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Nic Jacobs, a tight end for McNeese State, will leave the Cowboys after one season. (Rick Hickman / Special to the American Press)

Nic Jacobs, a tight end for McNeese State, will leave the Cowboys after one season. (Rick Hickman / Special to the American Press)

Cowboys' Jacobs to enter NFL draft

Last Modified: Friday, January 10, 2014 11:44 AM

By Alex Hickey / American Press

One key component of McNeese State’s 2013 football season is leaving for potentially greener pastures, while another could be doing the same.

On the player front, junior tight end Nic Jacobs will forgo his senior year and declare for this year’s NFL draft. He has until Jan. 15 to submit paperwork to the league for early entry into the draft, but has notified McNeese head coach Matt Viator of his intentions.

“We had long discussions, and he thinks (going pro) is what’s best,” Viator said.

McNeese Sports Information Director Matthew Bonnette said Jacobs has been working out in Arizona during winter break, and received high enough grades from the NFL Draft Advisory Board to make the jump to the pros with a year of eligibility remaining.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Many native was a key offensive cog for the Cowboys this past season after transferring from LSU.

Used primarily as a blocker at LSU, he displayed his receiving ability at McNeese with 32 catches for 453 yards and four touchdowns.

“He was here a year and did a great job,” Viator said. “His teammates really liked him.”

Viator noted that Jacobs is in good academic standing and would be eligible to play next year had he elected to stay in school.

Only three other Football Championships Subdivision players — Towson running back Terrance West, Alabama State running back Isaiah Crowell and Tennessee State tight end A.C. Leonard, have declared early for this year’s draft.

Viator chuckled when asked how he’ll fill the hole created by Jacobs’ departure, but he will have to wait and see if he has to do the same thing on his coaching staff.

Viator confirmed that offensive line coach Rob Sale has interviewed for the same position at LSU, one day after the Tigers announced the departure of Greg Studrawa from Les Miles’ staff.

Sale has been with McNeese for the last two seasons after spending five years as a video and weight room assistant for Nick Saban at Alabama.

Viator already has one assistant to replace this offseason after tight ends coach Broderick Fobbs was hired as Grambling State’s head coach.

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