RB Jacob Hester (Lisa Blumenfeld /Getty)
Jacob Hester debuted shining talent and the potential to play several positions on the field Saturday and helped the Bolts close out the preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys with a 31-17 win. Philip Rivers proved to be back from injury in a stronger and fitter form allowing the Bolts to look like true Super Bowl contenders.
The Chargers hosted the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium marking a preseason win that wowed even the ‘Tony Romo’-jersey-wearing-fans. Grabbing the blue ribbon with a 31-17 victory, the Bolts looked clean and confident from the first team down.
LaDainian Tomlinson did not suit up and, though he suffered a slight groin strain, he was not scheduled to play prior to the strain as he rarely plays in the preseason. Darren Sproles and Jacob Hester mended any gap that may have been open due to L.T.’s absence. Sproles scored on a 5-yard run marking one of the Bolts four rushing touchdowns.
Rookie Jacob Hester, the Bolts third round draft pick from LSU, proved to be the biggest star on the field and displayed a dynamite force giving the team a closer look at his versatile talents. He carried the ball 13 times for 49 yards and scored two running touchdowns.
The Bolts appear to have big plans for the budding star as he appeared as a fullback, H-back and backup running back. Hester received two attempts to run the ball at the goal line and converted both for touchdowns.
Mike Tolbert, an undrafted rookie free agent, scored on a 1-yard run and Nate Kaeding nailed a 53-yard field goal.
QB Philip Rivers displayed full recovery on the field after undergoing ACL surgery in the offseason. He completed 5-of-6 passes for 54 yards before he exited the game early in the second quarter with a 14-7 lead.
Backup quarterbacks, Billy Volek and Charlie Whitehurst, both saw field time but Whitehurst’s showed the more impressive performance. Whitehurst completed 5-of-7 passes for 40 yards versus Volek’s completion of 2-of-4 passes for 12 yards.
The Bolts played without six injured players, a list which includes TE Antonio Gates, who is still recovering from offseason toe surgery.