Jackson Focused On Raising His Level Of Play

Missouri senior wide receiver talks to us about how he is preparing for his final season as a Missouri Tiger and what he hopes to have happen for the coming 2011 football year.

One of Missouri's returning starters at WR is senior Jerrell Jackson 6'1" 195, who is intent on raising the level of his play this season. During the early part of fall camp, Jackson has been more consistent catching the football. After a recent practice, he spoke with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he talked about heading into his senior season.

"Just out here working hard," began Jackson. "Trying to out do all of my previous years. Going into my senior year, and trying to do things I never did before. Have a good season. I'm just trying to take my game up another notch, just being physical, being intense out there, and just making plays. Just put my emotions into the game."

The off-season work that Jackson has put in has paid off in his being bigger this season. He's stronger, and it looks like it may be helping him on the field. I asked Jackson about his most recent 40 time.

"I didn't run one this year," explained Jackson, who says that he's fully healthy for the first time since fall camp a year ago. "My sophomore year, I ran a 4.44. That's slow. You'll see better than that next spring. Oh yeah. They're going to see."

Jackson said that playing through injuries "held him back" a year ago. And, he echoed T.J. Moe's statement that James Franklin will spread the ball around more than his predecessor.

"James, he spreads the ball a lot," said Jackson, who went on to explain that he expects to see more deep balls completed this year, as well. "It'll be fun!"

An improved Jerrell Jackson would bode well for the Missouri Tigers.

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