Name: Jeremy Jackson
Weight: 203 lbs.
High school: Huron High School in Ann Arbor, MI
Position: Wide receiver
Jersey number: #17
Last year: I ranked Jackson #74 and said he would redshirt. He caught 4 passes for 55 passes.
Jackson emerged as the only freshman wide receiver to play last season, despite being the lowest regarded as a recruited. He played in a backup capacity and notched four receptions throughout the year, which is the same number of receptions that Junior Hemingway had as a true freshman back in 2007. If Jackson and Hemingway have parallel career arcs, that means Jackson will . . . get injured a lot.
There wasn’t much buzz around Jackson this spring, and I imagine that’s the way it’s going to be for him. He’s a tall red zone target without much speed or elusiveness, which is fine for a role player. Jerald Robinson, who’s a little more athletic, seemed to garner a more attention this spring. And with several senior receivers, I don’t imagine that Jackson (or Robinson, for that matter) will be needed to have a big season. If Brady Hoke and Al Borges intend to spread the field and use four-receiver sets, then we might see a little more depth required at the receiver positions than the old two-back, two-receiver sets that were so common in the Lloyd Carr era. Jackson likely won’t play a big role this year, but he should see a fair amount of time on the field.
Prediction: Backup wide receiver; 10 catches, 120 yards, 1 touchdown
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