Deonte Jackson's Cal Poly Press Conference

Idaho redshirt freshman DEONTE JACKSON carried the ball 30 times Saturday afternoon against Cal Poly, and set a University of Idaho freshman record with 214 yards rushing on the afternoon. His stellar effort, which included a fourth quarter touchdown run, helped propel Idaho to the 20-13 victory in the Dome.

PLAYER PROFILE: Deonte Jackson, RB, RS-Freshman

Freshman phenom Deonte Jackson is off to a stellar start to this 2007 season. Through the first two games (against USC and Cal Poly) he has rushed for 313 yards for an average of 156.5 yards per game (including 99 yards against USC). He is averaging 6.0 yards per carry with a long of 32 yards, and scored his first collegiate touchdown this weekend against Cal Poly.


About having thirty carries on the afternoon: "I didn't know there were that many, but it felt like it."


About how he felt with so many carries: "I felt great, really. As a running back you dream of having that many carries in one game. You want to be fed, and I was hungry the whole game; so every time they gave it to me I acted like it was my first run. I just ran as hard as I could and kept my feet going, kept my pads behind me and was just aiming for that endzone every time. Never gave up."


About what he saw on the touchdown run: "Just from watching film I knew they weren't great tacklers. And as I said, I knew if I kept my feet moving I'd have a chance. They hadn't seen the spin move all day, so I finally got my chance and when I took it, it was there and just drove it in for the six."


About the last drive, did the offense as a group say, ‘Okay he's going to run it every time?': "I guess that's what the big guy at the top of the box said. I was looking for a kneel somewhere, but, hey, they kept giving it to me. As I said, I'm happy. I'm not going to stop until that clock stops. I was ready to go."


About the performance of the offense line on a day he averaged over seven yards per carry: "Oh, man. My big guys, they pushed it up front all day long. We had a couple of slip throughs, but this was a tricky defense and to have just a week to prepare I think my big guys did great. As I said, that's 200 yards to them. That's not my 200 yards, because without them I can't get one step past the line. I think they did a great job of pulling. Big Mike Iupati on the outside zone, the inside zone, that was clean. They did a great job. I'm very proud of them."


About the touchdown run, where he ran through a tackle for the score when seemingly wrapped up: "Man, I felt it. Inside the zone I saw the cutback. Cut all the way back, only one guy to beat. This is my battle; so he hit me and I already knew I was going to spin; so once I started spinning, first thing I was like 'I'm going down. I'm going down.' Then I was like, 'Oh, I'm not down. I'm not down.' I just drove it on. Ah, I was excited! Man, I didn't know what to do with myself…just turned around and looked at my big guys. I knew they were coming."


About the offense getting a little "quiet" in the second quarter following a fast start in the first quarter: "I wouldn't say frustrating. I would say our offensive line might have gotten [frustrated] for a second. But again they just got back in the huddle, told them this is still our game, man. We've prepared for this and we'll handle this. This is our house and we're not going to lose here."



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