Bruising Butler running back is very talented

He's a big, physical running back that plays for one of the top JUCO programs in the country, but Butler RB Ricky Jacques (6-0, 225) still feels he has a lot to prove. JCFootball.com spoke with the talented runner and he updated us on things including how his summer is coming along as he gets ready to start fall camp...

Jacques prepped at Liberal High School in Kansas and got some looks from several different schools, but he decided to head to Butler to work on his game.

"You can't beat the program they have here," Jacques told JCFootball.com. "The coaches and the talent are second-to-none and when you have that combination, it's only going to make you better."

As a freshman in 2008, Jacques backed up one of the top JUCO running backs in the country in Randell Bell, but he still managed to post 135 yards on the ground and three touchdowns in sot duty. Now, heading into year two in the Grizzly system, he knows he has the opportunity to bust out with a big season.

"We have a great offense for me to run in for one thing," Jacques said when asked for reasons he thinks he can be successful. "The line we have is outstanding and we have a lot of talent at all of the skill positions, so it won't be just me or our QB against the defense. It's all of us and I think that will really help me succeed as well as the team.

"I've been hard at work in the weight room and out on the field, running routes, working on my quickness and my speed. I ran a 4.5 in the spring, but I know I'm faster than that now. I think it will all pay off this fall."

Because the Grizzly coaching staff handles a lot of the recruiting for their players, Jacques was unaware of the teams that are currently after him, but he said he hopes to find out once the season starts which schools have let it be known they like what they see.

"I don't really have a preference where I end up at, but I want to find a school with a good system and playing time available," Jacques said. "I can be a receiver or a feature back, I just want to play and if that means I have to be used in different ways, that's fine with me."

Jacques is on pace to graduate in December with his AA degree and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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