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Briggs chasing college, NFL dreams

Jomarion Briggs competes at the Game-Fit Sacramento Combine on Oct. 24, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo
Jomarion Briggs competes at the Game-Fit Sacramento Combine on Oct. 24, 2020. Chris Jackson / Staff Photo

Each day Lincoln (Stockton) junior receiver/cornerback Jomarion Briggs wakes up, he’s always determined because of his family.

His family always pushes him to get up. They always push him to workout and to chase his NFL dreams someday.

He wants to make it to the league for them, and he wants to get an education paid for to become a collegiate student-athlete someday.

“It would mean a lot to me,” Briggs said. “I just want to keep playing football. It’s not all about football, but it’s about education too, and I just want to get my free education and go to college somewhere and just live my life.”

Ever since Briggs strapped on the pads for the first time in seventh grade, it was obvious he was a different breed on the football field.

Briggs lined up at quarterback, receiver and cornerback. He could play any position he wanted.

“The coaches would always tell me that I’m naturally talented and I could take it to the next level,” Briggs said.

Once Briggs advanced to the varsity squad his sophomore season in 2019, Briggs continued putting himself on a trajectory towards college football.

In Lincoln’s 9-2 season – the program’s most victories since going 11-2 in 2011 – Briggs carried the ball seven times for 45 yards, had two of his four receptions go for scores along with his 126 receiving yards and 27 tackles.

A number of schools have contacted Briggs, and Fresno State offered him late last month. Other schools to contact him include four PAC-12 teams in Arizona State, California, Colorado and Utah, on top of New Mexico out of the Mountain West.

And Briggs knows what he’s looking for in his future home.

“I just want to go somewhere where I feel home, where I don’t have to feel like I’m just out by myself,” Briggs said. “I kind of want to stay close to home so I’m like in a city I feel comfortable in.” 

Briggs is utilizing this extra time throughout the offseason to his advantage, showcasing his talents at camps and combines.

He’s been able to build closer bonds with his teammates while gearing up for the season, all the while improving his skills.

“I feel like I got faster, more explosive,” Briggs said. “I’m more of a leader now and more vocal – stuff like that.”

For Briggs and Lincoln, they are ready to take that next step as a football program after the nine-win 2019 campaign and a trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs.

Perhaps Lincoln comes away with its first section crown since 2000.

“Our goal – we just want to go all the way,” Briggs said. “We want to bring home that section, possibly bring home anything else we can and just be a good team, come out undefeated and ball out.”

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