September 3, 2007
BERKELEY - The 2007-08 seasons have opened for the Golden Bear sports teams and the Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week is also back for a second year. The first honoree for this year is no surprise as junior DeSean Jackson from the California football team collects the award after his spectacular performance in Saturday's 45-31 victory over Tennessee.
Jackson was a key player in Cal's victory over Tennessee, tallying 143 all-purpose yards on just six touches. His most spectacular play came on his first punt return of the season as he fielded the ball on the near sideline. After dodging a Volunteer gunner, he maneuvered to his right, picked up a pair of crunching blocks and then accelerated. However, as the next Tennessee would-be tackler approached, Jackson stopped on a dime and back-stepped two steps to avoid any contact at all. From there, he had an open line to the end zone for a 77-yard score - his sixth career punt return touchdown (on just 27 returns).
That play was selected as ESPN's No. 2 play of an exciting opening weekend of college football.
Tennessee's remaining punts were directed well-away from Jackson, who was also named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week and the Master Coaches Survey Special Teams Player of the Year, a national honor.
In addition to the return, Jackson tallied four catches for 45, one a spectacular grab along the sideline as he was leveled by a defender. He also helped the Bears when the team was backed up in its own end zone. As he sprinted down the left sideline, quarterback Nate Longshore let fly a deep ball. Despite being interfered with and drawing the flag for a 15-yard penalty, Jackson managed to get one hand on the ball and nearly held on.
He also added a career-long 21-yard run on a double reverse with senior running back Justin Forsett.
Muscle Milk California Student-Athletes of the Week
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