Jacksonville Jaguars vast receivers coach Chris Jackson is leaving Florida to simply accept the identical place with the Texas Longhorns, in line with a number of studies on Tuesday.
#Jaguars WR Coach Chris Jackson has knowledgeable Doug Pederson’s workers that he’s taking the identical place @TexasFootballper a number of sources #Jaguars WRs caught 238 passes for two,677 yards and 19 TDs in his lone season in 2022, together with Christian Kirk & Zay Jones’ historic seasons
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The faculty confirmed the information on Tuesday night with Jackson additionally holding the title of passing sport coordinator.
“We’re fired up that Chris Jackson is a Longhorn,” Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian stated. “He’s such a gifted coach with a ton of soccer and life expertise that we’ll profit from having on our workers. Chris is a passionate and attention-to-detail man who took a singular path to teaching, however is pretty much as good as they get in terms of creating and getting ready receivers. He’s a really well-respected coach with nice work ethic who’s a pupil of the sport, and he is a confirmed chief who not solely helps his gamers enhance on the sphere, but in addition builds robust relationships with them, too. During his time within the NFL, he labored with some distinctive coaches who rapidly acknowledged his expertise within the career. Not solely has he coached gamers on the highest degree previously 5 years within the NFL, he is aware of the place nicely having been an NFL veteran, All-Pac-10 and 1,000-yard receiver himself. He performed at Washington State with Jeff Banks, so he is a man we’re very aware of and know he’ll be an incredible addition to our workers. We’re excited to get him began.”
The information comes greater than two weeks after former Texas vast receivers coach Brennan Marion was formally introduced because the offensive coordinator at UNLV and eight days after Jackson seemingly denied studies linking him to the Longhorns.
But that was when Jacksonville was nonetheless within the playoffs and following their elimination by the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, Jackson was free to start finalizing his settlement to hitch Sarkisian’s workers.
Jackson’s tie to this system is that he performed with tight ends coach/particular groups coordinator Jeff Banks at Washington State in 1996 and 1997, together with for the Rose Bowl run led by Ryan Leaf within the latter season.
“My main thought on this transfer was initially simply younger males,” Jackson stated. “The pleasure and alternative to coach on the school degree at a college with the notoriety that Texas has is a good alternative. Working with younger males coming in from 17 to 18 years previous to leaving at 22 and offering a platform for them and permitting them to develop, not solely as soccer gamers however as younger males, that is what I used to be drawn to, as nicely. I’ve at all times been keen about that, and I’ve been ready to do this on the NFL degree, however there’s one thing that is tremendous intriguing about these younger males, ones I can hopefully encourage and lead by means of the place I simply left. Some of them will need to pursue an expert profession and simply want some of that steerage and management to get there, and I’ve seen that not solely as a participant, however as a coach now. That’s the work for me — younger males and improvement.
“Coach Sarkisian has at all times been phenomenal and a mastermind of offense. Being a large receiver myself, I’m trying to actually simply lock all the way in which into his thought processes for why he does issues and the way he does issues, so I can simply be an extension of him. He’s had success not solely on the school degree, but in addition within the NFL, so I simply need to embrace all of it and add no matter I can with regard to my expertise and thought course of. But to me, it was a no brainer to return to Texas and work below the management of Sark and together with his nice workers. He’s finished it on the collegiate degree and the NFL degree, and I do know he is turning the tradition there. I simply need to be an element of that.”
After a protracted skilled profession primarily within the Arena Football League that included 13,355 receiving yards and 325 touchdowns, Jackson coached vast receivers at a highschool in Arizona earlier than touchdown a job in 2019 as a defensive assistant with the Chicago Bears. Jackson beforehand hung out with the Bears throughout coaching camp in 2018 due to the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship program.
Jackson moved to a task as an assistant vast receivers coach in Chicago for 2 seasons earlier than Doug Pederson employed him in Jacksonville final yr for what turned out to be a profitable season for vast receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones:
In his one season with the Jaguars, Jackson led the vast receivers unit to develop into one of solely three within the NFL to have two gamers with 80-plus receptions in 2022 in Christian Kirk (84) and Zay Jones (82). Both totals have been within the high 10 in Jacksonville single-season historical past with Kirk’s rating eighth, and Jones’s tied for tenth. Kirk additionally achieved his first 1,000-yard receiving season with 1,108 to rank 14th within the league to associate with eight touchdowns, which tied for fifth in Jaguars’ historical past. Meanwhile, Jones registered 823 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns, and Marvin Jones, Jr., added 46 receptions for 529 yards and three touchdowns.
So whereas Jackson does not have any expertise in school soccer, notably as a recruiter, he’s a Mater Dei alum, offering a tie to the talent-laden California program, and his fast rise within the NFL ranks suggests the power to rapidly regulate to his new function on the Forty Acres.
“I do know Texas is soccer,” Jackson added. “That’s what I do know, and that is coming from a California child. I knew folks again within the day by no means left Texas, particularly in the event you have been one of the highest gamers in Texas, that is the place you went. I need to play a task in serving to Coach Sark and the workers proceed to get again to that facet, the place Texas is the one place these Texas children need to go. Austin is an superior metropolis. My oldest son went to St. Edwards for 2 years, so I bought a chance to get him located there and go searching. I’m very a lot drawn to the town, the lake, and downtown is gorgeous. I’m simply excited to be an element of that and serving to to proceed to develop the custom of Texas.”