BIO: Two-year starter awarded multiple All-American and all-conference honors during both campaigns. Finished his junior season with 350/1,545/19 rushing, also catching 44/470/3. Sophomore totals were 319/1,690/15 on the ground and 17/165/1 as a pass-catcher. Has averaged 4.9 yards-per-carry on 743 rushing attempts the past three seasons.
POSITIVES: Big, powerful ball handler with a variety of skills and abilities. Displays excellent vision and running instincts; patient, waits for blocks to develop then follows them at the line or down the field. Will pick and choose his spots, displays good footwork in a small area and weaves his way through the traffic, finding the open spots on the field. Sets up defenders, makes them miss and displays a good burst of speed. Runs with balance, adjusts off the initial hit and effective between tackles or cutting the corner on the outside. Punishing runner that moves the pile and wastes defenders as he plows over them. Looks like a runaway locomotive in the open field and does not go down without a fight. A legitimate receiving threat who runs well after the reception. Effective blocking for the passing game.
NEGATIVES: Cannot run to daylight and lacks the great acceleration in the open field. Would not be considered an elusive or explosive back.
ANALYSIS: An all-around running back that can be a workhorse carrying the ball, Jackson has all the skills to be a top ball handler at the next level. Has proven durability as well as productivity the past two seasons and combines power, speed and football intelligence. Terrific prospect for the next level.