Sept. 21, 2005
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Q&A With Freshman Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson
It did not take long for Cal freshman wide receiver DeSean Jackson, a Parade All-American out of Long Beach Poly High School, to make his presence felt among the Golden Bear faithful at Memorial Stadium. In Cal's 41-3 season-opening victory over Sacramento State, Jackson's first career reception resulted in a 31-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and his first career punt return resulted in a 49-yard touchdown jaunt in the fourth quarter.
What do you expect out of this season? DeSean Jackson: "This season we are working hard to get better. I expect us to come out on top - to 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 has been hard work. The coaches demand a lot out of you. They push you. 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 from high school, getting used to the practices."
How was your first game experience? Jackson: "I came out to have fun and make a few plays. I had a great touchdown catch. The punt return was awesome - I saw the sideline and made a run for it straight up the sideline and scored. It was also cool to see how the crowd reacted to those two plays."
What personal goals have you set for yourself this season? Jackson: "Right now, I just want to be out on the field. I would like to be an impact player and make plays."
What are you most excited for about college football? Jackson: "The excitement of the big games, the big crowds, the whole atmosphere. Before the games, after the games - I'm really excited to see how that's all going to be."
Why did you come to Cal? Jackson: "I think Cal has turned it around. It is a good opportunity for me to come in here and do some great things with the team, and the university. I think coach Tedford is doing a great job of getting us ready. I just came to Cal to make things happen. A lot of receivers graduated last year, so I knew I could come in, and if I work hard, be a go-to player."
What game are you most looking forward to? Jackson: "I'm just taking one game at a time. I am looking forward to the USC game after growing up in Los Angeles and always going to USC practices. I wanted to get away from home and have this chance to compete against them."
What has it been like balancing school and football? Jackson: "Class is cool. I have class in the mornings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and football in the afternoon. My classes are spread out. I only have one class on Monday and Wednesday and no classes on Friday. It's better to have my classes spread out in order to get my work done."