Big University of Arizona Football Player
Jacob Alsadek, a very big Freshman University of Arizona football player, is working hard to make a name for himself. The University of Arizona Bear Down Football Stadium is only a few hundred yards away from Sam Hughes Inn. It is barely a five minute walk but a giant leap for Jacob Alsadek. Now known as #78 Jacob was very excited to become a part of the team that practices and wins there. Jacob was recruited from Torrey Pines High School near San Diego. His uncle, Marcus Nebling, a University of Arizona visiting professor (working with Optical Sciences), has stayed at Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast several times. On one of his visits Marcus introduced Jacob to the other inn guests.
A gentle giant, as well as an excellent student, Jacob is, so-far, the biggest fellow on the team at 6’7” tall and a few pounds over 340 lbs. But size isn’t everything; and he’s learning that experience plus the help of his teammates means a lot to him.
In interviews Jacob admitted he had never played football before his freshman year at Torrey Pines High School in 2009. Already the biggest fellow in his class he quickly fell in love with the game and while in high school he was named one of the top 300 high-school athletes in the country. He helped his team win the Surf Cup; and he was named a Union Tribune Scholar-Athlete (maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better).
According to the Del Mar Times, Jacob thought he was strong in high school but when he arrived at Arizona, he realized that everyone was just as strong & big. In high school he didn’t have to work as hard but since arriving in Tucson he’s had to pay much closer attention to his game.
Jacob missed a few games because of a foot injury early in the season but played in the game that clinched the PAC 12 South Championship for the University of Arizona. He was also on the roster for a short time for the team’s final humiliation, when they lost the overall Pac 12 championship game. However he remains upbeat and hopeful that the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, AZ, December 31, 2014 will give his team the ego boost it needs.
With Jacob on board University of Arizona Sports will continue to draw faithful fans for more years to come. (In the picture on top, Jacob Alsadek is helping out at a birthday party for a smaller relative).