Jackson Earning Playing Time

A handful of true freshmen are seeing the field for Michigan, and one of the most unexpected may be wide receiver Jeremy Jackson, who has worked his way into the rotation.

Michigan brought over several wide receivers in this year's recruiting class, and it is actually the one with the least press clippings and expectations coming in that has seen the field first.

Jeremy Jackson has impressed throughout the practices with his hard work and willingness to block. Neither attribute should be surprising considering he is the son of running backs coach Fred Jackson.

On Saturday, against UConn, Jackson was the only true freshman receiver to see the field, and while he did not catch any passes, to finally get onto Michigan Stadium was great for the youngster.

"It felt real good," he admitted. "I'm a true freshman, it's not a big role, but I wanted to get out there and have some fun."

Jackson says he has adopted a very simple mantra: "Get your job done and work hard every play."

That has been noticed as his willingness to block, the time spent learning the playbook and all around positive attitude has earned him the playing time.

Also aiding in this, is the strength and speed he has added since arriving on campus as an early enrollee. Jackson also cleared up a couple of high school injuries, namely a back injury, which has also helped him get faster.

"Working out with Coach Barwis over the summer and spring really improved my strength and speed."

Already a great locker room presence, Jackson is upbeat about where the 2010 Wolverines are headed.

"It couldn't be better," he said of the team mood. "We're all excited about Notre Dame."


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