Jackson credits first year success to Kuligowski

Jackson credits first year success to Kuligowski

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Miami defensive end Joseph Jackson put on a dazzling freshman season display in 2016 that very few saw coming.

Jackson's role quickly evolved from spot 3rd-down pass rushing specialist to arguably UM's most dynamic defensive talent who led the team in sacks with 8.5 and tackles for loss with 11.5.

Even more impressive is that Jackson did not enroll at Miami until May, so this is his first spring as a Hurricane. So just how was he able to have that first year success?

"Obviously, one reason was because of Coach Kool," Jackson himself said. "Secondly, they trusted me and allowed me to play. Most of the time I'm on the field I know the play, but I just trust my instincts. Coach Kool loves players who play fast even if you mess up, so he allowed me to do that."

Jackson admitted that "a lot" of what he did last season was just on raw talent alone, at least in the first part of the season.

"By the time we played Notre Dame or Virginia Tech, I felt like I had gotten way better and I had a better second half of the season," Jackson said. "I just came to the realization that it was simple. I didn't have to overthink things. I just had to play fast and violent."

It will also be the second year of experience for a number of returning players on Miami's defense. Jackson's expectations for him and his team are sky-high for 2017 after seeing what they are capable of last year.

"Practice-wise it's easier, but nothing is different. We still have the same mentality which is to be better than every other team and to make myself better," he said. "Everybody knows their calls and we are in-sync. We all communicate great. We're missing a few pieces, but once fall comes around we are going to be great," as Jackson explained.

"There's no doubt in my mind that we're going to be one of the top defenses in the county, but we have to hold ourselves to that standard every day in practice."

Jackson was then asked if it was a challenge that his film was now available to opposing coaches. His answer showed that this is a player who is nowhere near done improving.

"There's a whole bunch of stuff on me in the ACC, but that's just as a freshman. I have until next fall to the first game to get better and perfect everything that Coach Kool wants me to do," he said confidently.

Coach Kuligowski said on Thursday that freshman defensive end Jonathan Garvin had the most impressive first five freshmen practices that he'd ever seen. Today, Jackson added that Garvin resembles him physically.

"I think Jon is a little bit like me. Jon is aggressive, he's hungry, he's strong, he's fast off the ball. With Coach Kool's help, he's going to be a good D-end," Jackson said.

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Comments (15)

Fast, strong & violent. Motor does not stop. Best part was at 3:16. He had backside, QB faked like he was keeping it. Joe was disciplined & kept his containment. After he confirmed the QB didn't have it he got in on the play. You win a lot of games with guys like this.
 
Who are going to be the starters at end this year?

Thomas and jackson are your starters. We are do deep it's crazy. Johnson is ELITE and is not gonna redshirt. Garvin balling in practice right now and put on weight. Patchan is healthy and very capable d end. Trent Harris and jack ( who started opposite chad) is very capable of starting. May the best see the field lol
 
Joe Jackson reminds me of Aldon Smith in terms of style and size, though not quite the agility unless he improves in that aspect.

I think Garvin is a little different in terms of style of play. Garvin has an almost weirdly surprising amount of lateral quickness and his short shuttle is sub 4.4. As crazy as it might be to say, Garvin may be a better raw athlete than Joe Jackson.
 
Who are going to be the starters at end this year?

Thomas and jackson are your starters. We are do deep it's crazy. Johnson is ELITE and is not gonna redshirt. Garvin balling in practice right now and put on weight. Patchan is healthy and very capable d end. Trent Harris and jack ( who started opposite chad) is very capable of starting. May the best see the field lol

Chad Thomas, Trent Harris, D Jax, Jackson, Patchan, Garvin, DJ
Moten, Norton, Willis, McIntosh, Fines, Bethel, Ford

Nearly everyone we play except FSU has a new QB, and Francois still has nightmares from last season. Our DL will reap havoc and mayhem.
 
I dont think Garvin will have the same impact this year as Joe Jackson did as a freshman simply bc there are too many bodies in front of him... Joe Jackson as great as he was for us last year, wouldnt have had those same opportunities if AQM didnt get kicked off the team.
 
I dont think Garvin will have the same impact this year as Joe Jackson did as a freshman simply bc there are too many bodies in front of him... Joe Jackson as great as he was for us last year, wouldnt have had those same opportunities if AQM didnt get kicked off the team.

Which would've been tragic because he would've played ahead of a guy that was more effective and disruptive than he ever was.
 
Who are going to be the starters at end this year?

Thomas and jackson are your starters. We are do deep it's crazy. Johnson is ELITE and is not gonna redshirt. Garvin balling in practice right now and put on weight. Patchan is healthy and very capable d end. Trent Harris and jack ( who started opposite chad) is very capable of starting. May the best see the field lol

Chad Thomas, Trent Harris, D Jax, Jackson, Patchan, Garvin, DJ
Moten, Norton, Willis, McIntosh, Fines, Bethel, Ford


Nearly everyone we play except FSU has a new QB, and Francois still has nightmares from last season. Our DL will reap havoc and mayhem.
No way we shouldn't lead nation in sacks and TFL.
 
I dont think Garvin will have the same impact this year as Joe Jackson did as a freshman simply bc there are too many bodies in front of him... Joe Jackson as great as he was for us last year, wouldnt have had those same opportunities if AQM didnt get kicked off the team.

Which would've been tragic because he would've played ahead of a guy that was more effective and disruptive than he ever was.

Not really a logical response
 
What was even more impressive to me about this kid as a true freshman was how well he held the point of attack. The 4:01 mark he stacks that gigantic pulling guard, sheds him, and makes a great play. He also did this several times to FSU's LT. Beast.
 
The good thing to know Canes fans. Yes Miami is deep on the defensive line but they will be deep next year as well. Miami is stock piling depth on the Dline while developing it. That start last year with guys that Diaz and KULIGOWSKI didn't recruit and I'm not talking about the Bethel and Jackson. I'm talking about the upper class men. Chad Thomas Demetris Jackson Norton and Mckintosh played like the deserved to be Miami defensive line players in Manny Diaz. Something they never showed in the crap Al Golden defense. The stacking of the defensive line could allow Miami to go a a similar run to that of the 80's 90's and early 00's Cane's. They all dd it the same way with the defensive line.
 

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