A Deep Backfield Gets Deeper
Amidst all the hoopla surrounding this past weekend's Carr Wash 4 Kids, the news of senior running back Jerome Jackson rejoining the team was lost in the shuffle. The return of Jackson will add that much more depth to a solid backfield that features:
- Mike Hart (Junior): The 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year who returns healthy and ready to go after after having his sophmore year slowed by injuries.
- Kevin Grady (Sophmore): He graduated high school early so he could attend the 2005 Rose Bowl and participate in spring drills last year, Grady was one of six true freshman to see playing time last year. He was the team's second leading rusher last year with 483 yards behind only Mike Hart.
- Mister Simpson (So./Fr.): He did not see game action last year but the 5'10", 210 lb. back is ready to show what he can do.
- Carlos Brown (Freshman): People have high expectations for this all-everything former high school QB with blazing speed. Expect to see Offensive Coordinator Mike DeBord try to get the ball in Brown's hands in a lot of creative ways this season.
The return of Jackson, the group's only senior, will be a steadying influence on the extremely talented but somewhat inexperienced squad of running backs. Jackson is a two-time letter winner and has played in 24 career games including two starts at tailback in his career. Welcome back Mr. Jackson! Go Blue!