Jacob Free

Troy quarterback Jacob Free (12) was hired as a coach at Straughn High School last week.

Last week Troy quarterback Jacob Free officially left the football program to accept a position at Straughn High School as quarterbacks coach.

Free competed with Gunnar Watson and Missouri-transfer Taylor Powell for the starting quarterback position at Troy during spring practices earlier this year but also earned his bachelor’s degree at Troy in December 2020. He recently made the decision to move on from the playing field to pursue a coaching career.

Free – a Brantley native – started two games and played in six total games in 2020, throwing for 1,051 yards and six touchdowns with five interceptions. Free started his college career at Vanderbilt before transferring to Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he threw for 2,036 yards and 14 touchdowns with four interceptions in 2018.

Free was a standout all-state quarterback at Brantley High School, throwing for 7,367 yards and 95 touchdowns in his high school career. He will join his former high school coach, Ashley Kilcrease, on the staff at Straughn. Kilcrease was named Straughn’s new head coach in December. He coached Brantley from 2013 until 2017 with Free serving as his starting quarterback for three of those years.

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