First it was Stanford’s Owen Marecic. Then UCLA’s Myles Jack and Washington’s Shaq Thompson. Now it may be USC sophomore Adoree Jackson‘s turn to become the Pac-12’s next two-way star.
To be clear, working on both sides of the ball isn’t new to Jackson. He did it in his first game, in fact. In all, Jackson saw action as a cornerback, wide receiver and return man in eight games last season, catching 10 passes for 138 yards with three touchdowns to go with two kickoff return touchdowns and 49 tackles.
But the Trojans are being more intentional about splitting Jackson’s time this spring.
Adoree’ Jackson on playing both ways during spring, “It’s fun. I really enjoy having one day on defense and one day on offense.” #USC
— Keely Eure (@keelyismyname) March 6, 2015
If that’s not enough, take it from Jackson’s 2015 bio on USC’s official site:
Jackson, the most exciting player in college football who is a candidate for major national awards and All-American honors, returns as a starting cornerback and a dangerous kickoff returner, plus he figures to again see significant action at wide receiver. USC’s first 3-way player in nearly 20 years, he has drawn comparisons with former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson (they posted comparable statistics).
Well, at least they’re subtle about it.