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"I want to thank Coach Callahan and
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"Finally, I want to thank the
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Coach Bill Callahan statement on Brandon Jackson:
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Jackson's decision enter the NFL Draft. I want to thank him for his
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THE SLANT - by, Steve Ryan
With the loss of Jackson, the Huskers seem to have a full stable of I-backs with the return of Marlon Lucky, Kenny Wilson and Cody Glenn. Add to that potential candidates in Quentin Castille, Roy Helu and Marcus Mendoza from the prep ranks, on the surface that would seem to be an idea situation for the big red.
The only problem stems from the obvious, that being that Jackson, while plagued late in the season with a broken hand, was the only consistently healthy back Nebraska had all year. And there is no logical assumption as to just what true freshman can do after they arrive.
The loss of Jackson means the loss of the Huskers most consistent back, the most dependable back and the one back that when given the carries, was able to put up big yards. He was easily the only bright spot against Oklahoma State as the junior amassed almost 190 yards on the ground.
One also has to take into account that of the current commits, only Castille looks to be an every down type of back. Mendoza has the cut back speed and burst, but his size doesn't lend himself to be a consistent presence during the course of a game. And there is speculation about Helu and him playing running back at all. His versatility and size make him an ideal candidate to play on the defensive side, the staff obviously looking to address issues at the safety position.
From our vantage point, Brandon Jackson projects as a day two pick in the NFL, in a rather sparse class in regard to running backs. Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson heads the list followed by Marshawn Lynch and Michael Bush. After that trio there is a bit of a drop off, and Jackson, with good individual workouts along with a solid combine, could squeak into day one of the draft, being perhaps a late second round pick. As it stands Jackson projects to late third round, but no later than the fifth round.