Jackson brings his special kind of magic back to Aggieland
COLLEGE STATION—When brand new Texas A& M head football coach Kevin Sumlin announced the majority of his first Aggie coaching staff last Friday, one name should be familiar to Aggie and Rockdale fans alike.
Larry Jackson will follow Sumlin from Houston to Texas A& M to oversee the strength and conditioning program, a job he held down at Houston for six years.
Jackson—who’s job title at Houston was Director of Sports Performance—had worked previously with Sumlin at both Texas A&M and Oklahoma.
He was previously at his alma mater for six years as assistant strength coach (1998-04).
Jack son, a 1990 Rockda le graduate, did not follow former Houston coach Art Briles to Baylor three years ago, so many wondered if he would tag along with his head coach and friend this trip.
Jackson—who counts all-pro Adrian Peterson and Heisman Trophy winner Jason White as students—is credited for playing a key role in the Cougars recent turnaround by infusing the entire program with a sense of discipline.
The Cougars—coming off a 13-1 season—were the best second half production team in the country in the past few seasons, which fits perfectly into the Aggies’ biggest needs.
Par t of the reason former coach Mike Sherman was fired is because his team’s had a tendency to fold up in the second half.
The Cougars outscored opponents by an average of 30 points in the fourth quarter the past five seasons.
If nothing else, Aggie football players will be in shape.
After an all-star high school career for the Tigers in which he ran for over 2,000 yards and 27 touchdowns, Jackson earned second-team All-Southwest Conference honors at defensive end as a senior in 1994.
After he graduated with an agricultural development degree, he played four seasons of professional football.
He spent three seasons playing in the NFL for Denver, Arizona and Miami.
He is just one of four Rockdale athletes to play in the NFL, along with Billy Ray Locklin, Sammy C. Williams and Stanley Blinka.
“All of these coaches have great reputations as coaches and recruiters,” Sumlin said. “They come from winning programs that have played on some of college football’s biggest stages. They have played for and won national championships and are known for their ability to recognize talent and develop it at the collegiate level.”
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Age: 40 Family: wife Amy, daughters Kate and Abby. Education: graduated from Texas A&M in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural developement; RHS graduate 1990. On the field: Texas A&M (1990-95), Denver (1995- 96), Arizona (1996), Miami (1996-97), Barcelona (1998). Motto: “Train like a chamSee pion today.”