January 15, 2007

Jackson makes his decision official

Nebraska running back Brandon Jackson tried to make things somewhat interesting, but on Monday he finally ended the suspense by officially announcing he will forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.

The 5-foot-11, 210 pound Jackson had 989 yards rushing and 313 yards receiving to finish with team-high 10 touchdowns en route to an All-Big 12 season in 2006.

"Coming off a good year at Nebraska, I felt like the situation and timing was right for me to advance to the professional level," Jackson said in a released statement. "My decision was not based on the last game of the season. It was based on the opportunity in front of me to play at the next level in the NFL.

"I want to thank Coach Callahan and the rest of the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play Division I football at Nebraska and helping make me a better player. I have had a great three years there and this has been a hard decision to make because I have always tried to put the team first. I also want to thank the athletic administration and especially my academic advisors, Dennis (Leblanc) and Kim (Schellpeper) for helping me out along the way. I will come back to Nebraska and finish my degree.

"Finally, I want to thank the Nebraska fans for cheering me on and being the best fans in America. I will be a Husker for life and I hope to represent Nebraska in a great way in the National Football League."

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