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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