WR/KR Dexter Jackson
01/20/08 - East-West Shrine Week in Review: (Round 5, Early 6): WR/KR Dexter Jackson (Appalachian State): Very quick slot receiver who may be an interesting return option. Showed nice hands on punt returns during the week. Ran too horizontally during the game, trying to make something happen. He'll get coached up to make the first guy miss and head upfield.
01/18/08 - Dexter Jackson became the face of Appalachian State's stunning win at Michigan when he appeared on the cover of a national sports magazine the week after the victory. Thanks to that win, he benefited from the type of publicity players from the Football Championship Subdivision rarely see. Despite the notice, the small school player is likely a long shot to be chosen in the NFL draft. Jackson is in Houston this week showing off his skills in preparation for Saturday's East-West Shrine game. The speedy receiver's performance in practice has made him the darling of the group. "Everyone is talking about him," East team coach Dick Vermeil said. "I think he's lighting it up. He's just jumped out at me." Jackson knows his chances of being drafted aren't great. Corey Hall, who was chosen in the seventh round by the Falcons in 2001, is the only player from Appalachian State drafted this decade. Instead of focusing on that, he could contemplate the success of another former Mountaineer who shares his first name. Dexter Coakley was drafted in the third round in 1997 and the linebacker played 10 seasons for the Cowboys and the Rams. "I've always been told to stay focused and don't worry about being at a little school, just worry about you," Jackson said. "It's all about you and any ballclub that needs what you have, they'll get you." - AP Sports
01/15/08 - East-West Shrine Monday Practice: The smallest guy on the field was also the most explosive. Coach Vermeil stopped one play before it began to ask Jackson to "check the tight end"…the receiver was covering him up, which would be a penalty. On the ensuing play, Jackson crossing over the middle from his slot position, snatched a bullet throw, and out-quicked everyone down a seam for the big play.
01/15/08 - East-West Shrine Tuesday Practice: Once again he showed extreme quickness. Not surprisingly, the small receiver showed the ability to get down to grab a low pass. The only balls he doesn't catch with his hands are punts. He caught a few of those running forward, showing nice concentration.