Jackson Could Provide Depth At Defensive End
Rashaad Jackson was drawing close to avoiding a redshirt before breaking his foot last fall. The redshirt freshman has not allowed the foot to slow his progress. Jackson is making great progress at defensive tackle, but may not stay there.
The staff made several moves before the spring that are paying off early. However, when Bobby Williamson moved to tight end it did leave a concern of depth at defensive end. Courtney Vincent has been moved to bandit for at least the spring, but we feel he will move back to linebacker in the fall. Jackson may be a more long term answer at defensive end.
The staff is pondering moving Jackson over to back up Charles Bennett. From our observations, Jackson would be a perfect fit for what defensive coordinator Vic Koenning wants to do. The end position will play inside a lot in what will appear to be a three man front. Jackson has the strength and moves well enough to play inside or outside.
Coach Tommy Bowden said more moves could be on the way before the spring ended. Jackson could be moved when they return to the practice field. One minor change is recent transfer Jermaine Martin has been moved from wide receiver to safety, but will have to sit out the 2005 season.