May 19, 2008
Albany -- Former Albany State star Alvin Ray Jackson was one of the heroes in the South Georgia Wildcats season opening win back in late March.
Despite that great game, Jackson found himself out of the lineup when Scott Cloman returned to the team.
Jackson stayed positive, and kept working hard in practice.
The effort caught the eye of head coach Derek Stingley, who rewarded Jackson by giving him a chance to play the jack linebacker position Saturday night against Corpus Christi.
The move worked out for Wildcats, as Jackson's interception return for a touchdown sealed a South Georgia win.
"I just wanted to get on the field," says Jackson. "I wanted to do whatever it takes to help my team win. When they told me that, I was dying for the chance to show them what I can do there, and it turned out pretty good."
Wildcats head coach Derek Stingley says Jackson's interception was the turning point in the game against the Sharks, and more than validated his spot on the field.
"He's been fighting all year," says Stingley. "He hadn't played since week one. He was out there all those weeks giving us the best look at practice. He deserved to be on the field, I'm happy for him."
Jackson says, "In the 1st quarter, I was a little tentative, because I didn't want to over-run stuff, but after the first I felt real comfortable, and I could do the job."
The Wildcats travel to face Florida Saturday at 7:30 p.m.