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November 24, 2012

Jacques an emerging star for Marist

Jacques setting records, winning academic honors at 1-AA school

Our College Stars
Michael Muldoon

---- — Jim Parady’s New Hampshire roots run deep.

He starred for his Hall of Fame father Ken Parady’s powerhouse Nashua High football teams in the late ‘70s. His sister is longtime Sanborn coach/AD Vicki Parady-Guay.

The 21st-year Marist College head football coach’s connections paid off handsomely a couple years back.

Veteran Salem High coach Jack Gati was talking up his record-setting running back Max Jacques.

“He said, ‘As good as he is on the field, he’ll be better off it,’” recalled Parady. “He was exactly right. He said it was a perfect fit for Marist and a perfect fit for Max.”

Exactly right again.

The redshirt freshman has rushed 80 times for 470 yards and five TDs and caught two passes for 18 yards and another score this fall at the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Catholic school.

Highlights include back-to-back 100-yard games and a school record-tying 96-yard TD run.

Of the long TD run, Jacques said, “The cutback was there and then my speed took over.”

Parady said Jacques “made a 5-10 yard play into a 96-yarder. He made a very good read, made a defender miss at the second level then just ran away from everyone.

When asked about the 100-yard games, Jacques said, “It was great. Very exciting.”

Always a diligent student, the communications major said his GPA is approximately a 3.5. Last year he was named to the Pioneer Football League academic honor roll. Recently he was taken aback when he was named first-team Academic All-District.

“That came out of nowhere,” said the former Eagle-Tribune MVP, who rushed for 4,559 yards and scored 56 TDs for the Blue Devils. “It’s nice to be recognized for more than one thing.”

Parady was just as proud as Jacques.

“What he’s done in the classroom has just been tremendous,” said the coach. “He’s really distinguished himself. That goes back to what his coach said about being an all-around person. He was also named to our players council. Two players from each class represent (the class for the football team). He was voted unanimously.”

Parady described Jacques’ running style as “relentless.” He added, “His legs are always going. His arms are always going.”

At just 5-6, he needs to be relentless. His short stature likely scared off a lot of teams, but not the Division 1-AA Red Foxes.

“What you worry about is durability,” explained Parady. “He’s on the shorter side, but he’s been in the weight room and is very well put together. He hasn’t lost any speed as he’s gotten bigger and bigger. He makes people miss and he very rarely goes down on first contact.”

He’s put on 22 pounds from high school up to 182 and still has the burst of the high school track star who long jumped 21-9 1/4, triple jumped 44-1 and ran an 11.16 100 meters.

Parady has been impressed.

“He’s had a great season,” he said. “It’s been a breakout year.”

Being limited to practice his first year wasn’t easy for Jacques.

“It was kind of disappointing but I kind of expected it,” he said. “At the end of the day, it was a good decision. It was good for me.”

Of course, Jacques has had to endure a lot worse than a frustrating season. His mother died unexpectedly his freshman year at Salem.

“Having my grandparents (Judith and Nicholas Jacques) and family and teachers there was a great support system,” he said. “Everybody there told me I could do it. You can’t let it bring you down.”

As he’s proved again this fall, its mighty difficult to bring Max Jacques down.

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