Sophomore stepping up role

Mayfield High (Ky.) has a rich tradition of football in their past. Western Kentucky has always respected the football played at that school. One of their newest and brightest stars is Jonathan Jackson.

Mayfield High (Ky.) has a rich tradition of football in their past. Western Kentucky has always respected the football played at that school. One of their newest and brightest stars is Jonathan Jackson.

Mayfield is off to another great start this season at 5-0 and one of the reasons they are having such a good year is because of linebacker/running back Jonathan Jackson. The 5-10, 200-pound Jackson is one of Western Kentucky's best athletes, but also one of the least known players as well. But if he continues to play well and Mayfield continues to dominate, Jackson will be known throughout the Commonwealth.

"I'm a defensive player. It's what I love and I enjoy the linebacker position," said Jackson. "Right now I need to improve my pass drops and getting back into coverage," he said.

With the undefeated start, Jackson has been a standout and making noise in each outing. "I've started off pretty good," he said. "I think I'm surprising people that I can handle the pressure on starting on both offense and defense," he said.

As a freshman, Jackson was a part of the Cardinals team that fell in the state championship game to Lexington Christian, but Jackson hopes to get back to that level again this season and do better.

"My number one goal is to win a state championship. That's what the goal is for any Mayfield football player," he said. Jackson also has one specific individual goal in mind. "I have a few personal goals and one of those is to have over 160 tackles this year," he said.

This summer Jackson competed at the NUC camp in Memphis where he was named MVP of his group and then invited to the Ultimate 100. He was rated 4th in the southeast among his group there. His skills have earned him the attention of Kentucky and East Carolina at this point, but that's sure to grow as the sophomore matures as a player.


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