October 14, 2011

Jackson remaining a constant at guard

Mississippi State has had to mix and match its offensive line all season.

Only two of its starters have remained healthy the entire year so far and one of those constants is sophomore left guard Gabe Jackson.

In fact Jackson has been an anchor on the Bulldogs offensive line for 19 straight games, which is every game of his still young career. But watching his teammates go down this season has been tough for him to bear.

"It's real frustrating especially when Tobias (Smith) went down because he was like my best friend," Jackson said. "We've always encouraged each other and talk about who is going to get the most pancakes. It was a hard loss for me and all of us."

Last week the offensive line seemed to get itself together in the second half against UAB. MSU was shutout in the first two quarters only amassing 118 yards but rallied back with 21 unanswered points to finish with 416 on the day.

"We should've been doing that from the beginning," Jackson said. "I don't know if we took them for granted or took them lightly but in that second half we knew we had to play harder than we were at first. We just turned it on."

Even though Jackson is just in his redshirt sophomore season he is already considered a veteran of trench warfare for the Bulldogs. The Liberty, Miss., native feels the responsibility to pass his knowledge on to the younger linemen still trying to find their way onto the depth chart.

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