As a freshman at Alabama in 2016, Josh split time with Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough, rushing 85 times for 567 yards and four touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2017, he had 284 yards on 46 carries with one touchdown. After the season it was revealed that he had been playing on a broken ankle for most of the season. Nonetheless, Josh helped Alabama to become the College Football Playoff Champions on January 8, 2018 after an epic second half comeback. As a junior, he helped lead the team to its second straight SEC Championship and was named the MVP of the 2018 SEC Championship Game after rushing for 83 yards with two touchdowns. The following spring, Josh declared for the NFL Draft, forgoing his senior season at Alabama.
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NFL Draft & Rookie Debut
On April 25, 2019, the Oakland Raiders selected Josh in the first round (24th overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. He signed his four-year rookie contract with the team on July 9, 2019. Jacobs made his NFL debut in week 1 of the 2019 season against the Denver Broncos. In the game, he rushed 23 times for 85 yards and 2 touchdowns and caught 1 pass for 28 yards in the 24-16 win. This made him the first player since Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson in 2001 with 100 yards from scrimmage and 2 rushing touchdowns in his NFL debut.