As a sophomore DeAndre Jackson had a break-out year for the Cyclones racking up 50 tackles, a team-high 10 pass breakups and an interception.
Now as a junior
With camp winding down
"Things are going real great on both sides of the ball," he said. "We're trying to work hard everyday trying to get better. We have our bad days but we just have to out number them with good days."
The cornerback said going against wideouts such as Todd Blythe in practice is a great way to prepare for the upcoming season.
"It doesn't get old going against
Blythe as a receiver,"
The 6-foot, 190 pound
"Personally I think I need to
improve on finishing a play off on tall receivers like Blythe - who can go up
and get the ball,"
"The newcomers are coming along real good," he said. "There's still a lot of learning they have to do. But as far as confidence and working hard they're doing real good and catching on with the plays real well."
Even with the loss of team leader
"I think we're ahead of schedule by far," he said. "The intensity, the passion, everybody wants to win and we're pushing each other hard every day."