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#18 Jacob Hester
Position: Running Back
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 228 lbs.
Class: Junior
Experience: 2 Letters
City/State: Shreveport, La.
High School: Evangel HS
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Jacob Hester Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 02/18/2008

2007 Second-Team All-SEC (SEC Coaches)
2007 SEC Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 6 vs. Florida)
2007 Sporting News National Player of the Week (Oct. 6 vs. Florida)

CAREER
One of the most productive running backs to ever play for LSU ... Consummate team player who wore a variety of hats during his LSU career ... Brought a great attitude and work ethic to the field everyday ... Named a permanent team captain for the Tigers for the 2007 season ... A throwback player who gets the most out of his ability ... Played in 52 games during his career, starting 29 times ... Started 27 straight games at running back during his final two years with the Tigers ... Capped career with 1,780 yards rushing and 20 rushing touchdowns ... Added 60 receptions for 454 yards and seven scores ... The 60 receptions rank as the seventh most by a running back in school history ... Had best season as a senior, rushing for 1,103 yards and 12 scores ... The 1,103 rushing yards ranks as the ninth-highest total in school history ... Added 38 special teams tackles during his four years with the Tigers ... Participated in the Senior Bowl following the 2007 season.

SENIOR SEASON (2007)
Played both tailback and running back for the Tigers as well as a key member of LSU’s special teams in 2007 ... Played and started in all 14 games as a senior ... Recognized as a second-team All-SEC selection by the league coaches for his efforts ... Led the Tigers in both rushing yards (1,103) and all-purpose yards (1,209) ... The 1,103 rushing yards is the ninth-highest total in school history ... Paced the squad with 13 total touchdowns 12 rushing and 1 receiving ... Was LSU’s leading rusher in 10 of its 14 games, including 86 yards against Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game ... Averaged 4.9 yards per carry ... Turned in four 100+-yard rushing games ... Carried the Tigers to victory over then seventh-ranked Florida, rushing for 106 yards and the game-winning touchdown on 23 carries ... Performance marked the first 100-yard rushing game of his career ... For his efforts, was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week, the Sporting News National Player of the Week and the CBS Player of the Game ... SEC honor was the first of his career ... Turned in his second 100-yard rushing game in the win over La. Tech, scampering for a 115 yards and a TD on 11 carries ... Effort was spearheaded by a career-long 87-yard TD run ... Run ranks as the fifth longest for a TD in school history ... Scored two touchdowns and rushed for a career-high 126 yards on 28 carries versus Arkansas ... Racked up 120 yards on 23 carries against Tennessee in the SEC Championship game ... Punched in the game-winning score on a one-yard run against Alabama ... Finished with two rushing TDs and 80 all-purpose yards versus the Tide ... Also had two TDs in the win over Tulane ... Also caught 14 passes for 106 yards and a score ... On special teams, finished with a total of eight tackles.  

JUNIOR SEASON (2006)
A versatile running back that started at both tailback and fullback... Caught 35 passes on the year, a total that ranks as the third-most by a running back in school history ... Accumulated 709 all-purpose yards, gaining a team-high 440 on the ground, while getting another 269 through the air ... Had a career night against Arizona with 96 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns ... Led the team with a career-high six catches for 53 yards and a score, adding another 43 rushing yards and a touchdown on eight carries ... Scored a career-best two rushing TDs in the Tigers’ win over Kentucky ... Scampered a season-best 64 yards on nine carries (7.1 avg.) in the Tigers’ win over Alabama ... Added four catches for 25 yards and a score against the Tide ... Also had rushing TDs against Louisiana-Lafayette, Tulane and Mississippi State ... Added a receiving touchdown vs. Florida ... Had seven special teams tackles.

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2005)
Played in all 13 games with one start ... Capped season with 70 yards on 13 carries in win over Miami in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl ... Finished season with 114 rushing yards and two TDs on 25 carries ... Averaged 4.6 yards per carry ... Ranked second among LSU running backs with 11 catches for 63 yards ... Touchdowns came on 1-yard runs against both Miami and Mississippi State ... Also a key members of the Tiger special teams ... Ranked first on the team in special teams tackles with 14, including four against Ole Miss and North Texas ... Named LSU’s Special Teams Player of the Week vs. North Texas and Ole Miss.

FRESHMAN SEASON (2004)
Saw significant action as a true freshman, playing in all 12 games with one start ... Got first career start in road loss to Georgia ... Finished rookie campaign with 20 carries for 123 yards ... Caught two passes for 21 yards ... Rushed seven times for 50 yards, including a season-long of 18 yards, in win over Mississippi State ... Also hauled in a pass for 10 yards vs. the Bulldogs ... Carried nine times for 40 yards against Arkansas State ... Also played on special teams and recorded nine tackles, including three solo stops against Arkansas ... Had two special teams tackles against Alabama and one each vs. Arkansas State, Georgia, Troy and Iowa.

HIGH SCHOOL
The state's top fullback in 2003 after earning Louisiana 5A Offensive MVP honors in 2002 ... Member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... Solid all-around athlete who can catch the ball out of the backfield and block ... Rushed for 868 yards on 182 carries and 22 touchdowns en route to a 5A state championship game appearance in 2003 ... Made 47 catches for 523 yards and four touchdowns as a senior ... Earned 5A Offensive MVP honors after a stellar junior season, rushing for more than 1,593 yards on 222 attempts and 24 touchdowns spearheading the Eagles to the state title in 2002 ... Also caught 24 passes for 311 yards and two2 touchdowns in 2002 ... Member of two state championship teams ... Coached by Dennis Dunn.

PERSONAL
Full name is Jacob Troy Hester ... Born May 8, 1985, in Shreveport ... Parents are Joey and Nancy Hester ... Has two brothers - Adam and Chance ... Married the former Katie Tilley on July 28, 2007... Proposed outside War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock moments after LSU’s 31-26 win over the Razorbacks in 2006 ... Loves to listen to Elvis and Dean Martin ... Part of pre-game ritual is to listen to an Elvis CD ... Is a relative of former Pittsburgh Steeler great Terry Bradshaw ... Majoring in sports studies.

CAREER RUSHING HIGHS
Attempts: 28 vs. Arkansas, 2007
Yards: 126 vs. Arkansas , 2007
Touchdowns: 2, four times
Long: 87 vs. La. Tech, 2007

CAREER RECEIVING HIGHS
Attempts: 6 vs. Arizona, 2006
Yards: 53 vs. Arizona, 2006
Touchdowns: 1, seven times
Long: 38 vs. Arkansas, 2006

HESTER’S CAREER RUSHING AND RECEIVING TOTALS

Rushing
Receiving
Year
G-GS
Att.
Yds.
TD
Lg.
Rec.
Yds.
TD
Lg
2004
12-1
20
123
0
18
2
21
1
11
2005
13-1
25
114
2
21
11
63
2
15
2006
13-13
94
440
6
28
35
269
3
38
2007

14-14

225

1017

12

87

12

101

1

28

TOTALS
52-29
364
1780
20
87
60
454
7
38
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