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Jacobs takes reins at Elkmont
First head coaching job
for ex-Tide quarterback

By Josh Cooper 340-2460

ELKMONT — One of the main questions upon Don Jacobs' hiring as head football coach for Elkmont High School regards his offense. The former Alabama quarterback has been only an offensive coordinator wherever he has gone.

On Wednesday, during a news conference to announce his hiring, Jacobs issued a strong statement. He likes to keep the opponent guessing.

"I know the system works," Jacobs said. "It has been a successful system. We can be in several different formations to get the defense in problems. There are a lot of ways you can move the defense around."

Jacobs replaces Chad McGhee, who resigned in February to move to his old coaching job in Gwinnett County, Ga.

McGhee was 9-11 overall with two season at Elkmont, including 3-7 last fall.

A native of Scottsboro, Jacobs comes to the Red Devils from Coosa-Central High in Rockford.

He also had stints as the offensive coordinator at Troy State and Alabama A&M.

Last season, Coosa-Central went 4-6.

This is Jacobs' first attempt as a head coach.

"I've been an offensive coordinator for most of my life. I have never been in charge of a whole team," Jacobs said. "But as an offensive coordinator, there is emphasis on a lot of things. Football is football."

While Jacobs, who played quarterback for the Tide in 1979 and 1980, was careful not to make predictions, he thinks the flexibility of his multiple-set offense will ultimately fit his personnel.

During Jacobs' tenure with the Tide, he led the team in passing in 1980 with 531 yards and four touchdowns.

He spent 1979 as backup to Steadman Shealy, when Alabama won the national championship.

"I've been in this business a lot of years, and you don't always have great talent," Jacobs said.

"You can make folks do things they don't think they can do. There are a lot of ways to motivate people."

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