FARMINGTON – It’s difficult for opposing defenders to cover Jacob Brown on the gridiron.
The Farmington wide receiver is a match-up nightmare with his 6-foot-5 frame alone, towering over anyone who comes in his path.
Now he hopes to make that same difference at NCAA Division II Fort Lewis College, whose new pass-heavy offense will be comparable to the Scorpions’ offense, after signing with the Skyhawks today via athletic scholarship.
“I’m hoping that I can help them with my taller frame when we get into the red zone area,” Brown said. “Using my athletic ability to jump over defenders (this last season), it was easy and smooth. I just took advantage of it.”
Brown, who looks to be a physical therapist after college, led Farmington’s aerial attack with 58 catches for 1,506 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns, landing on this past year’s 5A second-team offense.
"At that (next) level, it's going to be just as hard to find corners that match up on him. That's really what he brings to the table: you can usually find a mismatch if you put him in the right place," coach Jeff Dalton said.
Brown also gave opponents problems as a cornerback, snatching the ball away from smaller receivers and easily taking off for multiple pick-six scores. He was on the 5A first-team defense this past season.
Aside from bulking up to withstand defenders, Brown said he wants to be even more physical while blocking. He also said he wants to make quicker cuts to help generate more breakaway runs off catches.
“I want to have all the space in the world. I want to have defenders behind my back instead of (being) right there neck-and-neck with me,” said Brown, who expects to contribute as both an outside and slot receiving target.
And if Brown is called upon to help the defense, he said he’d like to be even more proactive anticipating where and when receivers will move through spaces on the field.
Whether he just helps the offense or also ends up helping the defense, Brown expects to be an asset for the Skyhawks simply because of his size.
Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.