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Senior says: Nazareth's Jackson believes team goals trump individual talent

Nazareth Academy football players run wind sprints at practice on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.
Nazareth Academy football players run wind sprints at practice on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014.

LA GRANGE PARK – Nazareth’s Kevin Jackson is one of a handful of seniors on the team being recruited by Division I programs. The wide receiver/defensive back is going to be a key player on both sides of the ball this season and hopes to take the Roadrunners deeper than last year’s second round playoff appearance. Jackson spoke with Suburban Life sports reporter Dan Santaromita about his ongoing recruitment and the season ahead.

Santaromita: Is there a lot of excitement around the program with all the talent on this team?

Jackson: Yes, but we have to put it together. Talent doesn’t mean anything to us. We just got to work hard and keep going. We know we can do it.

Santaromita: Last year you started at defensive back and also got some time at wide receiver. Are you going two ways again?

Jackson: This year I’m going to be fully two ways the whole entire game.

Santaromita: Are you excited for that? Does that require any adjustments for you?

Jackson: No, I’m in shape. I was in shape last year, too, so I’m in shape now and I can go.

Santaromita: Do you have any college looks yet?

Jackson: I have three offers from North Dakota State, North Dakota and the University of Nevada-Reno.

Santaromita: Has that been a stressful process at all for you?

Jackson: I like all the coaches I’ve been talking to so it’s not really that stressful. I just want to get it over with and focus on the season, which I’m doing now. I just want to focus on my high school season.

Santaromita: Have you noticed any strengths on the team yet?

Jackson: Probably team chemistry. We’re coming together as a team really well. So that’s what I would say is a strength.

Santaromita: Do you have any goals for the season?

Jackson: The goal is just get better everyday. Doubles are tough, but you got to get through them. Take it each day at a time, each week at a time and hopefully we’re victorious.

Week 1 Outlook

Who: Nazareth vs. Bloomington

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Spirit Field, 1209 W. Ogden Ave., La Grange Park

2013 records: Nazareth 8-3, Bloomington 6-4

Outlook: The Roadrunners' will be put to the test against a program that has made the playoffs 27 straight seasons and has four state runner-up finishes. The Purple Raiders have lost in the first round of the playoffs five years in a row.

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