Adoree’ Jackson wants a lot of things.
The Trojan sophomore wants to play defense. He wants to play offense. He wants to run track. He wants to run the wildcat. And he wants to win the Heisman.
That’s what he told reporters after practice Thursday.
Drawing comparisons to Charles Woodson, who remains the only primarily defensive player to win the award, Jackson has something the Michigan legend did not — a spot on offense.
Jackson continues to alternate days on both sides of the ball this spring, taking up his position as a wide receiver for the second day of the second week of practice.
He justified the award talk with a “ridiculous,” leaping 45-yard touchdown catch, which he grabbed despite contact from defenders, according to Kelly Eure of USCFootball.com.
“It’s almost becoming common place when you see him [make a catch like that],” Steve Sarkisian told reporters after practice.
Jackson is not just limiting his aspirations to the Heisman either. The three-way star also expressed a desire to win the Thorpe Award as the nations top defensive back.
Nov 1, 2014; Pullman, WA, USA; Southern California Trojans cornerback Adoree Jackson (2) and cornerback John Plattenburg (24) react against the Washington State Cougars at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
While debate continues over whether or not he should pick one spot and stick to it, Jackson’s spring performances have made it difficult to decide if he has a “best” position.
On Tuesday at the Coliseum, Jackson showed off his immeasurable skill on defense. He came home with two interceptions on a day when the defense picked up five.
Last year for USC, Jackson defied already high expectations by holding down a starting job at cornerback for the final ten games of season. He also saw time at receiver, tallying ten receptions for 138 yards and three touchdowns, including a spectacular 71-yarder in the Holiday Bowl. As a special teams player, he also added two kick off return touchdowns.
Though the Heisman-hype in 2015 for the Trojans has centered on Cody Kessler, who remains 12/1 to take home college football’s most prestigious award, Jackson could find himself in the oddsmakers books if he continues to deliver on his words.
If nothing else, Adoree’ knows what he wants.
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