With seemingly every athlete on Twitter, Jackson sent out a tweet Sunday night saying that "as much as I want to see the field this year, (I) decided to not waste a year on special teams (and am) going to redshirt." As a result, Jackson's tweet spread throughout Wisconsin message boards.
That's not a problem, according to head coach Bret Bielema, who leaves the final decision whether a true freshman wants to play or not up to them. The only bit of controversy was that Bielema said a day earlier that Jackson could play an important part in all four phases of Wisconsin's special teams units. Oops.
"He came up to me and said, ‘Coach, I didn't mean to (cause a problem)," said Bielema with a laugh.
Jackson eventually deleted the tweet and laughed about it two days later. Consider his deleted tweet the beginning of his epiphany. Jackson was a kickoff and punt returner at Kenosha Bradford High school, but would be used in a different role for the 2012 season.
"I would play special teams if they wanted me to," said Jackson. "I'd be fine getting a few snaps at the end of the game to get the game speed down, but I'll do whatever. I feel I am game ready."
Although Jackson is current Wisconsin's fifth running back, the true freshman says he's learned the entire playbook, making him a valuable commodity to Wisconsin.
Bielema always leaves the final decision up to the player, citing that he doesn't want a disgruntled freshman playing if that player would prefer to save his year of eligibility. If Jackson says yes, however, Bielema knows exactly what Wisconsin is getting.
"I think he's a good athlete … (and) has the ability to do a lot of different things," said Bielema of Jackson. "He's got one of those bodies where he can run really fast, play with good balance and a pretty smart kid. Those kinds of guys we can't get enough of."
Bielema left out the word ‘resilient' when describing what Jackson brings to his units. Jackson's journey is well documented, as he tore his ACL after getting tackled from behind with 16 seconds left in second quarter of first game last season. Jackson still managed to record 198 yards of total offense, average 13.3 yards per carry and scored two touchdowns before injury, and enrolled at Wisconsin in January to finish his rehab.
Having been limited in the spring and with his knowledge of the playbook, fall camp has been a welcomed return for Jackson, as he has rotated in with the second-string offense. Even with his bulky knee brace, Jackson's speed has gotten quicker than what is was pre-injury.
"He's definitely gotten better each day from day one to now," said running back coach Thomas Hammock. "He had a good scrimmage over the weekend, and I'm certainly excited about his future. I just tell him to come out and compete every day and to get yourself ready to play."
Jackson has been counting down the days until Monday when he finally gets to take off his brace, as he'll officially have made it throughout the entire process without any serious or minor setbacks.
"I am blessed to still be playing this sport and to still have my scholarship after the injury," said Jackson. "Coming out here and competing for a spot on the depth chart has been great for me."