This Saturday will be filled with action from some of the best players in the state including three star offensive guard Will Jackson, 6-4, 280 pounds from Knoxville-Farragut. For Jackson he hopes he is able to show fans why he is a cornerstone in the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket's class of 2009. He said of the first day of practice, "It is great." He added, "It was rough at first. It threw me off a little bit because we are running a gap man type scheme and I am used to a zone. Some of the terminology is different."
As for the East squad according to Jackson things seem to be coming together. He explained, "Things were a little rough in the morning session, but once we got to the afternoon things really took off."
The 2nd Annual Toyota East vs. West All Star Classic is sponsored by the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association and is provided in place of the Tennessee/Kentucky all star game. By moving the game from a mid summer date to the December date it appears more prospects have been able to participate, including Jackson. He reported of the experience, "It's been great. The people in charge have done an excellent job. All of the meals are taken care of and they are washing our clothes. It's really awesome."
Last year the East roster rolled up 306 yards including over 200 yards on the ground led by Ooltewah running back Brian Marshall, who rushed for 92 yards. The East won the game 26-6. Jackson said of this year's East roster, "You can tell that this is the best that East Tennessee has to offer."
"It's great. Today we bused down to Tennessee to practice. There is a lot of camaraderie amongst us." explained Jackson of the first day with his new teammates. Jackson commented on building the team in only four days. He said, "It has been great. We are on the same team right now and that is all that counts. Some of the Knoxville guys we all know of each other and that helps us work together."