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.
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.