August 12, 2006

Jackson ready for action

One must be careful not to assume too much from a single two-hour practice, but it appears as if one junior college transfer is closing in on earning a starting spot on defense for Kansas State. Defensive end Robert Jackson spent all of Saturday's open practice working with the No. 1 defense, and the 6-foot-3, 265-pound transfer from Fort Scott Community College might be able to provide exactly the boost the Wildcats' pass rush needs.

Jackson practiced ahead of redshirt freshman Eric Childs with the first team defense, joining Ian Campbell as the starting ends. Other notable first-team members were linebacker Ross Diehl, who replaced an injured Reggie Walker at linebacker, and Andrew Erker, who continues to work ahead of the returning Marcus Watts.

Jackson appears to be in good football shape but admitted he wasn't where he needed to be physically upon arriving at camp.

"No, not at all. I thought I was, but I wasn't in good enough shape for Coach (Ron) Prince," Jackson said. "I stepped it up though."

Now in the type of shape that Prince demands, Jackson hopes to achieve his goal of earning a starting job by the season opener against Illinois State on Sept. 2.

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