Jackson Focused on Bama Talent

Florida wide receiver and Hoover native Chad Jackson is coming home Saturday, and he's anxious to see how he's treated in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Jackson, who is averaging 100 receiving yards a game through four games this year, has rounded up about 20-30 tickets for his family, friends and supporters in Alabama. He said he was excited to "see how the fans react when I come home" but he downplayed thoughts of over personalizing the game.

"It's not a big game for me personally," he said. "It's another game on the schedule. I'm just excited to come back home and see how the fans react to me. They were kind of mad when I left."

Of course, Tide Head Coach Mike Shula was nowhere involved with the Alabama football program when Jackson was being recruited (the same year as Matt Caddell and Tyrone Prothro signed with the Tide). Jackson said Alabama would have been his choice if not the Gators, and that he actually pondered transferring to Alabama after his freshman year, but didn't follow up on the idea and decided to stay at Florida.

"I considered them a little bit. It came down to my last choice and I would have picked Alabama, but I wanted to go out of state and do something new," Jackson said. "Growing up as a kid I wasn't into the Alabama-Auburn thing that much, but if I did have to choose one it would be Alabama because of the tradition they had."

Jackson said he and his mother got a lot of questioning when he decided to leave the state, and he wasn't sure how he would be received on Saturday.

"I don't think I've ever been booed before," he said when asked. "I don't know how I will react to it. I won't take it personally, I know where they're coming from and I'll go out there and play my game."

Jackson said he also received support from a lot of Alabama fans after his decision to go elsewhere. Jackson's more worried about the Alabama defensive backs than the Alabama fans' reaction to him.

"They're real good. I think they will be the best DBs that we've play against so far," Jackson said.


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