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Sam Jacobs News

Season review: Sam Jacobs

The ruckman's 2018 season in review

11:25am Sep 21, 2018

Gallery: Round 22

Our Round 22 win over North Melbourne through the lens of AFL Media

11:38am Aug 20, 2018

Stats that matter: Round 22

In five games played at Adelaide Oval, North Melbourne is yet to win

3:18pm Aug 16, 2018

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Sam
Jacobs

Height
200 cm
DOB
10-04-1988
Weight
102 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2018
22
Career
196
Goals
2018
3
Career
48
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1793
Avg
82
SamJacobs

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Ardrossan (SA)/Woodville-West Torrens
AFL Clubs: Carlton
Debut: v Richmond, Round One, 2009
Recruited from: Carlton
Brownlow Votes: 17

Selected in the All Australian squad of 40 and recognised with fourth place in the Crows Club Champion award after another consistent season in 2017. The reliable ruckman played every game, topping the AFL for hit-outs and finishing level with Giants ruckman Shane Mumford for hit-outs to advantage at the end of the minor round. He averaged a career-high 40 hit-outs per game to go with 15 disposals, four marks and three clearances. Jacobs recorded a career-high 74 hit-outs against Melbourne in Round Eight. He also set a new personal best for disposals (26) against Richmond in Round Six. Joined elite company in winning his third Showdown Medal with two goals, 42 hit-outs and 12 touches against All Australian ruckman Paddy Ryder in Round 20.

Season by Season

Season by Season

The durable big man led the Crows’ ruck department again in 2016 and continued to enhance his reputation as one of the best in his position. Gave his teammates first-use more often than not, finishing fourth in the competition for hit-outs (703) and fifth in hit-outs to advantage (202). Also showed his ability to win the ball around the ground, ranking second in the League among ruckmen for kicks (176). Continued to develop his offensive work to boot a career-best eight goals for the season. An ankle injury late in the year ended an impressive streak of 93 consecutive games but Jacobs was able to return to feature in the Club’s finals series.

Season by Season

Cemented his position as one of the game’s premier ruckmen in 2015. Jacobs played every game of the season and finished third in the League for hit-outs and hit-outs to advantage. His total of 859 hit-outs is an Adelaide Football Club season record. While dominating in the ruck, Jacobs continued to provide an option around the ground and averaged 15.4 possessions per game. He finished fourth in Adelaide's best and fairest count and signed a new long-term contract that will seem him most likely finish his career as a Crow. Returns to the senior leadership group in 2016.

Season by Season

Jacobs was unlucky to miss out on All-Australian selection after being named in the squad of 40 for the second time in three years. The influential big man, who played all 22 games, was the No.1 ruckman according to Champion Data Rankings in 2014. He led the AFL in hit-outs to advantage (257); collected more disposals (358); took more marks (90) and generated more rebound 50ms than any other dedicated ruckman. Finished equal-fourth in the Crows Club Champion award and celebrated his 100th game in Round 19.

Season by Season

Jacobs played every game in 2013, shouldering the majority of Adelaide’s ruck duties. While he didn’t reach the heights of his brilliant 2012 season, the 202cm Crow still ranked third in the AFL for hit-outs (622) and hit-outs to advantage (187). Included in the senior leadership group for the first time in 2013.

Season by Season

Unlucky to miss out on All-Australian selection, Jacobs established himself as one of the premier ruckmen in the competition in 2012. The former Carlton rookie took the lion’s share of Adelaide’s ruck contests, missing only one match, and leading the competition in hit-outs to advantage. Jacobs, who notched up his 50th game during the season, had a record 61 hit-outs against Port Adelaide in Round 15 – a performance which earned him the Balfours Showdown Medal for best on ground.

Season by Season

Adelaide targeted the ex-Carlton recruit in the 2010 trade week and the move reaped instant rewards. After overcoming a pre-season hamstring complaint, Jacobs made his Crows debut in Round Five and quickly established himself as the Club’s No.1 ruckman, holding his place for the rest of the season. The former rookie added impetus to Adelaide’s midfield and also created a presence around the ground. He ranked fifth in the AFL for hit-outs, averaging 32 per game and with only 36 games of experience has enormous upside.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 22
    • Kicks 6.9
    • Handballs 4.9
    • Disposals 11.8
    • Marks 2.5
    • Hit-Outs 36.3
    • Tackles 2.0
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 81.5

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 13 St Kilda Rd 3
Handballs 10 North Melbourne Rd 22
Disposals 20 St Kilda Rd 3
Marks 6 Richmond Rd 2
Hit-outs 55 GWS Giants Rd 21
Tackles 5 Collingwood Rd 4
Goals 2 Hawthorn Rd 13
AFL Fantasy 120 Richmond Rd 2

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon L 99 - 87 5 8 13 3 33 1 1 1 0 0 75
2 Richmond W 118 - 82 13 7 20 6 40 1 0 2 0 0 120
3 St Kilda W 55 - 104 13 7 20 4 37 4 2 1 0 1 105
4 Collingwood L 58 - 106 8 2 10 1 33 1 0 5 0 0 85
5 Sydney Swans W 75 - 85 7 1 8 2 42 0 1 1 0 0 72
6 Gold Coast Suns W 110 - 62 4 10 14 3 33 2 3 4 0 0 83
7 Carlton W 125 - 70 11 5 16 5 32 2 0 3 0 1 105
8 Port Adelaide L 95 - 90 4 4 8 0 32 1 0 0 0 0 53
9 Western Bulldogs W 63 - 26 5 0 5 1 54 0 2 3 0 0 78
10 Melbourne L 146 - 55 4 2 6 1 21 0 1 3 0 0 49
11 GWS Giants L 81 - 97 6 5 11 0 39 3 0 3 0 0 82
12 Fremantle L 71 - 68 4 4 8 2 41 0 0 2 0 0 75
13 Hawthorn L 88 - 32 8 5 13 3 28 2 3 1 2 0 80
15 West Coast Eagles W 88 - 78 11 7 18 2 39 3 1 2 1 2 108
16 Richmond L 103 - 56 8 3 11 5 42 1 2 3 0 0 94
17 Geelong Cats W 112 - 97 6 10 16 3 39 0 3 0 0 0 77
18 Brisbane Lions W 88 - 93 6 0 6 0 33 1 1 2 0 0 57
19 Melbourne L 77 - 90 5 1 6 3 36 1 0 3 0 0 75
20 Port Adelaide W 96 - 93 6 5 11 2 28 0 2 2 0 0 64
21 GWS Giants L 106 - 92 6 7 13 4 55 0 2 1 0 1 98
22 North Melbourne W 86 - 77 7 10 17 5 27 1 1 2 0 2 91
23 Carlton W 61 - 165 5 5 10 1 34 1 0 1 0 0 67
TOTAL W: 12 - L: 10 152 108 260 56 798 25 25 45 3 7 1793

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 196
    • Kicks 7.3
    • Handballs 6.2
    • Disposals 13.5
    • Marks 3.6
    • Hit-Outs 32.9
    • Tackles 2.3
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 86.9

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 16 St Kilda Rd 11, 2016
Handballs 17 Gold Coast Suns Rd 22, 2011
Disposals 26 Richmond Rd 6, 2017
Marks 9 Richmond Rd 6, 2017
Hit-outs 74 Melbourne Rd 8, 2017
Tackles 7 Essendon Rd 4, 2017
Goals 3 Carlton Rd 16, 2016
AFL Fantasy 158 Richmond Rd 6, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Adelaide Crows 152 108 260 56 798 25 25 45 3 7 1793
2017 Adelaide Crows 198 162 360 93 996 26 31 68 9 7 2459
2016 Adelaide Crows 176 138 314 70 703 24 16 51 8 5 1950
2015 Adelaide Crows 205 151 356 97 859 24 19 46 4 6 2248
2014 Adelaide Crows 193 165 358 90 763 11 15 46 7 3 2137
2013 Adelaide Crows 143 105 248 71 622 19 13 42 4 5 1651
2012 Adelaide Crows 190 131 321 98 743 20 17 34 7 8 2024
2011 Adelaide Crows 110 129 239 83 611 23 19 57 3 8 1668
2010 Carlton 53 95 148 37 286 17 19 53 2 2 932
2009 Carlton 9 24 33 12 58 6 6 4 1 0 179

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

50 AFL Games: v Port Adelaide, Round 15, 2012
100 AFL Games: v West Coast, Round 19, 2014
100 AFC Games: v West Coast, Round 15, 2015
150 AFL Games: v Greater Western Sydney, Round One, 2017

Awards

CLUB AWARDS

Best Team Man
2012

AFL AWARDS

All Australian Nominee
2012
2014
2017

Showdown Medal
2012, Round 15
2014, Round 15
2017, Round 20

Pre-season premiership
2012 

Q&A

Nickname: Sauce

What was your best break in life: Traded back to Adelaide

Best piece of advice your mother gave you: Look after your teeth, they cost a lot of money

If you weren’t a footballer, what would you like to be: Builder

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by: If you want something bad you will find a way, if not you will find an excuse

If you could ask someone to be your mentor, who would it be: Nathan van Berlo

Morning or evening person: Morning

Favourite timeslot to play in: Saturday afternoon

Favourite footy journalist: Josh Jenkins

Favourite TV caller/commentator: Damien Fleming

Worst injury: Torn Planta fascia

How many text messages do you send a day: 5-10

Three phone apps you can’t live without: NBA Fantasy, Twitter, Westpac

Favourite Twitter account you follow: Titus O’Reily

Most embarrassing song in your iTunes: One Direction

Best concert you’ve been to: Ed Sheeran

Where did you holiday after last season: New Zealand

Favourite sport other than football: Basketball

What sport would you like to compete in at the 2016 Olympics: Basketball

Can you change a spare tyre: Yes

Do you iron your own shirts: Yes

Favourite restaurant: Kefi

Do you believe in UFOs: Yes

What three items would you take to a desert island: Lawn mower, tennis ball, food

Any special hobbies or interests: House care

Three famous people you would like to meet: LeBron James, Barack Obama, Jennifer Aniston

What do you have that is of great value to you, but no one else: My dogs