Partridge Excels, Earns Fortius Project MVP Honors
Updated: Apr 19, 2019
Jacob Partridge| Photo by Jared Redding, March 2, 2019
A three hour trip up Highway 45 from Meridian to Booneville was all worth it for Jacob Partridge this past Saturday despite a cold temperature.
The 2020 wide receiver from Lamar School had himself a field day at the Fortius Project at Northeast Mississippi Community College. His performance caused a near unanimous vote from combine staffers to give him the the highest honor. Partridge exercised the combine’s theme “Fortius” to the max. With each rep, he got stronger and improved each time.
“Every day, you have to make sure you better yourself in something you do. You have to go to bed knowing that you were better than the day before,” Partridge told SES Mississippi.
During testing, Partridge ran a 40 yard dash time of 4.75 seconds in his first attempt, which finished the second best during the first round. He rebounded with a 4.70 in his second attempt and recorded the best overall time that morning, a goal that he had in mind coming into the combine.
“I wanted to run the fastest 40.," Partridge said. “I did that. I just wanted to come in and have a good day all-around.”
In the broad jump, his first attempt of 7’4” was the third place during the first round. Once again, he improved and jumped 8’0” in the second round. It ended up finishing third overall behind Caledonia’s Brandon Chrest and Trey Newson of Independence.
Partridge’s first 5-10-5 shuttle attempt of 4.60 seconds was followed by yet another improvement of 4.51 seconds. Houston’s Rish Alford and Rosa Fort’s Marcus Rule were the only ones to best Partridge in the drill.
Partridge really stood out in 1-on-1 drills, his shiftiness in particular. Despite unfavorable field conditions, he was very sharp with his route running and was explosive coming off the line of scrimmage. That played a huge role for him this past season at Lamar where he finished the season with 66 catches, 838 yards and eight touchdowns.