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November 16, 2018 Jacoby excels in freshman season at Simpson College
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Former Mid-Prairie prep Terrhyn Jacoby capped off a strong freshman year with a 51-yard touchdown reception in Simpson’s 56-7 drubbing of Buena Vista.

It was the second touchdown of the season for Jacoby, who had a 6-yard touchdown reception in a 38-33 win over Loras earlier this year. Jacoby has taken advantage of the touches he had this season, with two touchdowns in just four rushes/receptions.

Jacoby said heading into the team’s preseason camp, his goal was simply to make the travel squad and work his way as far up the depth chart as possible.

“There were a lot of really good seniors ahead of me, but I’m glad they were there because they helped me out a lot,” Jacoby said.

That improvement turned into more and more playing time and he said the season exceeded his expectations for playing time as a freshman.

Jacoby’s first touchdown of the season came on some trickery. While Simpson’s quarterback faked a pitch to the runningback and drew most of the defense’s attention, Jacoby had already been thrown the ball and headed for the endzone. He dove across the goal line and scored.

“It was awesome, we had that play drawn up for awhile,” he said. “It worked a little better in practice but it was just so much fun.”

The 51-yard touchdown against Buena Vista was a bomb of a throw to Jacoby, who said the Buena Vista safety misread the vertical route and Jacoby was able to blow past him and make the catch. From there he had about 10 yards left to run before scoring a touchdown.

Jacoby saw action in four games this season for the Storm, who finished with a 7-3 record and fell just short of a playoff bid. After starting off the season with a loss to Bethel University, Simpson reeled off four straight wins including a 37-36 victory over a ranked Wartburg squad.

Jacoby said the victory over Wartburg was the best moment of the season as their runningback completed a pass to the quarterback to catch Wartburg by surprise for the win.

The second half of their season they went 3-2, with losses to Central College and University of Dubuque. Simpson improved from a 5-5 record in 2017.

While their season is over, he said the receivers will continue to work with the quarterbacks on route running this offseason and will combine it with offseason strength and conditioning workouts. Jacoby is also planning to join the track team after their November break for the beginning of the indoor season.

“I’ll have to balance that and offseason football stuff. So I’ll stay pretty busy over the spring and summer,” Jacoby said.

He said next season’s personal goals are to get himself on the field more and as a team continue to compete for an American Rivers Conference title and qualify for the NCAA Division III football playoffs.

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