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DeSean Jackson, WR

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 169 | College: California
 
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Overview

DeSean Jackson declared for the 2008 NFL Draft on January 15, and it's safe to assume the only team in the Pac-10 Conference disappointed to see him go is Cal.

In three seasons at the university, the talented athlete terrorized his opponent every time he touched the ball -- as a receiver, punt returner and even on the occasional running play -- finding the end zone 29 times in 36 games.

Jackson almost didn't make it to California. He seriously considered enrolling at Southern California instead, but a late face-to-face meeting between the former Long Beach Poly High star and Bears head coach Jeff Tedford sealed the deal. Their extremely close relationship would later make Jackson's most difficult decision -- to leave school for the NFL, even harder to make, but the coach is convinced that his star pupil is ready to star at the next level.

At Long Beach Poly High School, Jackson was considered one the premier wide receivers in the nation. The Parade Magazine All-American was named the 2004 Glenn Davis Award winner by the Los Angeles Times as Southern California's Player of the Year and was a two-time member of the famed Long Beach Press-Telegram "Best in the West" first team.

ESPN.com's Tom Lemming rated Jackson as the fourth-best wide receiver in the country, Prep Star selected him an All-American and a member of its Dream Team Top 100 players, and Calhisports.com voted him the 2004 Mr. Football State Player of the Year. Super Prep ranked him 21st in its Elite 50 players in the nation and the fourth-best player in the state of California. Rivals.com rated him the third-best player in the Golden State area.

Jackson was Most Valuable Player of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, as he had seven receptions for 141 yards and passed for a 45-yard touchdown in leading the West squad to a 35-3 victory in a game that featured 80 of the nation's top players. He also sparkled in the Cali-Florida Bowl game, posting five catches for 145 yards and one score.

At Long Beach Poly, Jackson flagged down 60 passes for 1,075 yards for the CIF Southern Section championship team. He scored 15 touchdowns, eight of which covered at least 60 yards, including two on punt returns. In the CIF title game, he was a last-minute replacement on defense and responded with two interceptions, one of which he returned 68 yards for a touchdown to help fuel Long Beach Poly's 21-6 victory over Los Alamitos High. As a junior, he hunted down 43 passes for 821 yards and 11 touchdowns in earning first-team All-State accolades.

Involved in a heavy recruit war among California, Southern California, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Arizona State, Jackson enrolled at California, Berkeley in 2005, but there was concern he'd never play. In high school, Jackson hit .380 and stole 20 bases his senior year and he was considered the third-best all-around athlete in the Major League Baseball draft prospect pool in 2005 by Baseball America. Teams knew it would take a huge signing bonus to keep Jackson away from football, so they passed.

As late as his 2006 season at California, Jackson was still having thoughts of playing baseball.

In 2005, Jackson became the first incoming Cal player to win the Glenn Davis Award since running back Russell White captured the award for Crespi High School in 1987. Jackson took over flanker duties for the Bears, starting 10 contests, as he sat out the Washington State clash with a shoulder injury. He had a decent freshman campaign, totaling 698 all-purpose yards. He caught 38 passes for 601 yards (15.8-yard average) and seven touchdowns, adding 48 yards on eight carries (6.0-yard average). As a preview of things to come in 2006, Jackson's only punt return produced a 49-yard touchdown vs. Sacramento State in his collegiate debut.

As a sophomore, Jackson was a consensus All-American and unanimous All-Pac 10 Conference first-team choice. He captured the inaugural Randy Moss Award as the top return man in the nation, leading the NCAA with 18.2 yards per punt return, as he ranked second in the Pac-10 with nine receiving touchdowns. He set school and Pac-10 records for season (four) and career punt return touchdowns (five) with a 95-yarder vs. Arizona.

Jackson had four 100-yard games and registered 28 plays of 20 or more yards. He hauled in 59 passes for 1,060 yards (18.9-yard average) and gained 19 yards on five carries. He amassed 455 yards on 25 punt returns and 38 yards on two kickoff returns, piling up 1,572 all-purpose yards.

In 2007, Jackson was bothered by a badly sprained left thumb and was forced to wear a cast in practices and was heavily taped during games. He also suffered a deep thigh contusion vs. Washington that would force him to sit out the season finale vs. Stanford. He still earned American Football Coaches Association All-American first-team honors. He was a second-team All-Pac-10 pick as a receiver and punt returner.

Due to the injuries, he produced 762 yards and six touchdowns on 65 receptions (11.7-yard average). Jackson gained 132 yards with a score on 11 carries (12.0 avg) and returned only 12 punts for 129 yards (10.8 avg), including a 77-yard touchdown. He finished his junior campaign with 1,023 all-purpose yards.

In 36 games at California, Jackson started 34 games at flanker. He hauled in 162 passes for 2,423 yards (15.0-yard average) and 22 touchdowns. He carried 24 times for 199 yards (8.3 avg) and a score and also attempted one pass. On special teams, he gained 633 yards with six touchdowns on 38 punt returns (16.7 avg), 38 yards on two kickoff returns and recorded five solo tackles. He finished with 3,293 all-purpose yards, an average of 91.47 yards per game. For his career, he recorded 52 plays of 20 yards or more (23.0% of his 226 touches).

Analysis

Positives: Lacks bulk on his lean frame, but shows good muscle tone, adequate bubble, good arm length, natural hands and tapered thighs and calves … Split high with good leg length, as his lower body looks and runs like a sprinter's … Has just adequate strength to fight for tough catches, but shows the sudden burst to elude in the open field … While he has sprinter's speed, it is not like that of a normal track man, as he has a rapid stride with quick feet and the lateral agility to get in and out of a crowd with his flexible torso and hips that lets him adjust on the move … Highly motivated and intense player who works to finish and is not afraid of contact, but needs to tone down his emotions (gets caught up in trash talk and is taken out of his game when he spends too much time jawing with an opponent) … Gives a good effort in the training room and is an intelligent athlete who knows how to game plan for his upcoming opponent … Can be a vocal leader when he needs to and can handle tough coaching … Shows outstanding explosion off the snap with excellent get-off speed … Quick-twitch type who might struggle vs. a strong press, but has the lateral agility to set up the defender and get the opponent out of his backpedal earlier than desired … Has a good rolling burst to his break point, doing a nice job of lowering his pads throughout the route's progression … When he sinks his pads, he is very fluid accelerating out of his breaks … Runs posts and slants cleanly and has a good understanding for stems, sticks and leverage (must improve transition) … Avoids defenders and works back to the pocket when the quarterback needs to scramble … Finds and sits in soft areas, waiting for the reception and has the rare speed to close the gap on off-man coverage, as he does a good job of extending and gaining a step for the over-the-shoulder grabs … Very creative on the move with fluid hips. He needs work on his transition cuts, but he can run past defenders on deep routes … Has good ability to extend and pluck the ball outside his frame, especially on off motion and swing routes … Will round routes at times, but has the ability to create separation after the catch … Holds on to the ball after the collision and, while he will not hesitate on routes coming inside, he will lose focus when he hears the defender's feet … Is a true threat to challenge the deep secondary, but in 2007, Cal quarterbacks could not get the ball to Jackson consistently … Has the body control to make adjustments to the ball in flight due to his torso flexibility and adjusts fluidly to off-target throws … Slides to catch the ball within the framework of his body and has good body control to adjust to off-target throws … Has the ability to make the hard plant, allowing the defender to slide by and then burst around his opponent to gain extra yardage after the catch … Does not back down and can drop his weight in front of a defender, but is just a marginal blocker.

Negatives: Had no injury problems until 2007, but with his small frame, he might not be able to withstand constant punishment in the many roles he plays and might be better served concentrating on receiving with limited involvement on special teams … Has very good speed, but is still a bit raw running routes and must improve his transition a bit … Is a willing blocker, but with his lack of bulk, he is risking further injury and also gets pushed back into the pocket too much when asked to block in-line (seems slow to fit and drop weight in front of the defender for better side and mirror) … Has an array of moves to get a clean release, but must keep his hands active when a press-coverage defender attacks his body … Has great confidence in his skills, but he'll be encouraged to quiet the on-field chatter at the next level, as physical defenders will make him pay … Relies on his quickness to get to the ball, but must show more aggression combating for the high throws in a crowd and hears footsteps … Could use more bulk on his frame, but not if it will impact his best asset -- explosive running ability.

Compares To: STEVE SMITH-Carolina … Some experts compare him to Santana Moss, but he is much more explosive in his drive off the ball to the break point and brings much more value on special teams. Others liken him to Devin Hester, but he is not in that class yet as a returner and, because of size issues, he has never really taken to the kickoff-return role. Jackson is a better deep threat with better hands as a receiver than Hester. He is a few inches bigger than Smith, but both have a combination of explosive burst, quick change-of-direction agility and cutting ability to threaten the deep secondary consistently.

Career Notes

Holds the school and Pac-10 Conference record with six punt returns for touchdowns, two shy of the NCAA all-time record of eight scores by Wes Welker of Texas Tech (2000-03) and Antonio Perkins of Oklahoma (2001-04), as he also topped Cal's previous mark of four scores by Bobby Sherman (1901-02) … His four punt returns for touchdowns in 2006 also established league and university records, topping one of Cal's oldest marks -- three by Bobby Sherman during the 1901 season … His four scores were one shy of the NCAA record of five set by Chad Owens of Hawaii in 2004 … His career punt-return average of 16.66 yards broke the old Cal record of 12.9 yards by Paul Keckley (1946-48) and rank second in Pac-10 history behind famed baseball legend and Hall of Famer, Jackie Robinson of UCLA 18.8-yard average on 37 punts for 694 yards and two touchdowns, 1939-40) … Gained 455 yards on punt returns in 2006, breaking the old school season-record of 447 yards by Deltha O'Neal in 1998 … His punt-return average of 18.2 yards in 2006 broke the previous Cal season-record of 15.3 yards by Paul Keckley in 1948 … His 455 yards gained on punt returns in 2006 were the most by a Pac-10 returner since Glynn Milburn of Stanford gained 573 yards in 1992 … His 95-yard punt return vs. Arizona in 2006 was the seventh-longest runback in Pac-10 history and ranks second in school annals behind Don Guest's 100-yarder vs. Washington State in 1966 … Caught 162 passes for Cal, the sixth-best career total behind Geoff McArthur (202, 2000-04), Dameane Douglas (195, 1995-98), Bobby Shaw (180, 1994-97), Brian Treggs (167, 1988-91) and Na'il Benjamin (165, 1993-96) … That total also rank 30th in Pac-10 Conference history … His 2,423 receiving yards rank 36th in the league record books and third on the school all-time list behind Geoff McArthur (3,188 yards) and Bobby Shaw (2,731) … Finished his career with 22 touchdown catches, ranking behind Sean Dawkins (31, 1990-92) and Bobby Shaw (27) on Cal's all-time record list (also tied for 22nd in league history) … Tied with Geoff McArthur (2000-04) and Bobby Shaw (1994-97) for the school record, with 11 100-yard receiving performances … His 65 receptions in 2007 tied Sean Dawkins (1992) for fourth on the school's season-record list, surpassed by Dameane Douglas (100 in 1998), Geoff McArthur (85 in 2003) and Bobby Shaw (75 in 1997) … Jackson (1,060 in 2006) joined McArthur (1,504 in 2003), Dameane Douglas (1,150 in 1998), Bobby Shaw (1,093 in 1997) and Sean Dawkins (1,070 in 1992) as the only Cal players to gain over 1,000 yards receiving in a season … His nine touchdown catches in 2006 tied Bobby Shaw (1996) for fifth on the Bears' annual record chart … Amassed 3,293 all-purpose yards, the third-best career total in school history behind Deltha O'Neal (4,998 yards, 1996-99) and Russell White (3,367 yards, 1990-92) … His 1,572 all-purpose yards in 2006 rank seventh on the school's season-record list.

2007 Season

Earned All-American first-team honors from the American Football Coaches Association, second-team accolades from The NFL Draft Report and third-team accolades from the Associated Press … Added All-Pac-10 Conference second-team honors as a receiver and punt returner … Semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver … Bothered most of the year by a badly sprained left thumb, an injury suffered in the season opener vs. Tennessee, as he was forced to wear a cast in practices and have his hand heavily wrapped during games … Still went on to catch a career-high 65 passes for 762 yards (11.7-yard average) and six touchdowns … Also suffered a deep thigh/quadriceps contusion that forced him to miss the second half vs. Washington and sit out the season finale vs. Stanford … Ranked fifth in the league with an average of 5.42 receptions per game and 13th with an average of 85.25 all-purpose yards each contest … Gained 132 yards with a touchdown on 11 carries (12.0-yard average) … Returned 12 punts for 129 yards (10.8-yard avg) and a score … Registered two solo tackles and amassed 1,023 all-purpose yards while starting 11 of 12 contests at flanker (came off the bench vs. Oregon).

2007 Game Analysis

Tennessee … Opened the season with four catches for 45 yards and 21 yards on a reverse … Returned an early second quarter 77 yards for a touchdown, but also suffered a left thumb sprain diving for a pass and the injury would hamper him the rest of the year … Earned Pac-10 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his effort … "When he hits a crease, you've just got to hold your breath because he's got such great speed," head coach Jeff Tedford said about Jackson's punt return. "It gets you kind of fired up when he hits a crease, and you look down there to see how many guys are left. If there's only one, it's probably going the distance." … Asked about Jackson's injury, the Cal coach said, "It's a sprained thumb, but I know it's painful. We have to be smart with him. We're probably going to have to back him off and not let him touch a ball all week, because we've got to let that thumb calm down a little bit." … Head to Head Competition-CB#37-Antonio Gaines (5:09-180)-Six tackles (3 solos).

Colorado State … Playing with his left hand in a soft cast, Jackson fumbled a third quarter reception, but Cal recovered the miscue, as he managed just 39 yards on five catches … Also gained 78 yards on two carries, including a 73-yard touchdown, when he circled left, deked cornerback Joey Rucks at midfield and raced all alone down the Rams' sideline for Cal's first score … Also had 24 yards on two punt returns … Talking about his touchdown run, Jackson said, "It was a great feeling having your blockers block for you and you can see the whole field. I had to make two dudes miss and from there I do what I do best, just take it to the end zone." … Head coach Jeff Tedford replied, "We got him a reverse and some passes, and he dropped some passes. It wasn't the best game I've seen him play."

Head to Head Competition-CB#29-Joey Rucks (5:10-190)-Five tackles (3 solos), one pass deflection.

Louisiana Tech … Jackson's bad thumb resulted in a fumble on a late first quarter punt return, but Cal recovered the ball, as the flanker went on to catch five passes for 28 yards, lose 6 yards on three punt returns and rush once for 6 yards … Head to Head Competition-CB#18-Shalama Walker (6:00-178)-Seven tackles (6 solos), one pass deflection.

Arizona … Jackson managed just three receptions for 39 yards and was held to a 1-yard loss on a punt return … Despite seeing his secondary handle Jackson, Arizona head coach Mike Stopps said, "He's as quick as Reggie (Bush); it's that kind of explosiveness. He's very dynamic like that. He's probably the fastest, most explosive player in the conference."

Head to Head Competition-CB#3-Wilrey Fontenot (5:09-174)-Seven tackles (4 solos).

Oregon … Having removed his soft cast, Jackson exploded for a season-high 161 yards and a pair of touchdowns on a career-high eleven catches, as he had a 1-yard punt return, but was tackled for a 4-yard loss on a reverse … He caught a 25-yard scoring toss from Nate Longshore late in the third quarter and the duo hooked up again on a 31-yard touch-down in the fourth quarter … "DeSean Jackson has great speed and he's catching the ball well this year. DeSean Jackson is making plays," said Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti …

In addition to earning Pac-10 Player of the Week honors, he was named national Offensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Foundation … Head to Head Competition-CB#32-Jairus Byrd (5:11-208)-Eight tackles (5 solos), one stop for a 4-yard loss, one QB pressure.

Oregon State … The Cal flanker had his worst day as a collegian, as he was held to 5 yards on four catches, adding 8 yards on a reverse and 12 yards on a punt return … After the game, coach Jeff Tedford stated, "For us to be successful, we need to try to get the ball in his hands a little bit more. It's not that we haven't been trying. It's just that sometimes they take it away and you can't be foolish and try to force things just to prove a point." … Head to Head Competition-CB#21-Tim Clark (6:00-176)-Four tackles (2 solos), two pass deflections.

UCLA … Jackson bounced back with nine receptions for 136 yards and a pair of touch-downs, but lost 3 yards on two carries … He made a one-handed grab for a 39-yard score in the second quarter and capped a 10-play, 67-yard third quarter series with a 2-yard catch in the end zone … Head to Head Competition-CB#23-Trey Brown (5:09-185)-Six tackles (5 solos).

Arizona State … The Cal receiver totaled 88 yards on five catches with a score, ran for a 5-yard gain and was tackled for a 1-yard loss on a punt return … He beat cornerback Justin Tryon on a 21-yard second quarter touchdown grab that ended an 11-play, 89-yard drive …

Head to Head Competition-CB#4-Justin Tryon (5:10-180)-Seven tackles (6 solos), two pass deflections, a 9-yard interception return.

Washington State … Jackson grabbed five passes, good for 45 yards and returned a pair of reverses for 21 yards … Even though his defense held Jackson in check all day, former WSU head coach Bill Doba commented, "You could see what kind of open field runner he (Jackson) was when we missed one tackle and he got a little daylight to run across the field on that short hitch pass. He's electric." … Head to Head Competition-CB#32-Devin Giles (5:11-170-Four tackles (3 solos), 0.5 stop for a 3-yard loss.

Southern California … The Cal flanker was held to no gain on a punt return and 64 yards on five catches … Having been a finalist for Jackson's services coming out of high school, USC head coach Pete Carroll responded to a question about Jackson during practices before the game, stating, "He's a good route-runner down the field, he can catch and run off the short, quick stuff and he's blossomed as a punt returner as well." … Head to Head Competition-CB#7-Cary Harris (6:00-180)-Two tackles (one solo).

Washington … A deep thigh/quadriceps contusion forced Jackson to miss the second half, finishing with 31 yards on four catches and a 23-yard punt return … Head to Head Competition-CB#11-Matt Mosley (5:11-190)-Seven tackles (5 solos), 0.5 stop for a 1-yard loss.

Stanford … Sat out the season finale with a thigh/quadriceps contusion.

Air Force (Armed Forces Bowl) … Closed out his career with 81 yards and a touchdown on five receptions, as he hooked up with Kevin Riley on a 40-yard scoring bomb in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-CB#2-Carson Bird (5:11-190)-Four tackles (2 solos).

2006 Season

All-American first-team choice as a punt returner by The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press, Walter Camp Foundation, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and Rivals.com … Captured the inaugural Randy Moss Award as the top return man in the nation, leading the NCAA ranks with an 18.2-yard average and school and league records with four touchdowns on 25 punt returns for a school-record 455 yards … Added first-team All-Pac 10 Conference honors as a receiver and punt returner … Started all 13 games at flanker, hauling in 59 passes for a career-high 1,060 yards (18.0-yard average) and nine touchdowns … Recorded a solo tackle vs. Tennessee and added 38 yards on a pair of kickoff returns … Finished with 1,572 all-purpose yards, ranking fifth in the Pac-10 with an average of 120.92 yards per game … Gained over 100 yards receiving in four contests … Registered 28 plays of 20 or more yards … Scored at least once in each of the team's first six games.

2006 Game Analysis

Tennessee … Opened the season with a solo tackle, three punt returns for 16 yards and four catches for 87 yards, capping a 77-yard fourth quarter series with a 40-yard grab of a Joseph Ayoob pass.

Minnesota … Gained 114 yards with a career-high three touchdowns on seven receptions and had three punt returns for 15 yards … Scored on a 2-yard lob from Nate Longshore at the start of the second quarter, followed by an 11-yard grab with 4:34 left in the first half … Ended the day with a 48-yard touchdown snatch, weaving past three defenders into the end zone to end an 8-play, 96-yard series with 7:17 to play.

Portland State … Caught five passes for 103 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown from Nate Longshore to finish a 72-yard, 4-play fourth quarter drive … Also returned three punts for 22 yards.

Arizona State … Snared four passes for 67 yards and an 8-yard second quarter score, but he also totaled 83 yards on two punt returns, including an electrifying 80-yard touch-down runback early in the second frame.

Oregon State … The flanker grabbed seven passes for 74 yards and a 27-yard touchdown in the first quarter that concluded a 9-play, 88-yard drive … Also had a 16-yard punt return.

Oregon … Totaled 77 yards on just two catches, with one good for a 36-yard touchdown late in the first quarter … Returned three punts for 85 yards and a 65-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Washington State … Had his touchdown string snapped at six games, as he managed to catch four passes for 60 yards.

Washington … Held in check to the tune of 3 yards on a punt return and 40 yards on three catches.

UCLA … Made three grabs for 58 yards, scoring on a 72-yard punt return late in the third quarter.

Arizona … Jackson had six receptions for 131 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter … Returned three punts for 128 yards and a 95-yard touchdown (second-longest in school history), adding a 26-yard kickoff return to finish the day with 285 all-purpose yards.

Southern California … Gained 41 yards on two catches, 9 yards on a reverse and 12 yards on a punt return.

Stanford … Caught seven passes for 127 yards.

Texas A&M (Holiday Bowl) … Closed out the year with five receptions for 81 yards in a

45-10 victory.

2005 Season

Started 10 of 11 games at flanker as a true freshman, coming off the bench vs. UCLA, and sat out the Washington State clash with a shoulder sprain … Finished with 38 catches for 601 yards (15.8-yard average) and seven touchdowns … Gained 48 yards on eight reverses (6.0 avg) and returned one punt for a 49-yard score … Also attempted a pass vs. Illinois … Had two solo tackles on special teams, including one each vs. Sacramento State and Arizona and caused a fumble vs. Sacramento State.

2005 Game Analysis

Scored the first two times he touched the ball during his debut, returning a punt 49 yards and had a 31-yard TD catch in the first quarter, coming up with a solo tackle, a forced fumble and two catches for 37 yards vs. Sacramento State … Hauled in nine passes for 130 yards and a 41-yard score, adding 15 yards on a reverse vs. New Mexico State … Had a season-high 10 receptions for 128 yards and a 35-yard touchdown, coming up with 18 yards on five carries in the UCLA clash … Followed with five catches for 79 yards and a six-yard score vs. Oregon State … Grabbed two passes for 65 yards, including a 56-yard score on a toss from converted tailback Steve Levy vs. Stanford … Had six receptions for 130 yards, with touchdowns of 22 and 42 yards vs. Brigham Young in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Injury Report

2005: Did not play vs. Washington State (10/22) with a shoulder sprain.

2007: Suffered a badly sprained left thumb in the season opener vs. Tennessee (9/01) and the injury would hamper him throughout the season, as he was forced to wear a cast in practices and be heavily bandaged for several games … Missed the second half of the Washington game (11/17) and sat out the season finale vs. Stanford (12/01) with a thigh/quadriceps contusion.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.29 in the 40-yard dash … 250-pound bench press … 395-pound squat … 35-inch vertical jump … 31 1/8-inch arm length … 8 5/8-inch hands.

High School

Attended Long Beach (Cal.) Polytechnic High School, where he was considered one the premier wide receivers in the nation … Parade Magazine All-American and named the 2004 Glenn Davis Award winner by the Los Angeles Times as Southern California's Player of the Year … Two-time member of the famed Long Beach Press-Telegram "Best in the West" first team … ESPN.com's Tom Lemming rated Jackson as the fourth-best wide receiver in the country, Prep Star selected him an All-American and a member of its Dream Team Top 100 players, and Calhisports.com voted him the 2004 Mr. Football State Player of the Year … Super Prep ranked him 21st in its Elite 50 players in the nation and the fourth-best player in the state of California … Rivals.com rated him the third-best player in the Golden State area … Most Valuable Player of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, as he had seven receptions for 141 yards and passed for a 45-yard touchdown in leading the West squad to a 35-3 victory in a game that featured 80 of the nation's top players … Also sparkled in the Cali-Florida Bowl game, posting five catches for 145 yards and one score … At Long Beach Poly, Jackson flagged down 60 passes for 1,075 yards for the CIF Southern Section championship team … Scored 15 touchdowns, eight covering at least 60 yards, including two punt returns … In the CIF title game, he was a last-minute replacement on defense and responded with two interceptions, one which he returned 68 yards for a touchdown to help fuel Long Beach Poly's 21-6 victory over Los Alamitos High … As a junior, he hunted down 43 passes for 821 yards and 11 touchdowns in earning first- team All-State accolades … Was considered the third-best all-around athlete in the Major League Baseball draft prospect pool in 2005 by Baseball America. Teams knew it would take a huge signing bonus to keep Jackson away from football, so they passed … Hit .380 and stole 20 bases his senior year.

Personal

Social Welfare major … Brother Bryon, was a receiver at San Jose State (1990-91) who spent two seasons (1992-93) on the Kansas City Chiefs' developmental squad … Son of Gayle and Bill Jackson … Born 12/01/86 … Resides in Los Angeles, California.

 
 

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