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WR Trishton Jackson leaves Syracuse early for 2020 NFL Draft

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Of his own volition, Trishton Jackson has seen his time at Syracuse come to an end.

On his personal Twitter account, Jackson announced that, after “carefully taking everything into consideration, I would like to announce my decision to forego my senior year and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.” The wide receiver added that “[t]his decision was not easy by any means.”

A redshirt junior, Jackson had one season of eligibility he could’ve used.

“We appreciate everything Trishton did for our program during his time at Syracuse University,” head coach Dino Babers said in a statement. “We wish him the best as he pursues his dream of playing professionally.”

Jackson actually began his collegiate career at Michigan State, playing two years for the Spartans. In 2017, Jackson totaled 143 yards on 12 receptions in a dozen games played.

In mid-January of 2018, Jackson left MSU and quickly landed at Syracuse.

After playing in just one game his first year with the Orange, Jackson emerged as the team’s top receiver in 2019. He led the team in receptions (66), receiving yards (1,023) and receiving touchdowns (11).

Following the regular seasons, Jackson earned second-team All-ACC honors.

Sputtering offense dooms Syracuse to 0-2 start to ACC play

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Syracuse began the season ranked No. 22 in the AP poll with real optimism that Dino Babers and company could present a real challenge to Clemson for ACC supremacy, with the Tigers coming to the Carrier Dome and two straight competitive games between the two.

Halfway into the season now, that looks like one of the College Football Collective Intelligentsia’s biggest swings and misses of 2019.

The Orange are now 3-3 and 0-2 in ACC play after a 16-10 loss to NC State in Raleigh on Thursday night.

Syracuse was held scoreless in the first half and trailed 16-3 deep into the fourth quarter, finally coming alive to make the game closer than it appeared. Trishton Jackson finally put the Orange in the end zone with a 2-yard reception at the 3:00 mark of the fourth quarter, and an NC State three-and-out gave Syracuse the ball at its own 24 with 1:30 left to win the game.

The Orange pushed into NC State territory, reaching the 39-yard line with 24 seconds remaining, when the drive ended in fitting fashion: a false start, an incomplete pass, a sack and a false start.

Tommy DeVito was sacked eight times on the night, many of them avoidable — including the last one, with open receivers in front of him and no timeouts left inside the game’s final 10 seconds — which erased much of the damage his 300 yards on 29-of-39 passing did through the air.

When combined with the sack yardage, Syracuse ran 37 times for just 41 yards while also committing 12 penalties for 59 yards.

With the loss, Syracuse has now scored 20, 6 and 10 points in its three games against Power 5 competition, all of them losses. The Orange have averaged 39 points against non-Power 5 opponents.

NC State (4-2, 1-1 ACC) wasn’t much better, as the score indicates. Bailey Hockman played most of the way at quarterback, completing 16-of-27 passes for 205 yards and an interception. The Wolfpack’s only touchdown came on a double pass from Hockman to wide receiver Thayer Thomas to Trent Pennix, giving the home team a 13-0 lead just before halftime. Zonovan Knight and Jordan Houston led NC State’s ground efforts, combining for 115 yards on 28 carries.

Michigan State transfer Trishton Jackson wants play football, basketball at Syracuse

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The Syracuse athletic department will be getting more than it originally bargained for from one of its incoming transfers.

A couple of days after leaving Michigan State in January of this year, wide receiver Trishton Jackson used social media to announce his transfer to Syracuse. As a non-graduate transfer, Jackson will have to sit out the 2018 football season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

The 2018-19 basketball season might be another matter entirely, though, as Jackson confirmed to the Syracuse Post-Standard that he has already started the process that would allow him to walk on to the Orange men’s hoops team. While Jackson hasn’t personally discussed the situation with head football coach Dino Babers, a fairly powerful intermediary, legendary men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim, has already gotten the all clear for a two-sport run.

“I didn’t even get a chance to tell [Babers] from my mouth. The basketball staff ended up asking him. I kept telling them I was too scared to ask him,” Jackson said. “They ended up asking him for me and they said he said it was OK to do. I haven’t really talked to him about it yet. He’s always joking around with me about basketball so I think he’s pretty cool with it.”

That said, there are still some details that will need to be ironed out if he is to play hoops this coming season. From the Post-Standard:

… Since he was not recruited by either Michigan State or Syracuse to play basketball and never played a minute of college basketball at MSU, he would appear to be eligible to play basketball. (We are checking to see if that’s the case.) Jackson said he has already started football workouts. Training camp starts next month.

“We still haven’t really sat down and talked about a plan so I can do both,” Jackson said. “I know I’m ineligible for football this year. I still gotta sit down and talk to (Babers) about the summer plan as far as workouts, starting camp, to see if I can do both. But both of them gave me the OK that I can. I just have to fit my schedule.

The 6-1, 183-pound Jackson was a high school point guard in Michigan who earned honorable mention all-state honors his junior and senior seasons. He also played AAU basketball.

In football, Jackson was a four-star 2016 signee who rated as the No. 44 receiver on its composite board. In 21 games (four starts) with the Spartans over two seasons, Jackson caught 17 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown.

Days after leaving Michigan State, WR Trishton Jackson is heading to Syracuse

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It did not take long for wide receiver Trishton Jackson to formally announce what is next for his college football career. Just days after announcing his decision to leave Michigan State, Jackson says he is heading to Syracuse to continue his college football journey.

Jackson announced his decision to transfer to Syracuse on Twitter Monday afternoon.

“Forever grateful for the opportunities God has given me,” Jackson said. “Blessed to announce my new home, Syracuse University.”

Jackson will have to sit out the 2018 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Jackson will have two years of eligibility left to use at Syracuse once he becomes eligible again in 2019.

Jackson was Michigan State’s seventh-leading receiver with 12 receptions for 143 yards in 12 games last season.

Michigan State WR Trishton Jackson leaving Spartans

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For the second time this week, Michigan State is losing a wide receiver to an upcoming transfer. Trishton Jackson, coming off a sophomore season, has announced he will transfer to another school to continue his football career.

Jackson made the announcement on his Twitter account with a brief word of thanks to the Michigan State coaches and teammates. It is unknown at this time where Jackson will be heading next.

Jackson was seventh on the team with 143 receiving yards in 2017 with 12 receptions in 12 games. With a good number of receivers above him slated to return next fall, the opportunity to have much impact in the passing game may be found elsewhere before it will be available in East Lansing.

Jackson will have to sit out the 2018 college football season due to NCAA transfer rules if he transfers to another FBS program, but he will be eligible to play immediately at a lower-division program.

It was reported earlier this week that Hunter Rison, the son of Andre Rison, will be transferring out of the Spartans program.