Jim Jackson enters his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Saluki football team and coaches the tight ends. This will also be his second season as the recruiting coordinator.
Jackson is responsible for helping develop All-American tight end MyCole Pruitt. As a sophomore in 2012, Pruitt led the team in catches (49), receiving yards (577) and TD catches (4). The tight end is an important element in coordinator Kalen DeBoer's offense. Pruitt has been the team's leader in receptions and receiving yards in each of the past two seasons. Pruitt was a third-team All-American selection by The Sports Network and named to the All-MVFC First Team in 2012. In 2011, he was anhonorable mention All-Conference selection and earned a spot on the MVFC All-Newcomer team
In 2010, his first year at Southern Illinois, Jackson's tight ends were instrumental in helping the Saluki offense average 30.1 points per game and 378.2 yards of total offense. The tight ends, playing a major role in run blocking, helped pave the way for the Saluki rushing attack that averaged 189.5 yards per game and scored 22 touchdowns on the year. Kyle Harruff tied for the team lead with three touchdown receptions under Jackson's guidance and Harruff had 17 catches for 294 yards - an average of 17.3 yards per reception. Fellow tight ends C.J. Robertson, Philip Schumacher and tight end/fullback John Goode also hauled in touchdown catches in 2010. Goode was a second team All-MVFC selection in 2010 under Jackson.
Jackson came to Southern Illinois from the University of Minnesota, where he was an assistant offensive line coach from 2007-09. In 2007, Jackson helped coach the Gopher offensive front that ranked 10th in the nation in sacks allowed (13 total). He worked directly with the Gopher centers along with his various other coaching duties. Prior to joining the Minnesota staff, Jackson spent one season as a defensive graduate assistant working with the defensive line at Louisiana-Lafayette. Before that, Jackson spent the 2005 season as a graduate assistant working as video coordinator and with the offensive line at Toledo, and in 2004 he served as assistant defensive backs coach and assistant video coordinator at Lehigh. He started his coaching career in 2003 as the outside linebackers coach at Methodist (N.C.) College.
Jackson played both football and baseball at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He was a three-year starter on the baseball team and a team captain and played two seasons on the football team. A Mesquite, Texas native, Jackson received his bachelor's degree in communications from Cornell in 2003. He earned his master's degree from Minnesota in sports management in 2009. He and his wife Michelle married in July 2011 and have one daughter, Mae.
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