Former Nevada Union lineman leading the way for Fresno State |

Former Nevada Union lineman leading the way for Fresno State

Nevada Union alumnus Andrew Jackson returns to Fresno State as one of the big men on campus after starting 11 games as a redshirt freshman last season for the Bulldogs.

The 6-foot, 5-inch guard gained Academic All-Western Athletic Conference honors last season and has solidified his spot as the Bulldogs’ starting guard for the next three years.

“That’s the plan,” Jackson said over the phone from Fresno. “I kind of got thrown into it last season and that’s the way it turned out … I was ready for the opportunity. I got my shot in the second game and after that it was all about game planning.”

For the sophomore, there’s little much else to do but school work and football. But for his team, there’s little more to think about than stepping up the WAC ladder. Fresno State finished 9-4 last season, including a 40-28 win over Georgia Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl. But the season was slighted by conference losses to rivals Boise State (34-21) and Hawaii (37-30).

“I think this team is really set on stepping up,” Jackson said. “We’ve been second or third for the last 10 years. I think we’re pretty determined to change that.”

A large part of that success will fall on Jackson and his fellow offensive lineman’s backs. The Bulldogs gained 2,742 yards rushing last season on a whopping 564 attempts, or 62 percent of the team’s 907 total offensive plays.

They topped off their efforts with 34 rushing touchdowns on the season.

After a three-week long training camp, Jackson sees nothing but good things for the team.

“It was good (camp),” he said. “It’s a lot of fun. It’s kind of totally different swing on football from high school to here.”

To contact Sports Writer Zuri Berry, e-mail or call 477-4244.

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