A young and talented running back in his second year at Louisiana Tech, Jaqwis was ready to take the next step in his college football career and become an impact player for the Bulldogs . In early October of 2016, Jaqwis was handed a challenge he never saw coming. He was diagnosed with a rare form of Stage 3 Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
His football career was put on hold while he underwent four months of intense chemotherapy. In February of 2017 he received the good news the treatments had worked and he was cancer free. He followed up with a couple more radiation treatments to make sure all the cancerous cells were gone before getting cleared to begin training for the upcoming season.
In the 2017 opener versus Northwestern State, the redshirt sophomore was able to finish what he started a year earlier by forcing his way into the end zone at the end of the third quarter for a four-yard rushing touchdown to give LA Tech a 31-24 lead over the Demons. It was the first touchdown of his college career.