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FOOTBALL: Tigers' Jackson headed to Union College

March 2, 2012
Bardstown High School

When C.J. Jackson joins the Union Bulldogs in the fall for football, coaches and fans there will see what Bardstown Tigers fans have gotten used to over the years.

“He plays with a high level of energy and emotion,” Bardstown coach David Clark said of Jackson, a senior.

Jackson played a key role as the speed back in the Tiger backfield last season, a threat to score whenever he touched the ball, and his field vision also made him a dangerous part of the Bardstown return game.

“It’s mind-breaking,” Jackson said about the chance to carry on his football career at the next level. “I’m overwhelmed, excited, thankful.”

Jackson did a lot of traveling when he was younger as part of a military family. He came to Bardstown from Fort Campbell four years ago and found his new home a welcoming one.

“I’ve got a lot of coaches who helped me since I moved here,” he said.

Jackson plans to study business management while at Union, and he also will pursue one of his passions, video production.

“Education is going to help me out after football,” he said.

Jackson said coaches at Union say he’ll be in the mix at running back and special teams, but that he may also find himself at safety at times.

“I just need to get stronger,” he said. “I need to work out in the weight room real hard to just get prepared” for the rigors of college practices.

Clark said adding muscle will be key for Jackson to get on the field quicker and into a contributing role.

“He’s a hard worker on the football field and weight room,” Clark said.

Jackson said maintaining his focus and studying film will play a big part in his success as a football player. As a child who moved around a lot, Jackson said he’s not too concerned about being away from home when he leaves for college. Plus, he said, there will be some classmates going to Union, as well as nearby friends, such as Nelson County’s Trust Upson, who also recently signed with the Bulldogs.

“I am very proud of C.J., that he’s going to be able to further his education,” said his mother, Ila Jackson. “He’s passionate about football.”

Courtesy of Peter W. Zubaty and the Kentucky Standard.

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