Jackson says Hoke has "Energized" Michigan

Former Michigan All-American defensive back Marlin Jackson was in Ann Arbor recently for the Griese, Hutchinson, Woodson Champion for Children's Hearts Weekend. GoBlueWolverine caught up with former first round draft choice and discussed his thoughts on Brad Hoke, Greg Mattison, the Saints bounty scandal, his current playing status and more.***Video interview included***

GoBlueWolverine: First, what are your thoughts on Michigan coach Brady Hoke and the job he has done so far?

Marlin Jackson: “He has done an exceptional job. I don’t think you can write it any other way. It has exceeded all expectations thus far beyond anybody’s wildest dreams. To come in year one with the same exact team last year and put 11 wins on the board, a big bowl victory in the Sugar Bowl… I don’t think anybody can ask more out of Brady Hoke. He really has this university and alums really energized  and excited about the future.”

GoBlueWolverine: Being a defensive player, would you love to have the chance to play for defensive coordinator Greg Mattison?

Marlin Jackson: “Yeah definitely… and with the system he is playing it is the same system as the Baltimore Ravens play. And everybody knows how much of a dominating defense they have had over the years… how aggressive they are. Yeah it definitely would have been a ton of fun. Like what you said, that is why he so good at recruiting as well. It is an easy sell when you have that defense, that personality all coming together. It is an easy sell for kids to come here.”

GoBlueWolverine: You were a high profile recruit out of Pennsylvania. What was your reasoning behind choosing the Wolverines?

Marlin Jackson: “We’ve have actually a lot guys talked about that this weekend. Why did we choose to come to the University of Michigan? A lot of us, I grew up in Pennsylvania. I was talking to other Pennsylvania guys and we really didn’t grow up truly watching Michigan. Obviously Michigan is one of the largest universities (and one of the) most known football teams in the country. But we grew up Penn State (and) Ohio State fans… a lot of us didn’t grow up watching Michigan too much. But once I stepped on this campus, it was like, ‘man, I am at home.’ Once I got around these players, the family atmosphere. It is like I am at home. I knew right away that I was going to come here.”

GoBlueWolverine: What are your thoughts on the bounty program that transpired in New Orleans?

Marlin Jackson: “To the extent that they have taken that situation… trying to hurt people and putting bounties on them and taking people out of the game… that is terrible.  You can never do that. We are all trying to make a living and feed our families and have illustrious careers. You don’t want your career to end off of something silly as a coach or player putting a bounty on your head. To take out an ACL or take out this or take out that… that’s uncalled for.  There have always  been cash rewards as part of the game. I’ve never experienced it on that level. I’ve experience if I make an interception it’s money in the pot for that. If you make a tackle inside the 20, there is pot for that. But never on hurting somebody and taking somebody out of the game. That’s uncalled for.  That’s ridiculous.”

GoBlueWolverine: You have had more than your fair share of injuries over these past few seasons. What is your current playing status?

Marlin Jackson: “I am currently a free-agent. I l have had a long stretch these past three years rehabbing.  Initially I tore my right ACL, then coming back following year tearing my left ACL, coming back six months later tearing my right Achilles.  This past year I had a sports hernia. There was something wrong with me mechanically, I figured it out and worked on it. Then all the rehab and things like that. I was able to make my body and get everything right. Through all that, my heart and love for the game never changed.  It only increased. It made want to get out there and play more."

GoBlueWolverine: Are there any teams looking at you right now? And are they looking at you to play safety?

Marlin Jackson: “I have been talking to a couple teams these past couple weeks. The same two teams and hoping that they bring me in here sometime soon for a workout. For me to get signed, obviously with the injuries, I have to work out and show people that I am healthy. It has been safety talk. People do know that I am capable of playing both, and playing nickel back as well.”


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GoBlueWolverine: First, what are your thoughts on Michigan coach Brady Hoke and the job he has done so far?

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Marlin Jackson: “He has done an exceptional job. I don’t think you can write it any other way. It has exceeded all expectations thus far beyond anybody’s wildest dreams. To come in year one with the same exact team last year and put 11 wins on the board, a big bowl victory in the Sugar Bowl… I don’t think anybody can ask more out of Brady Hoke. He really has this university and alums really energized  and excited about the future.”

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GoBlueWolverine: Being a defensive player, would you love to have the chance to play for defensive coordinator Greg Mattison?

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Marlin Jackson: “Yeah definitely… and with the system he is playing it is the same system as the Baltimore Ravens play. And everybody knows how much of a dominating defense they have had over the years… how aggressive they are. Yeah it definitely would have been a ton of fun. Like what you said, that is why he so good at recruiting as well. It is an easy sell when you have that defense, that personality all coming together. It is an easy sell for kids to come here.”

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GoBlueWolverine: You were a high profile recruit out of Pennsylvania. What was your reasoning behind choosing the Wolverines?

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Marlin Jackson: “We’ve have actually a lot guys talked about that this weekend. Why did we choose to come to the University of Michigan? A lot of us, I grew up in Pennsylvania. I was talking to other Pennsylvania guys and we really didn’t grow up truly watching Michigan. Obviously Michigan is one of the largest universities (and one of the) most known football teams in the country. But we grew up Penn State (and) Ohio State fans… a lot of us didn’t grow up watching Michigan too much. But once I stepped on this campus, it was like, ‘man, I am at home.’ Once I got around these players, the family atmosphere. It is like I am at home. I knew right away that I was going to come here.”

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GoBlueWolverine: What are your thoughts on the bounty program that transpired in New Orleans?

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Marlin Jackson: “To the extent that they have taken that situation… trying to hurt people and putting bounties on them and taking people out of the game… that is terrible.  You can never do that. We are all trying to make a living and feed our families and have illustrious careers. You don’t want your career to end off of something silly as a coach or player putting a bounty on your head. To take out an ACL or take out this or take out that… that’s uncalled for.  There have always  been cash rewards as part of the game. I’ve never experienced it on that level. I’ve experience if I make an interception it’s money in the pot for that. If you make a tackle inside the 20, there is pot for that. But never on hurting somebody and taking somebody out of the game. That’s uncalled for.  That’s ridiculous.”

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GoBlueWolverine: You have had more than your fair share of injuries over these past few seasons. What is your current playing status?

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Marlin Jackson: “I am currently a free-agent. I l have had a long stretch these past three years rehabbing.  Initially I tore my right ACL, then coming back following year tearing my left ACL, coming back six months later tearing my right Achilles.  This past year I had a sports hernia. There was something wrong with me mechanically, I figured it out and worked on it. Then all the rehab and things like that. I was able to make my body and get everything right. Through all that, my heart and love for the game never changed.  It only increased. It made want to get out there and play more."

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GoBlueWolverine: Are there any teams looking at you right now? And are they looking at you to play safety?

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Marlin Jackson: “I have been talking to a couple teams these past couple weeks. The same two teams and hoping that they bring me in here sometime soon for a workout. For me to get signed, obviously with the injuries, I have to work out and show people that I am healthy. It has been safety talk. People do know that I am capable of playing both, and playing nickel back as well.”

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GoBlueWolverine: First, what are your thoughts on Michigan coach Brady Hoke and the job he has done so far?

Marlin Jackson: “He has done an exceptional job. I don’t think you can write it any other way. It has exceeded all expectations thus far beyond anybody’s wildest dreams. To come in year one with the same exact team last year and put 11 wins on the board, a big bowl victory in the Sugar Bowl… I don’t think anybody can ask more out of Brady Hoke. He really has this university and alums really energized  and excited about the future.”

GoBlueWolverine: Being a defensive player, would you love to have the chance to play for defensive coordinator Greg Mattison?

Marlin Jackson: “Yeah definitely… and with the system he is playing it is the same system as the Baltimore Ravens play. And everybody knows how much of a dominating defense they have had over the years… how aggressive they are. Yeah it definitely would have been a ton of fun. Like what you said, that is why he so good at recruiting as well. It is an easy sell when you have that defense, that personality all coming together. It is an easy sell for kids to come here.”

GoBlueWolverine: You were a high profile recruit out of Pennsylvania. What was your reasoning behind choosing the Wolverines?

Marlin Jackson: “We’ve have actually a lot guys talked about that this weekend. Why did we choose to come to the University of Michigan? A lot of us, I grew up in Pennsylvania. I was talking to other Pennsylvania guys and we really didn’t grow up truly watching Michigan. Obviously Michigan is one of the largest universities (and one of the) most known football teams in the country. But we grew up Penn State (and) Ohio State fans… a lot of us didn’t grow up watching Michigan too much. But once I stepped on this campus, it was like, ‘man, I am at home.’ Once I got around these players, the family atmosphere. It is like I am at home. I knew right away that I was going to come here.”

GoBlueWolverine: What are your thoughts on the bounty program that transpired in New Orleans?

Marlin Jackson: “To the extent that they have taken that situation… trying to hurt people and putting bounties on them and taking people out of the game… that is terrible.  You can never do that. We are all trying to make a living and feed our families and have illustrious careers. You don’t want your career to end off of something silly as a coach or player putting a bounty on your head. To take out an ACL or take out this or take out that… that’s uncalled for.  There have always  been cash rewards as part of the game. I’ve never experienced it on that level. I’ve experience if I make an interception it’s money in the pot for that. If you make a tackle inside the 20, there is pot for that. But never on hurting somebody and taking somebody out of the game. That’s uncalled for.  That’s ridiculous.”

GoBlueWolverine: You have had more than your fair share of injuries over these past few seasons. What is your current playing status?

Marlin Jackson: “I am currently a free-agent. I l have had a long stretch these past three years rehabbing.  Initially I tore my right ACL, then coming back following year tearing my left ACL, coming back six months later tearing my right Achilles.  This past year I had a sports hernia. There was something wrong with me mechanically, I figured it out and worked on it. Then all the rehab and things like that. I was able to make my body and get everything right. Through all that, my heart and love for the game never changed.  It only increased. It made want to get out there and play more."

GoBlueWolverine: Are there any teams looking at you right now? And are they looking at you to play safety?

Marlin Jackson: “I have been talking to a couple teams these past couple weeks. The same two teams and hoping that they bring me in here sometime soon for a workout. For me to get signed, obviously with the injuries, I have to work out and show people that I am healthy. It has been safety talk. People do know that I am capable of playing both, and playing nickel back as well.”

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