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Sauce's inspiration

Crows ruckman Sam Jacobs opens up on his emotional road to this year's Grand Final

1:04pm Sep 25, 2017

Sauce steels for 'new season'

Crows ruckman Sam Jacobs says Adelaide will approach September like a ‘new season’

10:26pm Aug 27, 2017

Jacobs joins Showdown greats

Ruckman Sam Jacobs has joined elite company by winning his third Showdown Medal

8:15pm Aug 6, 2017

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Sam
Jacobs

Height
202 cm
DOB
10-04-1988
Weight
102 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2017
25
Career
174
Goals
2017
9
Career
45
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2459
Avg
98
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

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

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

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 25
    • Kicks 7.9
    • Handballs 6.5
    • Disposals 14.4
    • Marks 3.7
    • Hit-Outs 39.8
    • Tackles 2.7
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 98.4

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Richmond Rd 6
Handballs 14 St Kilda Rd 12
Disposals 26 Richmond Rd 6
Marks 9 Richmond Rd 6
Hit-outs 74 Melbourne Rd 8
Tackles 7 Essendon Rd 4
Goals 2 Port Adelaide Rd 20
AFL Fantasy 158 Richmond Rd 6

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 GWS Giants W 147 - 91 3 10 13 2 28 2 4 3 0 0 65
2 Hawthorn W 89 - 113 11 4 15 6 43 0 1 0 1 1 106
3 Port Adelaide W 83 - 100 5 4 9 4 42 1 1 5 0 0 95
4 Essendon W 153 - 88 5 12 17 2 33 2 0 7 0 0 108
5 Gold Coast Suns W 86 - 153 3 11 14 4 34 0 1 2 0 0 82
6 Richmond W 140 - 64 15 11 26 9 50 2 1 2 1 1 158
7 North Melbourne L 145 - 86 9 10 19 4 35 1 2 1 1 0 99
8 Melbourne L 66 - 107 8 5 13 5 74 1 3 4 0 1 132
9 Brisbane Lions W 60 - 140 7 7 14 2 35 0 0 2 0 0 84
10 Fremantle W 143 - 43 7 6 13 5 40 0 1 3 1 1 104
11 Geelong Cats L 96 - 74 5 10 15 3 45 0 0 1 0 0 93
12 St Kilda W 111 - 54 11 14 25 5 37 1 3 3 0 0 117
14 Hawthorn L 82 - 96 6 6 12 5 39 1 1 2 0 0 90
15 Carlton W 77 - 89 3 7 10 2 31 0 1 3 1 0 75
16 Western Bulldogs W 104 - 45 6 5 11 2 36 1 2 3 0 0 77
17 Melbourne W 70 - 116 8 1 9 3 42 1 1 4 1 0 97
18 Geelong Cats W 91 - 70 11 6 17 7 32 2 1 1 0 0 101
19 Collingwood D 103 - 103 7 7 14 3 39 2 2 5 0 0 99
20 Port Adelaide W 130 - 46 10 2 12 3 42 3 0 6 2 1 125
21 Essendon W 80 - 123 8 3 11 1 26 1 0 2 0 0 68
22 Sydney Swans L 80 - 83 11 3 14 3 48 1 1 3 0 0 106
23 West Coast Eagles L 100 - 71 10 7 17 3 51 0 2 2 0 0 106
W1 GWS Giants W 84 - 48 8 1 9 2 30 2 2 3 0 1 71
PF Geelong Cats W 136 - 75 13 3 16 5 35 0 0 1 1 0 105
GF Richmond L 60 - 108 8 7 15 3 49 2 1 0 0 1 96
TOTAL W: 17 - L: 7 - D: 1 198 162 360 93 996 26 31 68 9 7 2459

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 174
    • Kicks 7.3
    • Handballs 6.3
    • Disposals 13.7
    • Marks 3.7
    • Hit-Outs 32.4
    • Tackles 2.3
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 87.6

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
2017 Adelaide Crows 198 162 360 93 996 26 31 68 9 7 2459
2016 Adelaide Crows 177 138 315 70 703 24 16 51 8 5 1953
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