Giles Leads His Hometown Team In Madison
Jacob Giles leads DSU into NAIA Top 20
Jacob Giles is used to being at the head of the table.
“I’ve been lucky enough to have been placed with positions where you’re forced to be a leader. You don’t really have an option I guess. You either do it or you’re not going to play those positions usually.” Giles says.
Because he grew up as the oldest brother in a family that includes sister Jenni, a state champion gymnast, and brother Josh, now the starting quarterback at Madison High School.
“I’ll offer him some advice. I don’t know how much he’ll take and he definitely won’t admit that he’ll take any of it!” Jacob says.
It was Jacob who helped start the Bulldogs rise to prominence in football, guiding them to their first ever state championship game in 2013, and then starting at guard on the Bulldogs state championship basketball team.
All the while, Madison alum and Dakota State coach Josh Anderson watched carefully.
“That was one of the biggest reasons I recruited Jake. He just has that moxy where he understands where he needs to be, why he’s doing what he’s doing, and those are huge factors. He’s not running around with his hair on fire. He’s a head coach out there on the field.” Anderson says.
And it wasn’t long until Giles was thrust into the spotlight.
“Jacob just has that “it” factor about him. When we put him in when he was a freshman, we put him in at halftime and we were down, and he scored four touchdowns.” Anderson says.
“The experience and just being able to work with coach Anderson for two years. We really know what each other is thinking.” Giles says.
It’s showing this year. Through five games Jacob has already set the school record with 22 touchdown passes while throwing for over 1600 yards and just two interceptions, leading the Trojans to a 4-1 record and their first national ranking in two decades.
“Definitely takes on a different level with knowing everybody from the town. But at the same time you still have a job to do.” Jacob says.