Former local prep football stars didn’t take long to announce their collective presence over the first full weekend of college football this season.
One, in fact, intercepted a Heisman Trophy winner during a nationally televised game with a prime-time audience.
Former Arroyo Grande High star Seth Jacobs, now a redshirt sophomore linebacker for Oklahoma State, intercepted Seminoles Heisman-winning quarterback Jameis Winston with a play that lit up social media. Jacobs returned the interception 14 yards, and also made seven tackles (three solo) during the Cowboys’ 37-31 loss to top-ranked Florida State on Saturday night in Arlington, Texas.
“Thankful my family was able to make it out to Dallas yesterday,” Jacobs tweeted Sunday.
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Jacobs wasn’t the only former Arroyo Grande High star making an impact on a national stage. His Tribune County Co-Player of the Year in 2011, Oregon State kicker Garrett Owens, made five field goals to help the Beavers beat Portland State 29-14 on Saturday in Corvallis, Ore. Another former Arroyo Grande standout, Garrett Weinreich, was Oregon State’s starting left guard.
And it doesn’t stop there.
Templeton High product Tyler Gray, now a junior linebacker at Boise State, returned an interception 7 yards and made a pair of solo tackles during the Broncos’ 35-13 loss to Mississippi on Thursday in Atlanta.
Former Paso Robles High star Bo Bonnheim, now a junior at Fresno State, started at center for the Bulldogs during a 52-13 loss at USC on Saturday.
The success of locals on the Football Bowl Subdivision gridiron isn’t limited to former prep stars. Former Allan Hancock College standout Cameron Artis-Payne rushed for 177 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries Saturday to power Auburn to a 45-21 rout of Arkansas.