Teammate Tracy Moore, though, can sympathize with Jackson a bit. Moore has flipped from inside to outside receiver during his OSU career and stressed that changing positions does require a pretty significant adjustment.
“It's not like a receiver is a receiver,” Moore said. “They are all really different. So I understand where (Jackson is) coming from. It's a difficult process. But he's adjusted pretty well. He can play just about anything on the field.”
Still, Jackson recognized his 2012 struggles long ago. And this offseason, he's tried to do everything he can to make the proper fixes.
He's worked on improving his hands by catching footballs out of the Jugs machine, catching tennis balls off a wall and working individually with the OSU quarterbacks. He and fellow slot receiver Josh Stewart have become film room buddies, using the sessions to study the Cowboy offense and even get a jump-start on scouting Mississippi State, OSU's first opponent.
“You can ask anybody around here,” Jackson said. “I've been on a mission so far, since the season ended. And I'll continue to do that.
“That's an everyday thing. Seven days a week.”
That's all helped him become more comfortable on the field, as he said he's busted fewer plays this spring compared to last year.
And he hopes the additional work leads to a more consistent senior season.
“I know that I'm ready for this,” Jackson said, “and I know I should have been ready for that moment (last season). So I'm sure I'm not going to waste any opportunities this year.”