Jackson has high hopes for last game

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 27, 1999

Don Jackson’s prep career may not have been as long as most seniors, but the fact the Natchez High senior will be playing his final game at home Friday is still special.

&uot;I’m going to try and play my best because this is the last one I’ve got,&uot; Jackson said during practice Wednesday. &uot;I’m going to play my heart out.&uot;

Natchez hosts Brandon in a 7 p.m. contest.

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The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Jackson Jackson leads the team in tackles from his linebacker position. He had 29 stops against P

&uot;I don’t worry about how many tackles I have,&uot; Jackson said. &uot;I just try and give 110 percent every play. I just love to play the game.&uot;

While the Bulldogs are only 1-8, Jackson has been a consistent performer on the field.

&uot;One person can’t win or lose a game by themselves,&uot; Jackson said. &uot;We’re all a team.&uot;

Jackson admitted it is frustrating having won only one game this year.

&uot;People talk and I’ll listen to what they have to say and then walk off,&uot; he said. &uot;I just tell them to step in my shoes and ask them what are they doing. It takes a man to come out here and play.&uot;

Jackson has received letters from several colleges who want to look at him as a safety.

He played cornerback the first two games last year, but was moved to linebacker, where he has played all year.

&uot;I like linebacker because I can read what’s going on and move to the ball,&uot; he said. &uot;I&160;enjoyed playing safety, but I’ll be whereever I can help the team out the most.&uot;

Jackson only started playing football last year.

&uot;I was more into basketball,&uot; he said. &uot;A friend of mine, Jonathan Primm, talked me into going out for football. I was scared at first. But I got over that. I wasn’t sure how I did until after the season, when I realized I did a lot for the team. This year I knew what I had to do and knew I had to be a leader. I knew I had to go out and perform.&uot;

Jackson said he now regrets not playing earlier.

&uot;I do wonder how much of a better player I would be,&uot;&160;he said.

Jackson, who plans on taking up electrical engineering, just recently took his first ACT.

&uot;I love drafting, drawing and math,&uot; he said

Jackson said Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State, LSU have contacted him the most, while Ole Miss has sent letters.

&uot;It will most likely be Southern Miss if I stay in the South,&uot; he said. &uot;It may come down to whoever calls or writes me the most, because I know they may want me the most. But I really want to go off and play somewhere.&uot;