Sophomore athlete Adoree Jackson split his time between offense and defense during USC spring football practices. Over the break Jackson took a "break" by competing in track and field on a national level. He leaped 25 feet, 11 inches to finish fifth in the long jump at the NCAA track and field championships.
Throughout the first 11 fall camp practices Jackson stayed exclusively at cornerback, but on Wednesday Steve Sarkisian moved Jackson to offense and changed the entire dynamic at practice.
“It felt like every time he touched the ball, he might have scored,” Sarkisian said, “and that’s what it should feel like."
Jackson was extremely happy to get the ball in his hands, scoring five touchdowns during the single practice including an 80-yard bomb from quarterback Cody Kessler.
“When I got out there, I just felt like, at home, “ Jackson said. “It just felt good, and it felt fun to be out there.”
Kessler was happy to have a new weapon at his disposal, albeit an unpredictable one.
"Not that he makes it up as he goes, but he always seems to make things happen," Kessler said. "You think you have him, you think he's down or you think he's out of play. And then, there he is."
Jackson played sparingly on offense last season with 10 catches and three touchdowns. You can expect his offensive touches to go up significantly this fall.
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