Posted May 30, 2012

Niners RB Brandon Jacobs wants to get down to college playing weight

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49ers back Brandon Jacobs plans to get down to 255 pounds this season. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Newly acquired San Francisco 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs wants to add more explosiveness to his game by losing weight.

Jacobs told the San Jose Mercury News that he plans to play this season at this college weight of 255 pounds. Right now, Jacobs is 10 pounds shy of that goal and hopes to get to the weight with dieting.

Jacobs said he ballooned up to 285 pounds after the New York Giants Super Bowl victory in 2008.

“We just relaxed, ate, took trips, had fun,” Jacobs said. “My body wasn’t meant to be that big. But I still looked good.”

Jacobs, 29, is entering his eighth season. Jacobs rushed for 571 yards and eight touchdowns for the Super Bowl Champion Giants in 2011.

“My legs weren’t as strong, my balance wasn’t as good as it needed to be,” Jacobs said. “I want to play down in the (250s) for basically the first time in my career. I don’t think it’s far fetched.”