Over the next three weeks, the Star will count down the top 10 football players from each major Southern Arizona high school program:
School: Flowing Wells
The best: Mark Jacobs
Achievements: An all-state athlete on the field and a cum laude honor roll student off it, linebacker Mark Jacobs could do no wrong during his time at Flowing Wells. Jacobs was voted Lineman of the Year by the Tucson Press Box Association, named to Coach & Athlete Magazine's Top 100 All-American team, selected first-team All-State by The Arizona Republic in 1971 and 1972 and led Flowing Wells to back-to-back title games. He didn't stop there; he started on defense as a sophomore at the UA. The one black mark on Jacobs' résumé was a game suspension in 1975 after he quit football for a day because of his newfound religious beliefs.
From the archives: "He is a very intense person and doesn't accept second-best. Mark is the type of person you don't find very often. I really believe he has a sixth sense when it comes to football." - Arizona defensive coordinator Larry Smith, in the Sept. 25, 1974, Tucson Citizen.
The big number: 199. During his three years at Flowing Wells, Jacobs made 199 unassisted tackles (462 assisted), including 78 unassisted tackles in 1972.
He ranks eighth in UA history with 383 total tackles.
Coming up: The top 10 players from Ironwood Ridge revealed Thursday.