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Josh Jacobs returning to his No. 8 from Alabama for the Raiders

Las Vegas Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (#28) celebrates game-winning 86-yard TD run in overtime against Seattle Seahawks.
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He has looked good in No. 28 for the Las Vegas Raiders, but Josh Jacobs wants his favorite number back. 

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Jacobs wore No. 8 at McLain High School where he became an underrated star in Tulsa, Okla.

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After spending one season at the University of Alabama as No. 25 in 2016, Jacobs went back to his number. He put together an incredible junior campaign in 2018, despite not being a traditional starter. Jacobs’ versatility was unbelievable as he gave the Crimson Tide a powerful runner, speed in open space, a dynamic receiver out of the backfield, and an elusive return specialist.

Josh Jacobs (No. 8) runs with the football for Alabama versus Oklahoma in 2018 CFP semifinal

Alabama running back Josh Jacobs runs the ball versus Oklahoma in 2018 CFP semifinal/ Photo comes via Jasen Vinlove – USA TODAY Sports

He had 15 touchdowns (11 rushing, three receiving, one kick return) in 2018, helping the Tide to a Southeastern Conference Championship and an Orange Bowl victory over Oklahoma. As a former three-star, Jacobs got selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He is a three-time 1,000+ yard rusher for the Raiders. Jacobs won the NFL’s rushing title in 2022 with 1,653 rushing yards on 340 carries and 12 touchdowns. He accomplished the feat while the Raiders declined the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. Jacobs is looking for a bigger contract, but he is changing his number back to No. 8 for the upcoming season.

Crimson Tide fans are looking forward to watching him run wild.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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