Dec. 9, 1997
Tra Thomas has blocked superbly for the Seminoles.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Florida State’s Tra Thomas has been selected as the
recipient of the 1997 Jacobs Blocking Trophy, Commissioner John Swofford
The Jacobs Blocking Trophy has been awarded annually since 1953 by
William & Hugh Jacobs of Clinton, S.C., to the player voted the outstanding
blocker in the ACC in a poll of the league’s defensive coordinators. The
trophy is given in the memory of William P. Jacobs, who served as President
of Presbyterian College from 1935-45.
“Tra is very deserving of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy,” said Florida State
offensive line coach Jimmy Heggins. “He has had an outstanding career at
Florida State, especially this season. Tra has been one of the mainstays
and leaders on this year’s team.”
A four-year letterman, Thomas earned first team All-ACC honors this past
season, starting 10 games at offensive tackle for the fourth-ranked and ACC
Champion Seminoles. The 6-8, 330-pound senior from DeLand, Fla., graded
out at 90 percent-or-better in every game this year, including two games of
96 percent against Georgia Tech and NC State. Thomas earned ACC Offensive
Lineman of the Week honors for his performance against the Yellow Jackets.
He had 64 pancake blocks on the year.
“There have not been too many offensive linemen to come through Florida
State that have been as talented as Tra,” said Heggins. “We expect him to
do big things in the future at the next level. He’s right up there with
Walter Jones (a first round draft pick a year ago.)”
Thomas is the third Seminole to win the Jacobs Blocking Trophy. Clay
Shiver captured the award in 1994 and 1995.