’t have any surgery or anything,” said French.

Fully recovered, French showed that he wasn’t suffering from any lingering effects from the injury.

French said he is also open to playing receiver in college, citing his familiarity with the position and would also like to return kicks.

He is hoping to pick up a scholarship offer so he can enroll in January and be in the mix for Spring Practice.

French prepped at Pioneer High School in San Jose.

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