Aug. 16, 2005
BERKELEY - Freshman DeSean Jackson was one of the premier wide receivers in the nation coming out of Long Beach Poly High School. A Parade All-American and the Los Angeles Times Glen Davis Award-winner, he collected caught 60 passes for 1,075 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior.
In an ongoing series of player profiles during training camp, CalBears.com sat down with Jackson to get his thoughts on the upcoming season and his freshman year.
What do you expect out of this season?
DeSean Jackson: "This season we're working hard to get better. I expect us to come out on top - have a good season and be in the running for a Pac-10 championship and a national championship."
How do you think your adjustment into Division I football has gone so far?
Jackson: "It's hard work. The coaches demand a lot of hard work out of you. They push you a lot. Our bodies are really sore and hurting, but you've got to fight through all this stuff. I think that was one of the biggest adjustments, getting used to the practices."
What personal goals have you set for yourself this season?
Jackson: "Right now, I just want to be out on the field. I'd like to be an impact player, making plays."
What are you most excited for about college football?
Jackson: "The excitement of the big games, the big crowds, the whole atmosphere of how the football games are. Before the games, after the games - I'm really excited to see how that's going to be."
Why did you come to Cal?
Jackson: "I think Cal has turned around. I think it is a good opportunity to come in here and do some great things with the team and the university. I think Coach Tedford is doing some great things in getting us ready. And I just came here to make some things happen. A lot of receivers graduated last year, so I know I can come in and if I work hard, I could be a go-to player here."
What game are you most looking forward to?
Jackson: "I am just taking one game at a time. We have Sacramento State, our first game, Sept. 3. I'm looking forward to the USC game after growing up in L.A., being right there, always going to USC practices. I wanted to get away from home and have this chance to compete against them."