AUBURN, Alabama – For the senior running back Jacob Jasinski, playing football in Auburn was the perfect addition to an already promising college experience in the Plains.
Growing up in Birmingham, Jasinski knew he wanted to date Auburn from a young age. He played soccer and lacrosse at Oak Mountain High School. While playing as a linebacker for the Eagles, he quickly decided he wanted to compete in football at the next level.
“The football and campus aspect really attracted me to Auburn,” said Jasinski. “I was really interested in aviation and knew Auburn had a great program. I started playing football in my first and last year of high school and had already planned to go to Auburn for aviation, so I just decided to try and walk to the Auburn football team. “
As a newcomer to the sport at the college level, Jasinski was not fazed by the steep learning curve. The advice and encouragement from players who had walked before motivated him even more.
“I was a little nervous but very excited to continue at Auburn,” he said. “I actually stayed home for a year and a half after graduating from high school. I graduated as a pilot in Pell City while I was training and doing position work every day. days just to repeat the tests.
“I had friends in Auburn who had walked before me and they told me what to expect. I did things based on what I was told what it was going to look like.”
Jasinski’s efforts paid off. After preparing for the trials, he secured a spot in 2018 with the Auburn Tigers as a redshirt rookie. From there, he spent time getting to know the team and soaking up all that SEC football had to offer.
Jasinski and his teammates quickly formed a close bond of friendship.
“The locker room was probably the best part of getting to know my teammates,” he said. “They made training and practice more enjoyable. We spend a lot of time together. There is a lot of dancing and shouting between the guys.”
Through all of his experiences in Auburn, the 2019 Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium remains his favorite memory. As fans and classmates cheered from the stands, Jasinski was finally on the pitch.
“My most memorable moment in Auburn would be winning the Iron Bowl in 2019,” he said. “I was on the sidelines and I think I kissed Craig Carter first. Being a part of that is a great memory that I will keep forever.”
As he began to find his bearings in the football program, the pandemic brought daily life to a halt. For an outgoing person like Jasinski, the pandemic has created a multitude of challenges, especially when it comes to their social life.
“The social aspect of school and of life in general has become much more difficult for me,” he said. “I had to be disciplined not to go out and really try to stay away from the big crowds. It was pretty tough.”
After taking precautions and staying healthy, Jasinski is set to return to the pitch for his final season as Auburn Tiger.
“My goal for this season is to graduate in December and get all the A’s in my two remaining classes,” he said. “I also want to help the team in any way I can and do my job.”
With the new coaching staff this year, Jasinski is excited about the attitude of the team and the chance to compete day in and day out.
“There’s definitely a new mindset with the change in coaching staff and I think it’s been a good change of pace and culture in the team for sure,” he said. “It was not difficult to adjust to the new staff and we are all on the same page.”
Jasinski appreciates the special relationships he made in Auburn and how much he will miss them after graduation.
“I have met some really great people here on the team but also on campus,” he said. “I will miss them very much, but I know we will always support each other.”
Looking to the future, Jasinski hopes to use his aviation degree to join the National Guard. He believes that the tools given to him as a student-athlete have had a positive impact on his professional and personal career goals.
“Once I have enough flight hours, I want to go look for a job with FedEx,” he said.
While earning flight hours, Jasinski made memorable trips to gain experience in the air. “I flew to Ohio to see my brother a few years ago which was pretty cool,” he said.
Jasinski appreciates all the people who believed in him and supported him throughout his journey.
“Thanks to my mom, dad and coach Cadillac (Williams) for helping me get here and giving me the opportunity to be on this team,” he said. “War Eagle and thank you, Auburn family.”
Madison Larson is an Auburn Athletics Media Relations student