Futures: UCLA LB-RB Myles Jack
By Matt Waldman
“Myles Jack once took a knee in a victory formation . . . it was a 38-yard gain.”
This is the lead comment to describe a collection of Myles Jack highlights on YouTube. The nod to the Dos Equis Most Interesting Man in The World ad campaign isn’t too far from the truth.
Tom Lemming’s No. 8 running back among high school prospects, Jack scored seven rushing touchdowns as freshman; only Bruins alum DeShaun Foster scored more as a first-year player. The 6-foot-1, 232-pound Jack has the burst, vision, and long-speed of a legitimate NFL running back prospect.
The problem –- if you really consider it a problem –- is that Jack was also Scout.com’s No. 4 outside linebacker prospect among incoming freshmen. His 76 tackles in 2013 were second only to Seahawks great Kenny Easley’s Bruins frosh record.
Tack on a team-high 11 pass defenses, two interceptions (one for a touchdown), a blocked punt, and two quarters on the Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll and Jack even earns the seal of approval from mothers everywhere. Pac-12 coaches were so impressed with Jack’s work that they voted the UCLA star its conference freshman of the year on offense and defense –- the first player to ever win both conference awards.