Hard to believe, but there are under 30 days until the Broncos storm the Capital to take on the Hokies. As you may remember, last summer I embarked on the Herculean task of counting down a different roster spot for each remaining day until kickoff. So far this year, we're batting a thousand, so drop me notes of encouragement now and again so I can find the strength to get through the next couple months without breaking the streak.
We've got 29 days until kickoff...so today we'll be highlighting #29 on the Boise State roster—Tyler Jackson
#29, Tyler Jackson, Sophomore, WR
Weight: 203 lbs.
High School: Douglas County High School, Castle Rock, CO
How'd he get to The Blue™?
Jackson won three football letters at Castle Rock, Colorado's Douglas County High where he excelled at the safety position. As a senior, Jackson earned first-team all-state, first team All-Colorado (all divisions), and first-team All-Continental League honors after posting 70 tackles, 9 interceptions and 10 PBUs, and also blocking 4 punts and 6 field goals. As a junior, Jackson received honorable mention all-state and was named first-team All-Continental League after making 60 tackles, 6 interceptions and breaking up 22 passes. Showing his versatility as an athlete, Jackson also lettered in track and field, basketball, and lacrosse. Named a 3-star recruit and the 54th rated player at the safety position by Scout.com, Jackson received offers from Colorado State, Air Force, Kansas, Washington State, and Wyoming.
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With the blessing of Carl Weathers, of course.
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Derek Jeter? I got nothin'
Won Denver Post Gold Helmet award, presented annually to Colorado's top senior football player, scholar and citizen.
Won Dark Helmet award, presented annually to the player that's seen Spaceballs the most times.
Jackson was recruited by Boise State to play free safety, and that's exactly where he'd been up until Spring Camp this year—now Jackson will be trying to crack the wide receiver depth chart, in a year where that's much easier said than done. With stalwarts Austin Pettis and Titus Young holding fast to the top spots, and promising newbs Geraldo Hiwat, Aaron Burks, and Matt Miller all looking poised to jump into the mix, wide receiver depth in 2010 is of less concern than New Mexico State's passing game. Even at the "H" receiver position, where I think Jackson will probably fit best, Kirby Moore and Tyler Shoemaker will be difficult to overtake.
So where does Tyler Jackson fit in the receiver rotation? I have no idea. Guys are asked to switch positions all the time, and often it works out well (Legedu Naanee, Gerald Alexander, Lee Marks, Will Lawrence...), but I confess that Jackson's switch is perplexing to me for a number of reasons. First, I don't know that Jackson has really ever played the position so the deck is slightly stacked for the guys recruited to do so. Secondly, the wide receiving corps is much deeper than the safety position, so I'm not sure why the move was made on those grounds. Sure, George Iloka has a firm grip on the starting job...does Cedric Febis have the same such grip on the two spot? I guess on this one, we'll have to take a break from conventional wisdom and just trust the coaches' judgement. Jackson is a great player and great athlete who should be more than capable of making the transition—even with a learning curve—and I hope that he'll see some good minutes this season, even if it's only to spell the "ones". Jackson looked good at the position, at times, during Spring Camp, and if he continues to progress, he may shock everyone and make a real push for playing time this season. We'll find out in 29 days.
Completely made up fact
John Denver was Tyler's godfather.