July 28, 2007

Jackson is K-State's best kept secret

Sitting in front of television cameras in a meeting room at the Big 12 Media Days in San Antonio earlier this week, Kansas State coach Ron Prince, trying to conceal a smile, announced, "I just want to start out by saying that I'm a better-looking man than Rob Jackson." The gallery laughed. Opponents might not be chuckling at how Jackson looks on the field this season, though.

"There are still a lot of people that don't know about Rob Jackson," outside linebacker Ian Campbell said. "They'll find out this season. Rob helps out a lot and I expect big things from him."

The 6-foot-4, 253-pound senior defensive end left the 2006 season and his first with the Wildcats as a late bloomer. His 8.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks ranked only behind Campbell on the team, and he finished with two pass break-ups and one forced fumble to go along with 36 tackles. His four sacks during the Big 12 season ranked eighth in the league.

Indeed, not many foes knew about Jackson until late in the season. Not many reporters at the Wyndham's St. Anthony Hotel knew much about Jackson, either, as suggested by the sparse crowd he drew in comparison to Campbell and quarterback Josh Freeman during individual interviews.

Freeman knows plenty about Jackson, though. He expects plenty out of Jackson this season as well.

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