Duke Jacobs

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Duke Jacobs
Biographical details
Bornc. 1921
Playing career
1941Newark Bears
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1943McKinley Tech HS (DC)
1947George Washington (backfield)
1948Arkansas State (backfield)
1949Oklahoma (assistant)
1950–1951Fresno State
1953Brown (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall7–11–1 (college)

Sylvan "Duke" Jacobs was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Fresno State College—now known as California State University, Fresno—from 1950 to 1951, compiling a record of 7–11–1. A native of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, Jacobs graduated from the University of Maryland in 1942.[1] He attended Duke University as was injured during a practiced as a freshman. After transferring to Maryland, Jacob practiced with the football team, but did not letter. He played professional football in 1941 with Newark Bears of the American Association. In the spring of 1942, the Cleveland Rams of the National Football League (NFL) signed Jacobs to a contract, paying $150 per game for an 11-game season.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Fresno State Bulldogs (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1950)
1950 Fresno State 2–6–1 1–2–1 4th
Fresno State Bulldogs (Independent) (1951)
1951 Fresno State 5–5
Fresno State: 7–11–1 1–2–1
Total: 7–11–1


  1. ^ "Fresno Signs Duke Jacobs". Long Beach Independent. Long Beach, California. February 9, 1950. p. 15. Retrieved January 4, 2019 – via Newspapers.com open access.
  2. ^ "No All-American, But—". The Wilkes-Barre Record. Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. April 2, 1942. p. 19. Retrieved January 4, 2019 – via Newspapers.com open access.