August 30, 2006

Ready to shine

Junior college transfer Rob Jackson made it his goal to earn a starting spot at defensive end by the start of the 2006 season. According to Jackson, it took him just one week of fall camp to ascend to a spot on the No. 1 defensive unit. How long it takes him to register his first sack at the Division I level is yet to be determined, but don't be against it happening against Illinois State quarterback Luke Drone on Saturday.

As proven by his ability to claim a starting role almost upon arriving on campus, it doesn't take Jackson to get things done, and the 6-foot-3, 265-pound junior knows exactly what he wants to accomplish for the Wildcat defense.

"Being a defensive end, it's our objective to sack the quarterback and take up spots for the linebacker to make the tackle," Jackson said. "Every time a quarterback drops back to pass, I'm foaming at the mouth to try my hardest to get to him. I see it as my job.

"If I don't get that sack, and he completes a pass, I feel it was my responsibility, not the defensive back's."

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