The Dynamic Duo: Jackson and Rice

Staff Writer
Posted Mar 12, 2008

When you're one of the top receivers in college football, what do you do to take your game to another level? It couldn't hurt to learn from one of the biggest receiving legends of all time and that's exactly what Cal receiver DeSean Jackson has chosen to do.

The Jackson-Rice connection was established when Jackson signed with DeBartolo Sports and Entertainment in Tampa, Florida and began his training at the Athlete’s Performance Institute in Tampa.

"Jerry Rice has been a great inspiration for me," said Jackson. "I just have to keep working hard and learning from him."

Jackson's taking advantage of every opportunity that he can to prepare himself for the draft after declaring in January following his All-American junior season at Cal.

“In the past, you might work on your speed with a track coach but now you’ve got facilities where you can go to get yourself ready for the combine and work on all the drills,” said Rice. “I think it’s great.”

One of the most prolific players in Cal Bear history, Jackson finished his three year Cal career with impressive credentials, ranking 3rd in Cal history in receiving yards (2,423) and receiving td’s with 22. Always a threat to score every time he touched the ball, Jackson rarely saw a returnable punt come his way not to mention single coverage in 2007, perhaps hastening his departure for the pros.

“He’s been really cool to work with,” said Rice. “He has a lot of confidence in his hands and runs excellent routes. And he’s fast! Some of his routes are so amazing.

“What I’m trying to let him know is that there’s a time to use your speed and there’s a time also that you need to play under control. And I think he’s feeling it. He can make the difficult catches. In one on one coverage, he can get off the line of scrimmage.

“I know everyone’s talking about his size, but to me, he’s similar to Steve Smith. I don’t think it’s going to be any trouble for him going out there and making catches.”

And will Jackson be running those famous Jerry Rice hills?

"Not yet, but we're gonna go," said Rice, laughing.

To see Rice and Jackson's comments about working together, Watch Video

For an extended audio interview with Rice, Listen to Audio

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