February 12, 2008

Coach's Corner: Dontavius Jackson

Who can tell you more about who you will be cheering for in the coming years better than the prospect's head coach? We put together a short question and answer segment asking the coaches questions about their former star recruits and future Georgia Bulldogs. The prospect featured in this edition of the Coach's Corner is four-star running back Dontavius Jackson out of Franklin (Ga.).

Heard County Head Coach Tim Barron took the time to answer the following questions about Jackson.

Tell us about how Dontavius Jackson played this year.

"The biggest thing was that he carried the ball for 246 yards and 4 touchdowns in one half of a ball game before the injury. He came into the season in great shape. He wasn't in near the shape last year as he was this past year and he came out in great condition ready for a big year. He entered the season like his was in mid season shape, he was just that explosive from the get go. It was almost like man amongst boys."

"We were playing Bremen and they were team wise better than us and more physical than us, but we had the Dontavius factor and they did not have an answer for what he could do. We had to sit back and think about the rest of the season saying what might have been if we had a healthy Dontavius. I think we would have been right there in the mix competing for our third Region championship in a row, he is that caliber of a player. He made the coaches smarter, the team better and he loved to compete. It was tough on us when the injury went down. We had to re-vamp everything after that."

How has he improved while you have been coaching him?

"The thing that was constant about him, even when he came as a freshman was that he likes to compete and he likes to battle.. He likes a true competitor. He started for us for four years and he led us in tackles as a freshman. He had 108 tackles. It was probably mid season his freshman year when we realized, he is not only a great defensive player, but he is something special on offense too. His speed just got steadily better every year. He was not only strong and quick, but he got to where he could pull away from guys by his senior year."

How hard will it be to replace him next year even though you kind of had to do that this year due to his injury?

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