Dec. 30, 2012
DALLAS – Blake Jackson came to Oklahoma State following a standout JUCO career at Scottsdale Community College. In his first season with the Cowboys, the 6-foot-3, 235-pound receiver has become a valuable weapon in the OSU passing attack. Jackson leads the squad with an average of 20.2 yards per catch, and he has racked up 28 grabs for 565 yards and two touchdowns. He recorded back-to-back 100-yard receiving games against Arizona and Louisiana in September.
A native of Gilbert, Ariz., Jackson chatted with okstate.com about his first season at OSU following Sunday’s practice for the upcoming Heart of Dallas Bowl.
You have an interesting story about how you started playing junior college football. Can you share it?
“I wasn’t really a highly recruited player coming out of high school. I kind of just walked into my junior college building and looked around and decided I wanted to pick up the game again. Hard work has gotten me in a great situation. I wasn’t the guy that when I walked in you looked at me and thought I was going to be a player to go to a big-time program, but I just stayed persistent.
What made you want to play football?
“My friends were really into it. I always loved basketball, but I really wasn’t good enough to make it in that. My friends saw potential in me, and I kept working and eventually I started believing in myself. Obviously it worked out good for me.”
When was it you started to think you could play at the Division I level?
“My first couple of (JUCO) games, there was a learning curve for me, but then I made a big-time play against a big-time player who had a lot of offers. Everybody was really excited, and I started to believe in myself and know that I could make plays against anybody if I kept working and improving.”
Why did you decide to become an Oklahoma State Cowboy?
“They have a great history of great receivers and a high-powered offense. I wanted to go somewhere where I felt like I could make an immediate impact and get my chance to chase a dream. It’s obviously worked out great for me.”
How do you feel like your first season at OSU went?
“I’ve had my ups and downs, but I had that at junior college, too, so it feels like the same story. I feel like it was an okay year, it was good to get on the field and make an impact, but there’s a lot things I know I can improve in the summer.”
How much have you improved since you got to Stillwater?
“I’ve made great strides, and I believe my teammates and my coaches have seen that. I just want to start to put it out there on Saturdays. I’ve made great strides getting the level of coaching I’m getting here, and I feel like I’m definitely coming along.”
You mentioned there being one play in JUCO that made you realize you could be a playmaker. Are there any particular plays that stand out from this season?
“I would say the play against West Virginia (48-yard touchdown catch) made me feel real good. I had a 100-yard game against Arizona. I’ve had some bad plays and some good plays, but I really felt my feet getting wet. I had a great game against TCU, as well, so I can definitely see the progress moving along.”