The careerÂ of one of the top recruits from the 2009 recruiting class could be over. Offensive lineman Hank Jacobs will miss spring football for the second straight year and this time, a back injury could finish him for his career, said head coach Craig Bohl in his pre-spring ball interview with The Forum/WDAY.
Jacobs was a second team all-state selection at Beaver Dam High School in Wisconsin, but to date was not a threat to see much playing time. “He’s been a guy either because of injuries has not been able to go out there and compete,” Bohl said.
The 6-foot-4, 284-pound Jacobs missed last spring because of shoulder surgery. On the other side of the depth chart, Bohl said sophomore Jeff Jerve had an impressive off-season and will challenge for a starting spot at tackle.
Also, Bohl said backup quarterback Dante Perez could get a look at another position, possibly receiver or defensive back. Asked if there’s a timeline to that thought, he said, “We’ll look at how these guys come out the first couple of days and make a decision.”
Perez, a senior,Â was the No. 3 quarterback last fall and played sparingly.
One defensive player not previously mentioned who may get a shot atÂ seeingÂ the field is defensive tackle/noseguard Anthony LaVoy, a transfer from Bemidji State. A 2009 graduate of Mahnomen and part of the family of football players (his uncles Tim andÂ Rick played at NDSU), he’s built himself up to 280 pounds.