Paving the way for one of the top rushers in the country requires an attitude that starts up front, but that mindset permeates out to the receivers as well.
Especially when that leading rusher is your quarterback, who tallied 271 carries for 1,771 yards on the year, like at Northern Illinois with quarterback Jordan Lynch.
WIth blocking on the perimeter being so key to their offensive game plan at Northern Illinois under Dave Doeren (who has since left for North Carolina State), when Frisman Jackson interviewed for the receivers job, Doeren asked him how he planned to get the receivers to play physical in the run game.
“I’ve taken pride in that as a coach. I want other teams, other coaches on the sidelines to look at our receivers and say, ‘That’s how our receivers should be, they should be physical in the run game.’" Frisman explained. To make it even simpler, if they didn't block, they wouldn't be touching the ball in the pass game.
“You’ve got to want to run block. “It’s got to be important to you.” Jackson added, noting that blocking is 10% learning the fundamentals and 90% attitude in a recent peice on HuskieWire. He also added that it's important to give the receivers another tool to use on game day, which is why they work on cut blocks a day a week to keep defenders on their toes.
Getting production from the guys on the edge in both the run and the pass game, and his coaching philosophy made Jackson a valuable part of Doeren's future plans, and was likely a major reason why he decided to have him join him down at NC State. Jackson gets it, and it shows up on the field.