Sam Jacobs (Australian footballer)

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Sam Jacobs
Personal information
Full name Sam Jacobs
Date of birth (1988-04-10) 10 April 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Ardrossan, South Australia
Original team Woodville-West Torrens (SANFL)
Draft 1st overall, 2006 Rookie Draft
Height/Weight 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) / 105 kg
Position(s) Ruckman
Club information
Current club Adelaide
Number 24
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
17 0(3)
75 (15)
92 (18)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.

Sam Jacobs (born 10 April 1988 in Adelaide, South Australia) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Originally from Woodville-West Torrens in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL), Jacobs was selected by Carlton Football Club with its first-round selection in the 2007 AFL rookie draft (1st pick overall). Jacobs was noted for his size (199 cm tall and 101 kg) and senior experience in the SANFL, played as a ruckman in 13 senior games in 2006. Jacobs plays as a more traditional-style strong-bodied tap ruckman, and although he is less agile than many modern ruckman, he is quite effective at getting hit-outs to advantage.

As a rookie-listed player, he played for Carlton's VFL-affiliate, the Northern Bullants, for the whole 2007 and 2008 seasons. Carlton retained Jacobs as a rookie in 2009; since rookie contracts are limited to two years, Carlton was forced to delist Jacobs, then redraft him, which they did with their sixth pick (#76 overall) in the 2009 AFL rookie draft. Jacobs made his first appearance in Carlton colours in the 2009 NAB Cup, and was made a nominated rookie for the 2009 season, making his debut in the first round.[1] He played only four games before succumbing to plantar fasciitis, causing him to miss most of the season. He returned from injury late in the year, finishing the season with the Northern Bullants, his ruckwork instrumental in getting the Bullants into the grand final, which they lost.

After three years as a rookie, Jacobs was promoted to the senior list at the end of the 2009 season.[2] He played 13 games for the Blues and 10 for the Bullants during the season, again playing in a VFL Grand Final.

After 17 games for Carlton and 48 games for the Bullants over four years and with three other ruckmen on Carlton's list, Jacobs requested to be traded back home to the Adelaide Crows.[3] On 11 October 2010, Jacobs was traded to the Adelaide Crows in exchange for draft picks 33 and 67.

In Round 15, 2012 showdown match against Port Adelaide, Jacobs amassed a record 61 hitouts and won the Showdown Medal.[4]


  1. ^ Carlton punts on new faces
  2. ^ Changes to the Carlton List for 2010
  3. ^ Carlton Football Club, Jacobs requests trade, Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Crows demolish Port Adelaide in Showdown". 7 July 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 

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