Texas announces hire of Jacksonville Jaguars WR coach Chris Jackson

Texas announces hire of Jacksonville Jaguars WR coach Chris Jackson

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receivers coach Chris Jackson is leaving Florida to take the same position with the Texas Longhorns, according to multiple reports on Tuesday.

The school confirmed the news Tuesday night with Jackson also holding the title of passing game coordinator.

“We’re excited that Chris Jackson is a Longhorn,” Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “He is such a talented coach with so much football and life experience that we will benefit from being on our staff. Chris is a passionate man with an eye for detail who took a unique path to coaching, but almost possible when it comes to developing and preparing receivers. He is a highly respected coach with a great work ethic who is a student of the game, and he is a proven leader who not only helps his players get better on the field , but also builds strong relationships with them. During his time in the NFL, he has worked with a number of exceptional coaches, all of whom have quickly recognized his talent in the profession. Not only has he managed top-level players in the NFL over the past coached he also knows the position well as an NFL veteran, All-Pac-10 and 1,000-yard receiver He played in Washington State with Jeff Banks so he’s a guy that we know well and we know he’s a will be a great addition to our staff. We are delighted to get him up and running.”

The news comes more than two weeks after former Texas wide receivers coach Brennan Marion was officially announced as the offensive coordinator at UNLV and eight days after Jackson seemingly denied reports linking him to the Longhorns.

But that was when Jacksonville was still in the playoffs and after their elimination by the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, Jackson was free to begin finalizing his agreement to join Sarkisian’s staff.

Jackson’s affiliation with the program is that he played with tight coach/special teams coordinator Jeff Banks in Washington State in 1996 and 1997, including for the Rose Bowl under Ryan Leaf’s stewardship in the latter season.

“My main thought in this move was originally just young men,” Jackson said. “The excitement and the opportunity to coach at the college level at a school of the prominence that Texas has is a great opportunity. Working with young men who come in at 17 to 18 years old and leave at 22 and give them a platform and let them grow, not just as footballers but as young men, that’s also what I was drawn to. I’ve always been passionate about that, and I’ve been able to do that at the NFL level, but there’s something super intriguing about those young men, the ones I can hopefully inspire and guide through the position I just left. Some of them will want to pursue professional careers and just need some of that guidance and leadership to get there, and I’ve seen that not only as a player, but now as a coach. That’s the job for me: young men and development.

“Coach Sarkisian has always been phenomenal and a mastermind of attacking. Being a wide receiver myself, I want to get all the way into his thought processes about why he does things and how he does things so I can just be an extension of him. He’s had success not only at the college level but also in the NFL so I want to embrace it all and add everything I can regarding my experience and thought process but for me it was a good idea to come to Texas and to work under Sark’s direction and with his amazing staff. He’s done it at the collegiate level and the NFL level, and I know he’s changing the culture there. I just want to be a part of that.”

After a long professional career, primarily in the Arena Football League, with 13,355 receiving yards and 325 touchdowns, Jackson coached wide receivers at an Arizona high school before landing a job as a defensive assistant with the Chicago Bears in 2019. Jackson previously spent time with the Bears during training camp in 2018 thanks to the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship program.

Jackson moved into an assistant wide receivers coach role in Chicago for two seasons before Doug Pederson hired him last year in Jacksonville for what turned out to be a successful season for wide receivers Christian Kirk and Zay Jones:

In his lone season with the Jaguars, Jackson led the wide receivers unit to become one of only three in the NFL with two players with 80+ receptions in 2022 in Christian Kirk (84) and Zay Jones (82). Both totals ranked in the top 10 in Jacksonville’s single-season history with Kirk tied for eighth and Jones tied for tenth. Kirk also got his first 1,000-yard receiving season with 1,108 for 14th in the league, along with eight touchdowns, which was tied for fifth in Jaguars history. Meanwhile, Jones recorded 823 receiving yards and five touchdowns, and Marvin Jones, Jr., added 46 receptions for 529 yards and three touchdowns.

So while Jackson has no college football experience, especially as a recruiter, he is a Mater Dei alum, tying with the talent-laden California program, and his meteoric rise in the NFL ranks suggests an ability to adapt quickly. to fit. to his new role on the Forty Acres.

“I know Texas is football,” Jackson added. “That’s what I know, and it’s from a boy from California. I knew people used to never leave Texas, especially if you were one of the best players in Texas, that’s where you went. I want to play a part in helping Coach Sark and the staff get back to that aspect where Texas is the only place these Texas kids want to go. Austin is a great city. My oldest son went to St. Edwards for two years, so I got a chance to put him there and look around. I am very attracted to the city, the lake and the center is beautiful. I’m just excited to be a part of that and help keep the Texas tradition growing.

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