Jackson adds home run threat for ASU

One question that seems to be on the back burner is, what about the running game? Redshirt freshman Frankie Jackson has turned some heads at fall camp, and looks forward to a good year not just for himself, but for all the Red Wolf running backs. Go "Inside" to see what Jackson has to say about the upcoming season.

The passing game has dominated much of the conversation about Arkansas State's offense this year; how's Aplin's accuracy? Who's the new guy up for the No. 3 QB position? How do returning receivers like Frampton, Stockemer and Muse look?

One question that seems to be on the back burner is, what about the running game?

Redshirt freshman Frankie Jackson has turned some heads at fall camp, and looks forward to a good year not just for himself, but for all the Red Wolf running backs.

"We're so hyped up about playing this year, so I mean everything's been going really good," Jackson said. "My personal performance to me has been acceptable, it could always get better. I feel like all the running backs make each other better in everything we do."

Jackson was a 2010 signee out of Baton Rouge, La. ranked by ESPN.com as the No. 3 running back in the state of Louisiana after rushing for more than 2,500 yards in his senior year. He also won the Warrick Dunn award, given to the top player in Baton Rouge.

Coach Hugh Freeze said Jackson had a tough year as a redshirt, but he's gotten past it and they're excited about what Frankie brings to this Red Wolf offense.

"Frankie has gone through a lot this past year. We had our ups and downs with him probably wondering at times if he was going to make it," Freeze said. "No question about his talent and capablities, he is a freshman I think he knows that we love him, glad he made it and we expect  big things from Frankie this season."

Jackson said he's pleased with the way fall camp has gone offensively so far, and that he sees everyone working together better than before.

"The offense is really looking good," Jackson said. "Everybody is really sticking together and being more of a family, and when you work as a family everything works better and everybody gets going on the same page."

Jackson had good things to say about the progress of the young offensive line as well.

"I feel like I'm finding holes and everything, I mean the offensive line is young but they're still working hard. The way they play, you'd think they were older guys than they are."

Jackson said he's excited to be back and ready to help impact the Red Wolf offense, and that he expects the running game to be impacted by multiple players.

"I feel like me just coming out and doing what I do best, running the ball, good things are gonna happen," Jackson said. "I don't really have any specific personal goals. I just wish that we come out and as a whole have a dominant running game — me, Lawson, Sir Gregory — everybody."

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