Jarrail (J.J.) Jackson joined the Dartmouth staff in 2006 and is working with the Big Green's corps of wide receivers, a position he knows well in recent years as a continuing standout in arena football competition.
In his first two years, Jackson coached two different second team All-Ivy wide receivers in Ryan Fuselier '06 and Brian Evans '08. Fuselier finished his career sixth all-time in receiving yards and receptions at Dartmouth, plus caught 57 passes for 711 yards in that 2006 campaign. Evans also caught over 1,000 yards in his career with 1,189 and is one of just four Big Green receivers to amass at least 800 receiving yards and average more than 17 yards per catch.
The past two seasons, Jackson has had one of his pupils earn honorable mention All-Ivy status each year. First, Tim McManus '11 became just the fourth Dartmouth receiver to accumulate 60 catches in a season in 2008, then Tanner Scott '11 went from walk-on in the spring of 2008 to the Big Green’s leading pass catcher in 2009 with 45 receptions for 510 yards.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Jackson graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2000 and has combined coaching and playing over the past six years.
With the Sooners from 1996-99, Jackson earned All-Big 12 Conference recognition as a wide receiver and punt return specialist. As a senior, he had 54 catches for 659 yards and seven touchdowns. He set eight Sooner records for receiving and returns and still holds the Independence Bowl record with 10 catches against Mississippi in 1999. He ranks second in OU history with 1,238 punt return yards. He was also an outstanding centerfielder for the Sooner baseball team.
From 2000-02, Jackson was on the practice squad with the NFL's Buffalo Bills and now is in his sixth season of arena football play, currently as a member of the Tulsa Talons of the ArenaFootball2 League, the team he launched his af2 career with in 2000.
Jackson played with the Arena Football League's Buffalo/Columbus Destroyers and then with the Austin Wranglers from 2003-05. In 2006, with the af2 Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz, Jackson caught 125 passes for 1,541 yards and 37 touchdowns (all team highs). In 2007 he played 10 games with the Manchester Wolves (470 yards on kick returns, 79 yards on field goal returns and 1,199 all-purpose yards). He finished the 2007 with the Yard Dawgz. He is the third player in af2 history to score over 900 career points.
Jackson's coaching career began in 2004 when he coached wide receivers at Chickasha High School in Oklahoma. In 2005, he was a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Central Oklahoma.
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