Numbers: 6'3, 279 pounds
2006 Stats: 64 tackles (40 solo), 13.5 TFL, 8 sacks, 1 INT, 4 passes defended, 2 FR, 1 FF
The Buzz: "He's a much stronger player than he was.
You'll see him running over offensive linemen, you'll see him throwing them
to the side, you'll see him doing the things that he's physically capable of
doing." -- defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski ... Was suspended for the
season opener versus Murray State for an undisclosed disciplinary issue. Jackson
said it was related to an incident over the summer where "I got in some
trouble." But he definitely learned from the experience, saying, "At
that time I wasn't being a positive leader and a positive role model for the
youngsters..." ... Possesses good upper body strength and is drawing
interest from pro teams as a pass-rush specialist at DE or as a pass-rushing
outside LB in a 3-4 scheme ... Currently projects as a late-round pick or
priority undrafted free agent.
Ed Thompson: Talk a little bit about your college career and what you're most proud of from your college days.
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ET: What do you attribute your success to as a pass rusher?
XJ: Hard work and wanting to get it done. That is what pretty much everybody measures themselves off of. Sacks and tackles for loss and things like that. I think that I attributed that to my hard work and my coach being a good teacher of the pass rush.
ET: Talk a little about your ability against the run.
XJ: I think that I am a real aggressive player up front. I have this attitude about me that "you aren't going to run my way." I am a real strong player. Not too strong upstairs, but if you look at the stats for the University of Missouri, right now, I hold the squat record. There's not too many people that have legs that are as strong as mine. So I think that if I get my hands inside and use my squatting on the field, teams ran my way. Offensive players try to block me and it's null and void.
ET: How many pounds did you squat?
XJ: Right now, the record is 723.
ET: That's impressive...
XJ: I've got to use that to my advantage. Not too many people know that I hold the record at the University of Missouri, but, my name is on the charts right now.
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