Jackson's end-around play was in the game plan for Washington State. When he lined up at receiver it marked the first action in a Buffaloes uniform for the former quarterback from Corona, Calif. He had two options on the play, to pass it down field, or tuck it and run. When his receiving target was covered, Jackson said, he decided to run.
"They didn't bite on it," he said.
Jackson played receiver at Santiago High School his freshman and sophomore years, before switching to quarterback, the position that Colorado recruited him for. He was fourth on the depth chart at quarterback as 2004 preseason camp closed.
But each time Jackson's name has come up over the past year, Watson has mentioned his athleticism. Athleticism does no good when it's on the bench.
The 6-2, 190-pounder said he's happy with the current situation, though he admitted that running routes with the receivers in recent days has left him winded.
"I feel real good," Jackson said about the move. "It's giving me a better opportunity to get on the field. And, hopefully, if things work out, I'll be on the field sooner than you know it."
The experiment may play into recent reports that Colorado is looking to take two quarterbacks in the 2005 recruiting class, after it was initially thought they would take just one. Patrick Devenny, a quarterback from Granite Bay, Calif., has verbally committed to Colorado.
No matter if Jackson's experiment becomes a permanent move, if he eventually goes back to quarterback, or if he becomes a "slash," a la former Buff Kordell Stewart, Jackson said he just wants to contribute.
"Wherever they need me, whatever they need me to do, I'll do it," he said. "It's not about where I'm playing, it's about the team."