Each day after practice, it seems Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden sings the praises of the rising redshirt junior.
He's been so good in fact that after a practice, one of the coaches said Jackson could have the day off just so the offensive line and center could actually get some work done.
Of course, the coaches were only kidding, but it illustrates just how good he's been.
Why all of sudden is 6-foot-3, 290-pound Jackson causing so much havoc?
"It's a little bit of everything," he said. "Our offensive line is a little banged up, but that doesn't give them an excuse. They're working hard just like I do. … I might be doing a little something, but I credit that to my defense."
There is one glaring difference between what Jackson is doing this spring as opposed to past seasons. He's trying to do things the right way.
"I'm trying to work a lot more on techniques," he said. "I'm really trying to stay focused on getting my technique down with my hands and getting my feet corrected."
Maturity is also playing a key role in the sudden emergence of Jackson. He sees things a lot clearer than he used to.
"I'm reading the offensive line with how they line up," he said. "I'm looking to see if they're leaning or if they're on their heels or toes. I'm just looking for the little things to help me out."
Offensive tackle Jamal Medlin didn't practice Monday and is likely out for the spring with a bad left knee. Tight end Durrell Barry reinjured his back in practice Monday and is done for the spring. The herniated disk in his lower back is a major concern to the coaches and surgery may be the only solution. Defensive tackle Dorell Scott will likely return to practice Wednesday after sustaining a concussion last week. …
DeAndre McDaniel had another interception Monday. He's now recorded three picks since last Monday. … Both placekickers kicked well Monday and didn't miss a kick. Bowden said punter will be a major point of emphasis in recruiting. "We definitely need to sign one this year," Bowden said. …
Bowden said he fully expects to have a pecking order at quarterback following the spring game. Odds are Cullen Harper will be with the first team, with Willy Korn running with the second team. …
Bowden said he likes what his team has done this year and the progress the Tigers have made. "I don't think we're a good team right now," he said. "But we don't have to be. I hope they realize how much work needs to be done throughout the course of this semester and summer."
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