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With 57 days left until the Virginia Tech battles Georgia Tech, we turn our attention to one of the numberless Hokies on roster Mr. Carl Jackson. The Hokies are thin at cornerback thanks to the early departure of Jayron Hosley. Jackson will have his chance this fall to prove that he can be a quality backup. He’ll be battling with Davion Tookes at field corner for the backup job behind Kyle Fuller. For a walk-on, just having the opportunity to compete for a spot is all you can ask for. We’ll just have to wait and see if Jackson can make anymore headway on the depth chart this fall.
Weight: 182 lbs
High School: Woodward Academy
How Did He Get Here?
Jackson was a standout cornerback at Woodward Academy in Georgia and was recruited by several schools. However, he chose the Virginia Tech walk-on offer over all the others. While Jackson might be undersized, his senior film is pretty impressive and its easy to see why he jumped at the chance to play here in Blacksburg. Even at 5’8”, Jackson isn’t afraid to hit anybody.
2011 Season Rewind
The Georgia native didn’t dress for any games last year but did participate on the scout team in practice. According to Hokiesports.com, the coaches think he has progressed significantly since last season.
With so little depth at cornerback, this could be the perfect storm for a walk-on like Jackson to see some meaningful playing time. Obviously, cornerback is not a position where we sub people in and out with regularity. We did so more last season because of different defensive alignments and because we had a very trustworthy 5th year senior in Cris Hill as our primary backup. The Hokies won't have that luxury this season as the two backups at cornerback might just be the two starters at Rover and Free Safety. If anything were to happen to Kyle Fuller or Antone Exum, I think you would see Detrick Bonner or Kyshoen Jarrett move back over to cornerback before the Hokies would start Davion Tookes or Donaldven Manning.
That's where a player like Jackson could step in and actually receive some reps. But, he'll need an injury to occur first and that's not something you want to hope or wish for. As a prospect, I like Jackson's quickness and abilities but his size is a factor. That's why I think you could see the walk-on mainly used on special teams this fall and as a backup in practice. However, with Virginia Tech's history of turnover in the secondary, anything is possible in 2013 although he may have to battle with a few very talented incoming freshmen for playing time and a slot on the depth chart.
Completely Made Up Fact
After Lacrosse season ended, Jackson thought about joining his high school’s “Quidditch” team. Unfortunately, due to a few accidents involving kids falling off brooms from unsafe heights, the sport was eventually cancelled.
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