Profiles in Terpage is back for 2017. Last week, we focused on running backs; this week, we’re looking at all of Maryland’s receivers.
Taivon Jacobs, WR, No. 12
Weight: 170 pounds
Year: Redshirt senior
Hometown: Camp Springs, Maryland
High school: Suitland
How he got to College Park
A composite three-star recruit, Jacobs originally committed to Ohio State before reconsidering and ultimately following his older brother Levern to College Park, signing with the Terps in the Class of 2013. He was a two-time Washington Post First-Team All-Met selection in football in addition to earning the same honor in track and field during his senior year.
Jacobs’ stint in College Park has been one mired in injury. The rising senior has only one full season under his belt, and thus, highlights are hard to come by. That said, he did catch a nice 70-yard touchdown pass in 2015 from Caleb Rowe.
(He scored, trust us.)
He also caught this pass from Tyrrell Pigrome in this year’s spring game, showing off some good footwork to stay in bounds:
If he can remain healthy, Jacobs should be one of the starting receivers in Walt Bell’s offense. He’s got the speed and skill to take advantage of Maryland’s wide-open depth chart and solidify himself as one of whoever-ends-up-playing-quarterback’s top options. D.J. Moore looks like the only receiver guaranteed a starting role heading into the season, while Jacobs, sophomore DJ Turner, a crop of largely unproven others and six freshmen will all try to find their ways onto the field as well.
Jacobs stays healthy all year, seizes the opportunity to start and has his best-ever season in a Terp uniform, topping his 21 catches for 264 yards and two touchdowns from 2015. Though he’s splitting targets with Moore and the other receivers, he makes the most of the balls thrown his way and becomes the de facto leader of the receiving corps.
One of this receiver’s many touchdown catches is tied for the second-longest score in program history.
Scaletta kicks off Receivers Week with the first point.