Richie. AE. DP.
App State has boasted a string of great QBs.
The guy at the helm now? Jamal Jackson. He’s learned from every one.
From Williams, Jackson said he learned how important it is to be an all-around threat. Last season, Jackson threw for a school sophomore record 2,001 yards and rushed for 296 yards in 10 games (he started just seven of them). He accounted for 22 touchdowns (15 passing, seven rushing).
From Edwards, he learned how to lead through example. “He would show you the way on the field, not by talking, but by doing it,” said Jackson.
And from Presley, Jackson learned the power of communicating vocally. “When DeAndre spoke, I listened,” Jackson said.
How well Jackson incorporates those traits into the already impressive skills he owns will go a long way in determining the Mountaineers’ fate this season.
What? Nuttin’ from Victor(y) Elder?
Seriously, Jackson should be among the class of the SoCon. He’s got the arm and the experience. But a QB’s efficiency isn’t measured so much by what he can do, but what the others around him are capable of.
Jackson’s predecessors all had a veteran O-line. He doesn’t.
They all had numerous established receiving targets. Jackson has just two (for now).
And Williams and AE had dependable rushers. Jackson doesn’t (yet).
Developing those weapons for Jackson will be the same man who did it for Williams, AE and DP – Scott Satterfield.
Eight days till we see how that’s all working out.