DeAndre Jackson's time has come

After playing two seasons along side Ellis Hobbs, DeAndre Jackson is now Iowa State's shut down corner.

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 Jackson is one of the veterans of the ISU secondary and one of the reasons the future is bright if you're a Cyclone fan.


With camp winding down Jackson said practices have been going well throughout the majority of the preseason.


"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," Jackson said. "We got a little competition going – who makes more plays on both sides of the ball. It's really exciting going against our guys."


The 6-foot, 190 pound Jackson said going against 6-foot-5 Blythe has also helped him discover one area he needs to develop.


"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," Jackson said. "Just use a better technique to try and get the ball on those jump balls."


Once you get past Nik Moser, LaMarcus Hicks, Steve Paris and Jackson the secondary is young and inexperienced, but Jackson said Cyclone fans shouldn't be worried.


"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 Ellis Hobbs, Jackson said the secondary is at a better place than it was a season ago.


"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."

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