April 6, 1999
Berkeley - Incoming defensive end Johnny Jackson (6-4, 260) from Sacramento City College is undergoing rehabilitation from recent knee surgery and hopes to be back in full health by the time fall camp starts in mid-August.
Jackson, who is regarded as one of the top pass-rushers to come out of the junior college ranks this season, injured the knee in Sacramento CC's final regular season game last November. He sat out the team's playoff game in early December because of the knee, but nobody believed the injury was serious at that time.
When he began intense off-season workouts in January, the knee was still bothering him. At that time, he was advised by the Cal coaches to undergo an MRI. That showed an anterior cruciate ligament injury and a decision was made to have surgery to repair the damage. That surgery was successfully completed in late February.
Doctors have indicated that the rehab from this type of injury could take anywhere from six to twelve months. Jackson has expressed optimism that he will be back in full health in time for the 1999 season-opener on Sepetember 4. However, he does have three years of eligibility to play two seasons and consequently a redshirt year is possible, if the knee is slow to come around.
Jackson signed with Cal in February after entertaining offers from schools all over the country, including Arizona, Texas, Ohio State and Nebraska. He is currently completing work on his AA degree at Sacramento CC and will enroll at Cal this fall.