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Tarvaris Jackson

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 226 | College: Alabama State
 
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Overview

One of the most unheralded athletes in college football, pro teams are enamored by the impressive velocity and perimeter passing ability Jackson displays. While he is certainly not a finished product, many agree that Jackson has as much upside as any quarterback in the 2006 NFL Draft class.

At Sidney Lanier High School, Super Prep rated Jackson the 25th-best prospect in the state of Alabama. He served as team captain, garnering All-Metro honors as a senior, and honorable mention All-State recognition as a junior and senior. He led the team to a 9-2 record during his final season while competing as a quarterback and defensive back.

In 2000, Jackson passed for 1,516 yards and ten touchdowns, rushed for 496 yards and seven scores and recorded 28 tackles. During his junior season, he gained 965 yards with three touchdowns passing, 535 yards and three more touchdowns on the ground and recorded 69 tackles on defense. He added 516 yards and three passing touchdowns while gaining 30 yards rushing during his sophomore year.

Jackson decided to enroll at the University of Arkansas in 2001, choosing the Razorbacks over West Virginia, Louisiana State and Alabama (other schools wanted him to play defensive back). He saw limited action in three games that year, gaining 53 yards on 3-of-9 passing with an interception. He spent most of the 2002 season as a reserve for the Hogs, but did earn his first career start vs. Auburn. Jackson totaled 143 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions on 14-of-39 passing (35.9 percent). After the season, Jackson saw little hope of winning a starting job at Arkansas and decided to return home, enrolling at Alabama State.

Jackson was an instant hit back in his hometown, connecting on 160 of 316 passes (50.6 percent) for 2,342 yards, 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in his first year as a starter for the Hornets in 2003. He ranked third on the team with 444 yards and five scores on 91 carries (4.9 avg) and finished the year with 2,786 yards in total offense, the sixth-best season total in school history.

In 2004, Jackson joined Ricky Jones (1991) as the only ASU quarterbacks to guide the team to ten victories in a season. He completed 182 of 349 passes for 2,556 yards, 20 touchdowns and only nine interceptions while adding 253 yards and three scores on 65 rushing attempts (3.9 avg). His 2,809 yards in total offense rank fourth on the school's single-season record list.

Thanks to a record-breaking season by Grambling State quarterback Bruce Eugene, most of the media attention for Southwestern Athletic Conference players went to the Tigers' quarterback, but Jackson did gain second-team All-SWAC honors. He ranked fourth in the nation in points responsible for (17.45 ppg), sixth in passing efficiency (164.9) and ninth in total offense (293.2 ypg). He hit on 195 of 320 passes (60.9 percent) for a career-high 2,941 yards, the third-best season total in school history. Jackson threw 29 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He rushed 103 times for 285 yards (2.8 avg) and three scores, finishing with 3,226 yards in total offense (only the third player in school annals to gain over 3,000 yards in total offense during a season).

In 36 games at Alabama State, Jackson started 35 times. He completed 537 of 985 passes (54.5 percent) for 7,839 yards, 67 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. He rushed 259 times for 982 yards (3.8 avg) and eleven scores, finishing with 8,821 yards in total offense. In eleven games at Arkansas, he gained 196 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions on 17 of 48 pass attempts. For his complete college career, he played in 47 contests, hitting on 554 of 1,033 passes (53.6 percent) for 8,035 yards, 68 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He amassed 980 yards and eleven scores on 280 carries (3.5 avg) and picked up 9,015 yards on 1,313 offensive plays.

Analysis

Positives: Has good overall muscle development, quick feet and fluid mobility on the move … Shows good arm strength, generating velocity and accuracy on his short and intermediate throws when he sets his feet … Can make the deep out when given time to throw and has good command of the huddle … Light on his feet and has a compact release … Puts good zip on his underneath throws and is effective at carrying out fakes …

Has the body control and balance needed to keep his feet when forced to tuck the ball and run with it … Effective throwing to the sidelines on the move and shows no wasted motion in his release.

Negatives: Will pull the ball down and run with it when the pocket is pressured in the past and tried to show more patience in this area as a senior. However, the result was more sacks, as he seemed to lock on to his primary target and was then late getting the ball out … Needs to do a quicker job with his progression reads in order to locate his secondary receivers … Struggles to read coverages and does not have great anticipation for the receivers coming out of their breaks (will force the ball and try to overpower it, making it tough for the receiver to adjust. The receiver is then in poor position to gain yardage after the catch) … Misses wide open targets when pressured and lacks pinpoint accuracy throwing long, as his passes tend to scatter when attempting to go down field … Not the type to throw into coverage, but while he can gain some positive yardage, is not really a threat to run long distances when tucking the ball … Needs to protect the ball better when running with it (had 19 fumbles the last three seasons).

Jackson has a muscular frame, adding over ten pounds of bulk prior to the 2005 season. He is an accurate short-range passer with good strength stepping up in the pocket, but needs to show more patience when facing the pass rush. He has good arm strength, but shows better velocity working underneath than on deep throws, despite the ability to fire the ball long distances.

Jackson is light on his feet, but must improve his quickness driving back from center to get to his throwing point. He sometimes holds the ball too low and this has resulted in several costly fumbles (see 2005 South Carolina State and Southern University games).

In 2005, he showed much better balance and improved fluidity in his set-up, but will still need to develop better feet to escape pocket pressure after the snap.

Jackson has a compact and natural release when throwing into the short and intermediate areas and has now learned how to step into his throws better than he did in the past. He has a smooth throwing motion when he sets his feet, but will sometimes revert to a three-quarter sidearm delivery with his elbow out. He is much more effective when coming over the top with no wasted motion in his release, as the ball is then in better position to deliver.

There is no question Jackson has valid arm strength, but he needs to vary the speed on his tosses, as he will fire with too much steam on the ball at times, making it hard for the receivers to get their hands on it. He puts air behind the short fade route and was better at taking some velocity off his short throws in 2005, but when he tries to overpower on his throws, his targets have to adjust and this puts them in poor position to gain yards after the catch.

He is capable of throwing from the outside hash on intermediate attempts, but is still erratic throwing across the middle or when going deep. He can throw a 30-yard strike, but lacks touch on the deep routes. When pressured, it seems he tends to miss even the wide-open receivers because of a lack of awareness of coverages, especially when on the move. With some patient coaching and technique refinement (bit of a wind-up on deep throws), he could correct this flaw, but must learn how to keep his receivers on their routes better when rolling out to throw.

Jackson does not force the ball into traffic much because he is more apt to run with it than wait patiently in the pocket when pressured. He is still a work in progress as far as making route progression reads and needs to do a better job of locating his secondary targets. He carries out fakes well, but must show more courage stepping up to take a hit when the pocket collapses. As the 2005 season progressed, he seemed to settle down some and did not look jittery in the pocket, but the result was 15 of his 24 sacks coming in the final five games of that campaign.

Jackson does show command in the huddle. He will play with pain and is an emotional leader, but a fierce pass rush can erase his confidence. Jackson has the mobility to move around in the pocket and has good speed, but even with his rushing totals, is really not a threat to go long distances running with the ball. While he can throw on the run, he is not as accurate as when he stands in the pocket (has better accuracy from the left hash than the right).

While he can hit his receivers in stride working underneath, his timing is off when going long, especially on out patterns. He tends to hold the ball too long waiting for his primary target to get open and needs to improve his quickness on progression reads. His long tosses do not come out tight and his short throws can be hard to catch at times, but with good coaching, he has the work ethic to develop better timing and anticipation.

Jackson has the size, foot speed and pocket movement to be an effective West Coast quarterback, but there are mechanical flaws that need to be corrected. Whether he can develop the quick decision-making, football instincts and field awareness needed to excel at the fast pace he will find at the next level will be factors in deciding whether he will be a capable starter or a camp prospect.

Career Notes

Accounted for 8,035 yards with 68 touchdowns and 30 interceptions on 554 of 1,003 passes (53.6 percent) during 47 games during stops at Arkansas and Alabama State … In 26 games with the Hornets, his 7,839 yards passing rank ninth in Southwestern Athletic Conference history and second in school annals, topped only by Darnell Kennedy (11,753 from 1997-2001) … His 67 touchdowns at ASU rank seventh in conference annals and second in school history behind Kennedy's 102 … Only Kennedy (859-of-1,571) had more pass completions (537) and pass attempts (985) in a career at Alabama State … Gained 9,015 yards in total offense during his career, including 8,821 at ASU … His 8,821 yards rank second on the school's career-record list behind Kennedy's 12,888.

2005 Season

All-Southwestern Athletic Conference second-team selection … Member of The NFL Draft Report's Super Sleeper Team … Team Offensive MVP and captain … Ranked fourth in the NCAA Division 1-AA ranks in points responsible for (17.45 ppg), sixth for passing efficiency (164.9) and ninth in total offense (293.2 ypg) … Completed 195 of 320 passes (60.9 percent) for 2,941 yards, 29 touchdowns and only five interceptions … His 195 pass completions rank fifth on the school's single-season record list and his 320 attempts rank seventh … His 2,941 yards is topped only by Darnell Kennedy (3,488 in 2000 and 3,151 in 2001) on the school's annual record chart … Only Kennedy (33 in both 2000 & '01) had more scoring tosses in a season for the Hornets … Third on the team with 103 carries for 285 yards (2.8 avg) and three scores … Gained 3,226 yards on 423 plays, joining Kennedy (3,674 in 2001 and 3,537 in 2000) as the only players in school history to gain over 3,000 yards in total offense during a season … Was sacked a career-high 24 times for losses of 151 yards and had 32 of his pass attempts deflected … The opposition recovered two of Jackson's five fumbles.

2005 Game Analysis

South Carolina State … Gained 261 of the team's 279 yards in total offense, but was sacked three times for losses of 24 yards, turned the ball over once on a fumble and also had a pass intercepted … Completed 16 of 33 attempts for 255 yards and two touchdowns … In the

first quarter, the Hornets went three-and-out on their first two offensive series; on the third, Jackson threw a pass that hit receiver Alvance Robinson in the shoulder pads and was intercepted … Jackson and Robinson connected on a 30-yard touchdown pass at the 11:11 mark in the second quarter … Jackson and Lorenzo Hoffman hooked up on a 79-yard touchdown pass on the Hornets' to close out the game's scoring.

Texas Southern … Threw for 323 yards and two long touchdowns on 16 of 27 chances, as Alabama State overcame a third-quarter deficit to defeat Texas Southern 27-15 … Trailing 15-13 five minutes into the third quarter, Jackson threw a screen pass to tailback Robert Randolph, who broke a few tackles and scampered 86 yards to give the Hornets the lead.

"That gave us our confidence back," said Jackson, who completed 16-of-27 passes and also ran for 25 yards. "It shows we have big-play capabilities. But we need to have some more long drives and wear people down." … A 79-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Alvance Robinson came earlier in the second quarter.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff … Threw for 229 yards and three touchdowns on 16 of 26 passes in a 41-10 triumph … When the power failed briefly at Golden Lion Stadium with a little more than three minutes remaining in the first half, Alabama State looked like a team in the dark against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. But while the lights were off until the start of the second half, they seemed to turn on at that moment for the ASU offense … The Hornets went to work early, scoring on its first drive to take a 7-0 lead at the 9:45 mark of the first quarter. Jackson completed all four of his passes during the march, the last for 15 yards to receiver Chris Maddox … ASU scored on the third play of the second half on a 32-yard pass from Jackson to Alvance Robinson … After the hot start, Jackson cooled down as he missed on 11 of his next 13 attempts. But just before the half, he got it going again and - in the dark - found Maddox again for a 16 yard touchdown with 1:18 left in the second quarter that gave the Hornets a 14-10 halftime lead.

Alcorn State … Hit on 80 percent of his passes (20-of-25) for 321 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in a 38-3 triumph, as the offense generated 512 yards … "We just came out, executed the game plan and did what we were supposed to," Jackson said. "That was pretty much it. The coaches called the right plays, and we ran them. There's not much else to say really." … Jackson easily picked apart the Alcorn State defense, completing his first 11 passes … Jackson connected with Lorenzo Hoffman for a 5-yard touchdown pass, then went deep for 48 yards to Alvance Robinson as ?Bama State roared to a 25-point halftime lead … The Jackson-Robinson combination was productive once again in the fourth quarter as the two hooked up on a 43-yard scoring pass that only added to the ASU offensive onslaught … For the third-straight game, the Hornets (505 yards) went over 500 yards in total offense.

Southern University … Held off a fierce fourth quarter rally by the Jaguars to lead ASU to a 45-35 win, completing 24 of 36 throws (66.7 percent) for 345 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, but was sacked twice and turned the ball over on a fumble … Also rushed 13 times for 89 yards and a pair of scores, finishing with a career-high 434 yards in total offense … "I don't know if I'm in a zone," said Jackson, "Right now, we're just executing very, very well on offense. We're really playing good as an offense. We're not perfect and we can definitely be better. But we're making plays." … The plays Alabama State made amounted to 550 yards in total offense - the Hornets' best total of the season and fourth straight game of at least 500 yards. ASU scored on its first three possessions of the game and had the Jaguars playing catch up the rest of the night … "I thought Jackson had a pretty good ball game," ASU coach Charles Coe said. "That first touchdown was a running touchdown where he read the end and did what he was taught to do and took it to the house." … Jackson's 66-yard touchdown run - which came after a deft ball fake to running back Keldrick Williams and left him alone to roam down the sidelines - came two plays after Southern had taken an early 7-0 lead … The aerial show commenced on the Hornets' next offensive series as Jackson threw his first touchdown pass of the game - a 57-yarder to Alvance Robinson - the gave ASU the lead for good … Before the quarter was over, Jackson - who was named Offensive Most Valuable Player of the Game - added a 33-yard scoring strike to Lorenzo Hoffman and Southern was in a big hole … Hoffman's second touchdown reception of the game - a 6-yarder from Jackson with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter - gave the Hornets a 21-point cushion heading to the fourth quarter … Jackson then sealed the victory with a 1-yard scoring run with 5:57 left to play.

Jackson State … The passing game did not take the night off, as Jackson had 287 yards in the air on 22 of 38 tosses, including a 31-yard touchdown pass to Chris Maddox early in the fourth quarter … Jackson, who took a hit to the knee early in the second quarter, returned after missing one play to engineer an offense that would score on the next seven possessions to help erase a 10-6 deficit … "He's a tough guy and he showed that tonight," ASU running back Robert Randolph said. "He took a big hit and he came right back. Any man who can do that, you have to respect him. We knew he'd be back." … Jackson added a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, as he finished the game with 22 yards on seven rushing attempts.

Prairie View A&M … Completed 12 of 22 passes for 245 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, but was also sacked twice for minus 10 yards … Jackson and Alvance Robinson connected on a 44-yard touchdown pass - a high-arcing strike that Robinson caught in stride - that gave ?Bama State an early 7-0 advantage. "We worked on that play all summer," said Robinson, who had six catches for 143 yards. "I know where he's going to put it. I just have to go get it." … But things soon went downhill for the Hornets. Jackson was forced out of the game with an eye injury after taking a shot to the head from a Prairie View defender. The hit knocked his helmet into his eye and forced him out of the game for the remainder of the first half. "It just came up and hit me right in the eye," he said. "After that, I had double vision in my left eye. It took me until there was about two minutes left in the half before it got better." … An offense that had averaged 500 yards per game went stagnant with backup Clinton Smith in the game … Jackson returned in the fourth quarter, adding touchdown tosses to tight ends Jarod Alford (6) and Clifton Cotton (3) to round out the scoring.

Alabama A&M … Threw four touchdowns on 23 of 39 tries for 316 yards, but was sacked four times for losses of 44 yards in a 31-28 loss … Jackson had a 24-yard touchdown pass to Keldrick Williams and a 28-yard scoring strike to Alvance Robinson on back-to-back series that put ASU on top 16-0 … Jackson added a 27yard scoring strike to Chris Maddox just before halftime … His fourth touchdown was good for 5 yards to Lorenzo Hoffman midway through the fourth quarter.

Grambling State … Hit on 18 of 34 attempts for 194 yards, three scores and an interception, adding 98 yards on 18 carries, but fumbled once and was sacked three times for losses of 13 yards in a tough 32-27 loss … ASU staged a furious comeback behind three Jackson touchdown tosses, but the Hornets were unable to recover an onside kick and the Tigers ran out the clock … Late in the first quarter, an errant screen pass by Jackson turned into a GSU interception and eight seconds into the second quarter, it turned into a 12-0 Tigers lead on Tiger QB Bruce Eugene's first scoring pass … The third-ranked offense in the country then started to find its groove. The Hornets used almost nine minutes off the clock and went 84 yards on 16 plays, culminating in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to Alvance Robinson to start ASU on the comeback trail … Another long drive went much quicker in the fourth quarter as the Hornets moved 80 yards in just six plays. Chris Maddox was the recipient of a 19-yard touchdown pass from Jackson and ASU was back in business … The Grambling State offense continued to sputter and the Hornets continued to take advantage. Jackson and Maddox hooked up again with 2:34 remaining, this time on a 21-yard touchdown pass, and the ASU found itself down by only five points.

Mississippi Valley … Completed 14 of 24 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns … Was sacked twice for minus 16 yards in a 38-33 loss … Capped a 7-play, 76-yard drive with a 48-yard scoring strike to Chris Maddox, followed by 5 & 16-yard touchdowns to Alvance Robinson in the first quarter … Found Robinson again with a 45-yard scoring pass midway through the third quarter.

Tuskegee … Closed out his career with 14 of 26 tosses for 140 yards and a touchdown in a 28-27 overtime loss … Was sacked four times for losses of 24 yards … The entire stadium cheered after the last play of the game. Fans of the eighth ranked Tuskegee University Golden Tigers believed their defense had forced and recovered a fumble, while fans of the Alabama State Hornets thought their offense had converted the game winning 2-point conversion. After a two-minute discussion, the officials informed the crowd of nearly 23,000 people that the conversion was no good and the game was over … ASU scored on their overtime possession (Jackson's 3-yard pass to Chris Maddox) and with an unsports-manlike conduct penalty called against Tuskegee the ball was moved to the one-yard line. The Hornets chose to go for the two-point conversion and the win. ASU running back Keldrick Williams fumbled the ball as he lunged for the goal line the ball rolled into the end zone, and defensive back Robert Durham picked up the ball and returned to the 50-yard line ending the game.

2004 Season

Became only the second quarterback in school history to lead the team to ten victories in a season, joining Ricky Jones (11 wins in 1991) … Twice named SWAC Player of the Week and was also chosen MVP of the SWAC Championship Game VI … Started eleven of twelve games, completing 182 of 349 passes (52.1 percent) for 2,556 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions … His 2,556 yards rank fourth on the school's single-season record list and his 20 scoring strikes rank fifth … Third on the team with 65 carries for 253 yards (3.9 avg) and three scores … Had a 14-yard reception and recorded a pair of solo tackles … Participated in 414 plays, totaling 2,809 yards, the fourth-best season total in school history … Was sacked ten times for losses of 97 yards and had 40 of his pass attempts deflected … Two of his three fumbles were recovered by the opposition.

2004 Game Analysis

Howard … Threw for 199 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in a 27-9 season opening victory … Hit Clayton Harris with a 48-yard scoring strike in the second quarter, when Jackson froze All-American cornerback Ronald Bartell on the play when the ASU scrambled and the defender bought into it as a running play, leaving Harris free and clear down the sidelines … Closed out the scoring with a 21-yard touchdown toss to Lorenzo Hoffman in the fourth quarter.

Texas Southern … Completed 76.5 percent of his attempts (13-of-17) for 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns in just two quarters of action in a 55-15 triumph … Jackson lobbed a 6-yard scoring pass to tight end Clifton Cotton and then connected with Alvance Robinson on a 53-yard touchdown bomb.

Alcorn State … Turned the ball over on a fumble, but made up for that miscue by hitting on 17 of 25 throws for 219 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-8 win … Two of his scoring strikes went to Reginald Glover, good for 34 yards in the first quarter and 5 yards in the fourth quarter.

Southern University … Gained 244 yards on 17 of 30 chances with two touchdowns and added another score on the ground … Flipped a 7-yard touchdown to tight end Jarod Alford and then connected with Lorenzo Hoffman for a 9-yard score … With six seconds left in the first half, Jackson ran for a 1-yard touchdown.

Jackson State … Picked up 211 yards on 14 of 23 tosses, including touchdowns of 29 & 3 yards to tailback Jay Peck, but Jackson's interception was returned 10 yards for a score by cornerback Cletis Gordon.

Prairie View A&M … Despite ASU pulling out a 42-20 victory, Jackson had his worst game as a starter, hitting on 7 of 19 throws (36.8 percent) for 61 yards and an interception.

Alabama A&M … Completed 24 of a career-high 50 passes for 298 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but was intercepted three times and sacked three times for losses of 31 yards in a 24-20 decision.

Grambling State … Amassed 306 yards with two touchdowns on 22 of 45 attempts to lead ASU to a 37-23 win … Found Reginald Glover with a 21-yard scoring pass in the first quarter and added a 5-yarder to Jarod Alford in the third quarter.

Mississippi Valley … Only hit on 12 of 25 passes for 176 yards and fumbled once, but had touchdown strikes of 9 yards to Reginald Glover and 21 yards to tight end Jarod Alford.

Tuskegee … The Hornets lost to Tuskegee, 27-17, as Jackson had his fifth-straight game where he failed to complete at least half of his passes (11-of-25, 44.0 percent), as he totaled 190 yards with no touchdowns and was sacked twice for losses of 17 yards.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff … Bounced back with 13 of 25 throws for 173 yards and two touch-downs, adding 58 yards and a score on three carries in a 21-14 decision, but also threw two interceptions … Did not play in the first half, as head coach Charlie Coe had planned to sit Jackson for the day, but when the Hornets went into the locker room down 14-0, the coach wisely put his starter back on the field … Connected with Reginald Glover on scoring tosses of 43 yards in the third quarter and 57 yards in the fourth quarter … With 0:06 left to play, Jackson ran 21 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

Southern University (SWAC Championship Game VI) … Did not throw a touchdown, but gained 275 yards on 17 of 34 throws with an interception, adding 1203 yards and a score on 15 carries in a 40-35 win … Also made a solo tackle after his interception and caught a 14-yard pass, but turned the ball over on a fumble … Named Game MVP.

2003 Season

Led the Hornets to the Eastern Division title and a berth in the SWAC championship game in his first season … Finished fourth in the SWAC in passing yards, total offense and touchdown passes … Started thirteen games, completing 160 of 316 passes (50.6 percent) for 2,342 yards, 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions … Led the SWAC quarterbacks and ranked ninth on the team with 444 yards and five scores on 91 carries (4.9 avg) … Had two solo tackles, but lost 10 yards on a reception … Participated in 407 plays, gaining 2,786 yards in total offense … Sacked 16 times for losses of 98 yards and had 33 of his pass attempts deflected … Ball security problems arose, as he fumbled eleven times, with the opposition recovering five of those miscues.

2003 Game Analysis

Florida A&M … Made his ASU debut with 10 of 18 passes for 142 yards, an interception and an 11-yard score to Brandon Horace.

Bethune Cookman … Turned the ball over on a fumble when he was sacked four times for minus 16 yards, but totaled 255 yards on 15 of 33 tries with a 15-yard score to Brandon Horace and rushed 11 times for 33 yards.

Alcorn State … Struggled with ball security, as the opposition recovered two of Jackson's four fumbles and intercepted him once, but he managed 144 yards with a 7-yard score to Brandon Horace on 10 of 21 passes and ran for a 30-yard score.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff … The struggles continued, as he hit on only 9 of 20 throws for 94 yards and two interceptions, but hit Greg Jones with a 23-yard touchdown pas and ran for a 30-yard score in the fourth quarter, picking up 109 yards on 11 carries in a 24-22 decision.

Southern University … Fumbled once, was sacked for a 3-yard loss and had two passes intercepted … Connected on 12 of 24 attempts for 123 yards and rushed 13 times for 57 yards, including a 1-yard score.

Jackson State … Added a 1-yard touchdown run and 191 yards on 12 of 23 passes with a pair of interceptions and a 6-yard scoring strike to Clifton Cotton in a 27-20 victory.

Prairie View A&M … Only threw eight times, completing four passes for 71 yards, an interception and a 27-yard score to Keldrick Williams.

Alabama A&M … Was harassed all day, turning the ball over once on four sacks for minus 31 yards … Completed 16 of 27 tosses for 218 yards and touchdowns of 17 & 23 yards to Brandon Horace.

Grambling State … Hit on 23 of 36 attempts (62.2 percent) for a season-high 361 yards, an interception and four touchdowns, including 44 & 75-yarders to Reginald Glover and 32 & 21-yarders to Chad Lucas in a tough 37-34 loss … Was named SWAC Newcomer of the Week for that performance.

Mississippi Valley … Ran for an 11-yard score and hit on 11 of 24 passes for 153 yards and an interception.

Texas Southern … Fumbled twice, but totaled 193 yards on 17 of 28 tries (60.7 percent) with three touchdowns, including 6 & 19-yarders to Chad Lucas.

Tuskegee … Gained 72 yards on six carries, but fumbled on a 10-yard sack … Connected on 11 of 22 throws for 230 yards and three touchdowns, including a 32-yarder to Reginald Glover.

Southern University (SWAC Championship Game V) … Completed 13 of 31 tosses for 167 yards, but was sacked twice for losses of 11 yards, intercepted twice and fumbled once before being replaced by Nick Forston in a 20-9 loss.

2002 Season

Played in eight games at the University of Arkansas, starting vs. Auburn … Completed 14 of 39 passes (35.9 percent) for 143 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions … Lost 16 yards on 14 carries, finishing with 127 yards on 53 plays … Sacked six times for losses of 39 yards and turned the ball over on one fumble.

2003 GAME Analysis

South Florida … Came off the bench with 8 of 11 completions (72.7 percent) for 78 yards, an interception and a touchdown, but was sacked twice for minus 18 yards.

Alabama … Could only manage to complete 1-of-11 passes for 16 yards.

Auburn … Misfired on both pass attempts, with one getting intercepted in his first career start.

Louisiana-Lafayette … Hit on both passes for 23 yards, but was sacked twice for losses of 8 yards.

2002 SEASON

Saw minimal action at Arkansas, appearing in the Nevada-Las Vegas, Alabama and Weber State games … Connected on 3-of-9 passes (33.3 percent) for 53 yards and an interception.

Injury Report

2001: Granted a medical redshirt in September after appearing in the first three games, due to a left shoulder deep bruise.

2005: Took a hit to the knee early in the second quarter, returned after missing one play to engineer an offense that would score on the next seven possessions vs. Jackson State (10/08) … Forced out of the Prairie View A&M game (10/15) with a left eye injury after taking a shot to the head from a Prairie View defender. The hit knocked his helmet into his eye and forced him out of the game for the remainder of the first half. "It just came up and hit me right in the eye," he said. "After that, I had double vision in my left eye. It took me until there was about two minutes left in the half before it got better."

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.68 in the 40-yard dash … 375-pound bench press … 300-pound power clean … 31 -inch arm length … 9 3/8-inch hands … Right-handed … 19/30 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 4.66-second 40-yard dash. … 31 1/2-inch vertical jump. … 8'11"-inch broad jump. … Lifted 225 pounds 22 times.

High School

Attended Sidney Lanier (Montgomery, Ala.) High School, playing football for head coach Robert Fuller … Super Prep rated Jackson the 25th-best prospect in the state of Alabama … Served as team captain, garnering All-Metro honors as a senior, and honorable mention All-State recognition as a junior and senior … Led the team to a 9-2 record during his final season while competing as a quarterback and defensive back … In 2000, Jackson passed for 1,516 yards and ten touchdowns, rushed for 496 yards and seven scores and made 28 tackles … During his junior season, he gained 965 yards with three touchdowns passing, 535 yards and three more touchdowns on the ground and recorded 69 tackles on defense … Added 516 yards and three aerial touchdowns while gaining 30 yards rushing during his sophomore year.

Personal

Psychology major … Son of Sasanque Jackson Scott … Born 4/21/83 … Resides in Montgomery, Alabama.

 
 
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