BCS National Title Game To Feature White Tailback
December 03, 2007, 02:03 PM
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LSU will play Ohio State for the college football national championship in January. In the interest of "undermining stereotypes," it`s worth pointing out that the LSU Tigers` #1 running back, Jacob Hester, is white.

You could call Hester a stereotypical white tailback—he`s more bruising than brilliant—except there aren`t enough white tailbacks in big time college and pro football these days for there even to be a stereotype anymore, except among old-timers who remember the likes of Larry Csonka.

Hester`s not a superstar, but he is the main ball carrier (with twice the yardage, 1017, of anybody else) on a team that`s been at or close to #1 all season. In LSU`s biggest games, he`s been at his best, rushing for 120 yards in the SEC title game yesterday against Tennessee and 106 yards (and something like five first downs on fourth down) against 2006 national champion Florida.

The LSU website`s biography of Hester, written before this season when he emerged as the mainstay of the running game, says:

Consummate team player who wears a variety of hats... Brings a great attitude and work ethic to the field everyday ... Can play both tailback and fullback, while also serving on special teams ... A throwback player who gets the most out of his ability ... Tremendous blocker as well ... Has 30 special teams tackles for his career ... Born May 8, 1985, in Shreveport ... Married the former Katie Tilley on July 28, 2007... Proposed outside War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock moments after LSU’s 31-26 win over the Razorbacks in 2006 ... Loves to listen to Elvis and Dean Martin ... Part of his pre-game ritual is to listen to an Elvis CD ... Is a relative of former Pittsburgh Steeler great Terry Bradshaw ... Majoring in sports studies.