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Josh Jacobs battles flu-like symptoms to win MVP award

Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Josh Jacobs entered the SEC Championship game with “flu-like symptoms” and that didn’t stop him from putting on an impressive performance and taking home the 2018 SEC Championship MVP award.

Jacobs racked up 83 yards rushing on 8 carries and pushed in two touchdowns for the Tide. He did this all while taking multiple IVs.

Throughout the season, Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama’s wideouts have provided sparks for the Tide’s offense during the few times they needed one. On Saturday, Georgia’s game plan combined with some drop passes from Alabama’s wide receivers forced the Tide to try a different strategy to keep themselves in the game.

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That strategy was one the Tide knew all too well. They leaned on their backs and Jacobs delivered on more than one occasion. He scored his first touchdown from one yard out in the first quarter to tie the game 7-7. This score came on a drive, where Jacobs rushed for 10 yards on a 2nd and 10 play.

The Tide’s next scoring drive would come in the second quarter on a drive that was fueled by a 59-yard run by Jacobs. He punched in his second score of the day on a 1-yard rush.

Despite coming up big on multiple plays in the game, Jacobs feels like he has some room to improve.

“It’s crazy because all of you all think about the plays I made and the only thing I can think about is the plays that I didn’t, assignments I missed,” Jacobs said. “Each day I try to improve on that. Come tomorrow, that will be the thing I look at the most.”

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Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith


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