November 7, 2001

Hoover's Jackson is Something Special

Big time teams have big time players. Hoover (Ala.) has been ranked consistently in the RivalsHigh.com RivalsHigh25 because of great coaching, team play and their big time players, well more specifically, Chad Jackson.

Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 195 pound junior wide receiver and free safety for the No. 14 Bucs has done it all this season including stints at quarterback. Anyone who watches Hoover immediately notices Jackson's impact on the field. In last week's 35-2 win over Butler, Jackson caught four passes for 144 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown reception to get the Bucs on the board.

With everyone's eyes on him, Chad is insistent upon taking the focus off himself and putting it back on his team and fellow teammates.

"(QB) Blake Davidson has held the offense together when we needed it. Our defense does well because we work hard every day and play as a team."

"It started in the off-season lifting weights. We worked hard as a team every day and we're not going to stop now."

Jackson is a perfect example of the players that come out of Hoover under head coach Rush Propst's system. Propst, who recorded his 99th victory in last week's victory, coaches well disciplined, hardworking teams and this year's squad is no different.

"Coach is real serious about practice, no joking around and he wants hard work. He knows we have to continue to work hard or someone's going to beat us."

Hoover begins defense of their AHSAA 6A state title in a first round playoff game against Grissom (6-4) and Jackson is focused on accomplishing his team's goals.

"Right now, I want to beat Grissom ... and (we) want to win state again."

If there was one team he'd like to face in the playoffs, it would be Huffman (10-0 ).

"Last year everyone was saying Huffman could beat Hoover, and everyone wants to see that game."

That may just happen. If the two teams continue to win, they would face each other in the state semifinals.

When asked about his future, Jackson didn't have much to say.

"I haven't thought much about college. Right now, I'm taking care of classes and preparing to take the ACT in January or February."

"In the off-season, I'll work on my abilities and get better ... I'll work on my routes and the little things."

Though the chase for Jackson's services has hardly begun, the Seminoles go into the battle with a slight edge over other schools.

"I'd like to play down in Florida ... I've grown up a Florida State fan all my life."

Expect to hear plenty more on Chad Jackson in the near future.




 

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