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Ivan Maisel
November 05, 2001
YA GOTTA LOVE THIS GUYFour days before Hawaii's home game last Friday against Fresno State, Warriors senior free safety Nate Jackson crashed on his motorcycle while trying to avoid a car that he says suddenly stopped in front of him. Jackson, who has a 75-minute ride between his home on Oahu's leeward coast and the campus in Honolulu, suffered a deep gash in his right leg that required two layers of stitches. Two days later, Jackson, a former walk-on, appeared at practice on crutches. He also didn't participate in the next morning's workout. Against the 18th-ranked Bulldogs the following afternoon, Jackson sat out the first quarter but then played 35 to 40 plays, making two tackles, recovering one fumble and forcing another that led to the winning touchdown in Hawaii's 38-34 upset.
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November 05, 2001

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YA GOTTA LOVE THIS GUY
Four days before Hawaii's home game last Friday against Fresno State, Warriors senior free safety Nate Jackson crashed on his motorcycle while trying to avoid a car that he says suddenly stopped in front of him. Jackson, who has a 75-minute ride between his home on Oahu's leeward coast and the campus in Honolulu, suffered a deep gash in his right leg that required two layers of stitches. Two days later, Jackson, a former walk-on, appeared at practice on crutches. He also didn't participate in the next morning's workout. Against the 18th-ranked Bulldogs the following afternoon, Jackson sat out the first quarter but then played 35 to 40 plays, making two tackles, recovering one fumble and forcing another that led to the winning touchdown in Hawaii's 38-34 upset.

DRAFT BAROMETER

An NFL scout assesses Florida's 6'4", 265-pound senior defensive end Alex Brown, who has 36 tackles this season, 6� of them sacks.

"He's a more dedicated, disciplined worker in practice and in games than in past years. He took some plays off as a sophomore and junior but not now. He uses leverage and strength well for a slightly undersized end. He has an excellent first step. His ideal pro position would be outside linebacker in the 3-4. He stays alive when the quarterback breaks out of the pocket, so he will get some coverage sacks for you. When he has to rush inside, he's disruptive in the gaps. You may struggle to find the right position for him, but he'll be a good first-round pick for a team that plays four linebackers."

BULLETIN BOARD

"It's time now that we act like we know how to win, and that it's not a surprise, and that we handle it with dignity."

Before last Saturday's game against Florida State, coach Ralph Friedgen pleaded that Maryland students not wreak havoc on campus should the Terrapins win. He needn't have worried. The Seminoles posted his comments on their bulletin board and then destroyed Maryland's run at an undefeated season with a 52-31 victory.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

Michigan State kick returner Herb Hay good vs. Michigan's kickoff coverage

Haygood, a 6-foot, 190-pound senior, leads the nation with a 33.2-yard return average and has taken two kicks back for touchdowns this season, tying a Spartans record. Thus Haygood, the third-fastest Spartan (4.40 in a preseason 40), is starting to see fewer and fewer returnable kicks because opponents are choosing to kick away from him. He probably will not get many opportunities to bust loose on Saturday, either. The Wolverines' coverage unit ranks fourth in the Big Ten, permitting 17.4 yards per return, and no opponent has returned a kickoff for a touchdown in Lloyd Carr's seven seasons as Michigan coach.

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