Freshman fullback wins over Terps

`Unorthodox' Jackson gains ground in a hurry as key blocker after Cesa injury

December 23, 2006|By Heather A. Dinich | Heather A. Dinich,Sun Reporter

COLLEGE PARK -- Of the 17 recruits who joined the Maryland football team this past summer, fullback Cory Jackson was initially tagged the least likely to play this season. He came to the staff a little overweight and "was kind of unorthodox," said Dwight Galt, Maryland's director of strength and conditioning.

As it turned out, though, Jackson was the only true freshman to play for the Terps this fall and wound up surprising the entire staff - and himself - by starting the final four games of the regular season.

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