Catching up with Brandal Jackson

Navasota's Brandal Jackson talks with Aggie Websider's Taylor Hamm

The 2008 Aggie football season was more than disappointing for Mike Sherman and his staff, but even a 4-8 season was still able to produce star performances at positions such as wide receiver. Ryan Tannehill and Jeff Fuller accounted for 1,474yds receiving, 14 touchdowns, and two freshman school records last year. Their contribution to the Aggie offense as freshman is exactly what Navasota‘s Brandal Jackson is trying to duplicate in his inaugural season.

"My goal is to make the impact guys like Ryan and Jeff made last year. That means I have some big shoes to fill but I feel like I am up to the challenge. I just want to win games."

Brandal Jackson's off-season workout program is rigorous and demanding because of the Aggie's strength and conditioning coach Dave Kennedy's schedule for all incoming freshman wide receivers. Jackson's schedule concentrates on his upper-body on Mondays and Thursdays and his lower-body on Tuesdays and Fridays. While it may seem that he gets a day off in the middle of the week, Jackson has his own work-out program that he and his high school coaches put together for him on top of coach Kennedy's program. Increased speed and an overall healthier lifestyle are the improvements Jackson wants to come out of his off-season workouts, stating that "I know if I want to start next year I have to work my butt off."

Brandal intended to play in a high school all-star game July 21st but after talking to his coaches last week he has decided not to participate. "I don't want to jeopardize my health right before two-a-days. I can't take the chance of getting hurt, and since I am already an Aggie I have nothing to gain from the opportunity."

Jackson is scheduled to move to Aggieland on June 15th, and he put in a request to room with his good friend and future Aggie walk-on, Gaston Lamascus. "Gaston is my best friend and I am excited to room with him." Lamascus caught 37 passes for 553 yards his senior year and Brandal believes he is talented enough to walk-on for the Aggies.

The Aggies have the opportunity to produce another duo similar to Tannehill and Fuller in 2009. Uzoma Nwachukwu (Allen Hs) could be the other wide-out to complement Jackson next year. "I've talked to EZ a few times about what we both want to accomplish next year. I know that we have the potential to put up big number between us." This is an exciting time for Jackson as he starts his journey toward a long and prosperous Aggie career. "I've wanted to be an Aggie since I was a little kid. I grew up watching guys like T-Murph. I want to be remembered as one of the best receivers A&M has ever had."

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