On Monday, Dan McCarney preached how he is looking for leadership during Wednesday's scrimmage. One guy looking to step up to the challenge is senior cornerback DeAndre Jackson. CN caught up with DeAndre and talked to him about everything from leading this defense to his brother Devin McDowell. Check it out in this CN exclusive.
Williams: How does it feel for you to be one of the
team leaders going into your senior season?
Jackson: It feels great just watching them
mature as we go along each practice. You know it feels good that they look up to
me. It's my fourth year coming in. It's time to lead. It feels good being one of
the big leaders on defense that everybody has to watch.
Williams: Coach McCarney was
talking about how he's looking for leaders to step up on Wednesday. What can you
do to be that guy?
Jackson: I want to make everybody else
play big around me. I want to make everybody else better. When practice wasn't
going to well, I got an interception. Hopefully that would have sparked some
guys around me and make big plays like (Chris) Singleton did. That's my biggest
thing, to make the other players around me play better.
Williams: Talk about what spring
ball means to you.
Jackson: Spring ball is just a big
learning experience. You get graded everyday. Especially going into the season.
It really sets a tone going into August and two-a-days. You really have to
buckle down and hit it hard.
Williams: What are your goals for
Jackson: My main goal right now is to
Everything else will come after that. We don't want to get to ahead of
Williams: How's your brother
doing? (Devin McDowell, ISU commit)
Jackson: My brother is doing good. He
can't wait to get up here. He calls me up every other day asking me what we've
been doing. He sounds like he's ready.
Williams: Are you excited to have
him up here?
Jackson: I'm very excited to have a
family member up here. It makes me feel like I'm at home.
Williams: Do you think he can come
in and make an immediate impact?
Jackson: If he gets his mind right and
comes in mentally focused. If he puts on a little weight and takes it serious.
Usually when you're a freshman you don't take it serious, but if he takes it
serious I think he can be a big factor.
Williams: You had some killer hits
out there today. For those of us who never get to feel that, how does it feel to
really get a good lick on a guy out there?
Jackson: It feels good man.
Williams: Better than an
Jackson: I would say that an interception
is sweeter. To break on that ball and to take it the other way is a lot better
but a big hit proves that you're not scared to hit. A lot of people look at DB's
as pretty boys and call us little. It's a good thing to make a big play.