Jackson Eligible for 2003

Steven Jackson, a defensive tackle at East Tennessee State in 2002, has been declared eligible to play football at Clemson this season. His eligibilty was confirmed yesterday under a new NCAA rule.

The 6-1, 255-pound transfer orginally out of Spring Valley High School in Columbia recorded 39 tackles, one sack, and three fumbles playing mostly as a defensive tackle for the Buccaneers last season.

He is expected to compete for playing time as a fullback this year, along with Chad Jasmin, Cliff Harrell, Tyrone Lee, and David Dunham. Jackson became eligible this year because ETSU announced this past May that the school would eliminate the football program after the 2003 season.

The former Columbia native who played at Spring Valley High School, recorded 163 tackles, 18 sacks, and recovered seven fumbles as a senior in 2001. He also played fullback and rushed for 490 yards and nine touchdowns and was a participant in the North/South All-Star game.

"He's a strong kid," offensive coordinator Brad Scott said at the ACC Media Kickoff held in Greensboro, Georgia earlier this week. "He'll start out probably fourth on the depth chart, but I could see him playing some this year."

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