April 25, 2007

Jackson seems poised for big year

Shortly after the White defense effectively shutdown and shutout the Purple offense 19-0 last Saturday, Kansas State coach Ron Prince opened his post-game interview with four words. If defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar has it his way behind the Wildcats' 3-4 defense, it could become the catch phrase for opposing coaches in the fall.

"Too much Rob Jackson," Prince began.

Early in the spring game while he was stationed in the radio booth, Prince, a former offensive coordinator, made his intentions known on the air. Following an iffy play (Purple inside linebacker Justin Roland was excruciatingly close to touching White team quarterback Carson Coffman, but the redshirt freshman wasn't ruled down on what in a live game would have been a bone-jarring hit) Prince indicated playfully that he would side with the offense on a controversial officiating call during the scrimmage.

After the 1-hour, 55-minute contest that seemed to pass with lightening speed despite few highlights, two touchdowns, and no play by either offense traveling more than 36 yards, Prince at the end had no choice but to side with a disruptive White defense that held an offense-heavy Purple team to zero yards.

And, of course, there was Jackson.

"Rob Jackson has done a really nice job," Prince continued. "He's a real force for us."

Simple words to describe a 6-foot-3, 265-pound senior defensive end that is worthy of many adjectives. Prince called Jackson "unblockable" following one Thursday night practice. The crowd of 16,732 that saw Jackson Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium likely left with plenty to say about Jackson, too.

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