Name: Tre Jackson
Position: Offensive Line
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Prognostication: Tre Jackson is entering his third year as a pretty pivotal part of this Florida State offensive line. Because of depth concerns, Jackson did not redshirt his freshman year of 2011. After playing a bit throughout the season, Jackson made his first career start in the Champs Sports Bowl against Notre Dame where he played every snap of the game, and played well. Last season saw a sophomore Jackson step into the starting right guard position on a squad that would go on an offensive explosion throughout the year. As a junior this season, Jackson will look to develop even further as he once again mans the right guard slot, and hopefully helps the ‘Noles enjoy similar offensive success that they did a year ago.
Strengths: Jackson is extremely athletic, and that’s saying something for someone his size. He has a good burst off the ball, and gets firmly in position quickly enough that he’s one of the more effective pass blockers along the offensive line. Some young men react differently to being forced to grow up relatively fast at the collegiate level, but Jackson has certainly made the most of it by developing well over the last two seasons.
Weaknesses: Last season as a sophomore, Jackson still seemed to have issues at times with some of the zone blocking schemes. He did get better as the season progressed, but you’d still like to see it improve a little bit more going into this season. Also, while he is good at getting himself in position, his awareness can use a bit of improvement when he is up and in position to make the block.
Jack is the Lead Florida State Football Writer for Chop Chat. Follow Jack on Twitter @JackJ14CFB