Wake Forest's Steve Justice named Jacobs Blocking Trophy Recipient
Nov. 25, 2007
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Wake Forest's Steve Justice has been awarded the 2007 Jacobs Blocking Trophy, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced today.
The Jacobs Blocking Trophy has been awarded annually since 1953 to the player voted the most outstanding blocker in the ACC by a poll of the league's head coaches and defensive coordinators. The trophy is given in memory of William P. Jacobs, who served as president of Presbyterian College from 1935 to 1945.
A first-team pre-season All-ACC selection this season, Justice, a 6-4, 284-pound senior, was a first-team all-ACC selection at center in 2006. Justice is a three-year starter at center for the Demon Deacons. Prior to Wake's final game with Vanderbilt this season, he had participated in a team-high 830 offensive snaps, grading out positively on 765 plays for an impressive grade of 92.2%.
Justice leads Wake in knockdown blocks with 55 and has made 36 consecutive starts, leading the Deacons to a 19-7 record over the past two seasons, far and away the best two-year record in school history. He has been a pivotal factor in Wake Forest's offensive attack which has allowed the Deacons to average over 28 points a game and 143.6 yards rushing per contest.
"This is a tremendous honor for Steve," said Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe. "Steve is as good an offensive lineman as we have ever had. He has exceptional skills, is a team leader and an outstanding young man. He has a bright future in football and he is one player that we truly will miss next year.
"The Jacobs Blocking Trophy kind of speaks for itself. It is given to the top blocker in the ACC. We have a lot of great offensive linemen in this league, so its quite an honor to receive this award."
The Port Orange, Fla., native was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week following the NC State game on Nov. 19 for his play in Wake's 38-18 victory over the Wolfpack.
Justice is the third Wake Forest player to win the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, but the first since Ben Coleman won the award in 1992.
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