Alabama State University Hornets
University of Arkansas
Sidney Lanier High School
One of the most unheralded athletes in college football, pro teams are enamored by the impressive velocity and perimeter passing ability that Tarvaris displays. While he is certainly not a
finished product yet, many agree that Jackson has as much upside as any quarterback in the 2006 NFL Draft class.
At Sidney Lanier High School, Super Prep rated Jackson the 25th-best prospect in the state of Alabama. He served as team captain, garnering All-Metro honors as a senior, and honorable mention All-State recognition as a junior and senior. He led the team to a 9-2 record during his final season while competing as a quarterback and defensive back.
In 2000, Tarvaris passed for 1,516 yards and ten touchdowns, rushed for 496 yards and seven scores and recorded 28 tackles. During his junior season, he gained 965 yards with three touchdowns passing, 535 yards and three more touchdowns on the ground and 69 tackles on defense. He added 516 yards and three aerial touchdowns while gaining 30 yards rushing during his sophomore year.
Jackson decided to enroll at the University of Arkansas in 2001, choosing the Razorbacks over West Virginia, Louisiana State and Alabama (other schools wanted him to play defensive back). He saw limited action in three games that year, gaining 53 yards on 3-of-9 passes with an interception. He spent most of the 2002 season as a reserve for the Hogs, but did earn his first career start vs. Auburn. Jackson totaled 143 yards with a touchdown. After the season, Tarvaris saw little hope of winning a starting job at Arkansas and decided to return home, enrolling at
Tarvaris was an instant hit back in his hometown, connecting on 160 of 316 tosses (50.6%) for 2,342 yards, 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in his first year as a starter for the Hornets in 2003. He ranked third on the team with 444 yards and five scores on 91 carries (4.9 avg) and finished the year with 2,786 yards in total offense, the sixth-best season total in school history. In 2004, Jackson joined Ricky Jones (1991) as the only ASU quarterbacks to guide the team to ten victories in a season. He completed 182 of 349 passes for 2,556 yards, 20 touchdowns and only nine interceptions while adding 253 yards and three scores on 65 rushing attempts (3.9 avg). His 2,809 yards in total offense rank fourth on the school's season-record list.
Thanks to a record-breaking season by Grambling State quarterback Bruce Eugene, most of the media attention for Southwestern Athletic Conference players went to the Tigers' passer, but Tarvaris did gain second-team All-SWAC honors. He ranked fourth in the nation in points responsible for (17.45 ppg), sixth in passing efficiency (164.9) and ninth in total offense (293.2
ypg). He hit on 195 of 320 passes (60.9%) for a career-high 2,941 yards, the third-best season total in school history. Jackson had 29 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He rushed 103 times for 285 yards (2.8 avg) and three scores, finishing with 3,226 yards in total offense (only the third player in school annals to gain over 3,000 yards in total offense during a season).
In 36 games at Alabama State, Tarvaris started 35 times. He completed 537 of 985 passes
(54.5%) for 7,839 yards, 67 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. He rushed 259 times for 982 yards (3.8 avg) and eleven scores, finishing with 8,821 yards in total offense. In eleven games at
Arkansas, he gained 196 yards with a touchdown and three pass thefts on 17 of 48 pass attempts. For his complete college career, he played in 47 contests, hitting on 554 of 1,033 passes (53.6%) for 8,035 yards, 68 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He amassed 980 yards and eleven scores on 280 carries (3.5 avg) and picked up 9,015 yards on 1,313 offensive plays.
Accounted for 8,035 yards with 68 touchdowns and 30 interceptions on 554 of 1,003 passes (53.6%) during 47 games during stops at Arkansas and Alabama State…In 26 games with the Hornets, his 7,839 yards passing rank ninth in Southwestern Athletic Conference history and second in school annals, topped only by Darnell Kennedy (11,753 from 1997-2001)…His 67 touchdowns at ASU rank seventh in conference annals and second in school history behind Kennedy's 102…Only Kennedy (859-of-1,571) had more pass completions (537) and pass attempts (985) in a career at Alabama State…Gained 9,015 yards in total offense during his career, including 8,821 at ASU…His 8,821 yards rank second on the school's career-record list behind Kennedy's 12,888.
All-Southwestern Athletic Conference second-team selection…Member of The NFL Draft
Report's Super Sleeper Team…Team Offensive MVP and captain…Ranked fourth in the NCAA Division 1-AA ranks in points responsible for (17.45 ppg), sixth for passing efficiency (164.9) and ninth in total offense (293.2 ypg)…Completed 195 of 320 passes (60.9%) for 2,941 yards, 29 touchdowns and only five interceptions…His 195 pass completions rank fifth on the school's season-record list and his 320 attempts rank seventh…His 2,941 yards is topped only by Darnell Kennedy (3,488 in 2000 and 3,151 in 2001) on the school's annual record chart…Only Kennedy (33 in both 2000 & '01) had more scoring tosses in a season for the Hornets…Third on the team with 103 carries for 285 yards (2.8 avg) and three scores…Gained 3,226 yards on 423 plays, joining Kennedy (3,674 in 2001 and 3,537 in 2000) as the only players in school history to gain over 3,000 yards in total offense during a season.
Became only the second quarterback in school history to lead the team to ten victories in a season, joining Ricky Jones (11 wins in 1991)…Twice named SWAC Player of the Week and was also chosen MVP of the SWAC Championship Game VI…Started eleven of twelve games, completing 182 of 349 passes (52.1%) for 2,556 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions…His 2,556 yards rank fourth on the school's season-record list and his 20 scoring strikes rank fifth…Third on the team with 65 carries for 253 yards (3.9 avg) and three scores…Had a 14-yard reception and recorded a pair of solo tackles…Participated in 414 plays, totaling 2,809 yards, the fourth-best season total in school history.
Led the Hornets to the Eastern Division title and a berth in the SWAC championship game in his first season…Finished fourth in the SWAC in passing yards, total offense and touchdown passes...Started thirteen games, completing 160 of 316 passes (50.6%) for 2,342 yards, 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions…Led the SWAC quarterbacks and ranked ninth on the team with 444 yards and five scores on 91 carries (4.9 avg)…Had two solo tackles, but lost 10 yards on a reception…Participated in 407 plays, gaining 2,786 yards in total offense.
Saw minimal action at Arkansas, appearing in the Nevada-Las Vegas, Alabama and Weber State games…Connected on 3-of-9 passes (33.3%) for 53 yards and an interception.
CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS
4.68 in the 40-yard dash…375-pound bench press…300-pound power clean…31 ½-inch arm length…9 3/8-inch hands…Right-handed.
Attended Sidney Lanier (Montgomery, Ala.) High School, playing football for head coach Robert Fuller…Super Prep rated Jackson the 25th-best prospect in the state of Alabama… Served as team captain, garnering All-Metro honors as a senior, and honorable mention All-State recognition as a junior and senior…Led the team to a 9-2 record during his final season while competing as a quarterback and defensive back…In 2000, Tarvaris passed for 1,516 yards and ten touchdowns, rushed for 496 yards and seven scores and made 28 tackles…During his junior season, he gained 965 yards with three touchdowns passing, 535 yards and three more touchdowns on the ground and 69 tackles on defense…Added 516 yards and three aerialtouchdowns while gaining 30 yards rushing during his sophomore year.
Psychology major…Son of Sasanque Jackson Scott…Born 4/21/83…Resides in Montgomery, Alabama.
Tarvaris Jackson NFL Bio
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