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#7 Bernard Jackson
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 190
Year: Redshirt Freshman
City/State: Corona, Calif.
High School: Santiago
Experience: Redshirt

 

AT COLORADO: 2007 (Sr.)—The choice by his teammates as CU’s offensive captain for the 2007 season, but he was declared academically ineligible just prior to the start of the season and was never able to regain his eligibility.  He had entered the fall listed third both at quarterback as well as the “X” receiver position, and could have seen action at both spots as the coaches wanted to take full advantage of his athletic abilities; he may very well have figured in the mix returning kicks, as he had a 32.0 yard average for kickoff returns in the spring game.  He took the majority of his snaps in spring scrimmages at receiver, but when he lined up at quarterback, he was a deadly running the football (nine for 82, with a 37-yard touchdown run in the spring game).  He was the Iron Buffalo Award winner for the quarterbacks, as he was the selection for the honor for the player at each position who represents hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage in the weight room.  He finished his career ranked 24th all-time in passing yards (1,357) and 68th in rushing yards (690); he also brought the 10th longest active streak in the NCAA into the season with 66 passes without an interception.

 

2006 (Jr.)—He played in all 12 games and started the final 11 games of the year, as he was promoted into the role for the Colorado State game.   He completed 108-of-219 passes for 1,298 yards, with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions, while rushing for 677 yards and another seven scores, averaging 4.4 yards per carry.  When eliminating quarterback sacks, his true rushing jumped to 832 yards and 6.6 per attempt.  His 677 net rushing yards were the third most ever in a single season by a CU quarterback, trailing only Darian Hagan (1,004 in 1989) and Bobby Anderson (788 in 2006); his 6.6 true average after the deduction of sacks tied for the second best figure behind Kordell Stewart (7.1 in 1993, with a matching 6.6 in 1994).  He ended the season with 66 consecutive passes without an interception (just two in his last 112 throws), and while it took him 107 passes to record his first touchdown pass, he had seven in his last 113 on the year.  While his quarterback rating for the year was just 103.3, it was only 85.0 until his first TD throw but 120.5 afterwards (57-of-113, 738 yards, 7 TDs, 3 INT).  His completion percentage and rating were also affected by his throwing away 21 passes out of bounds to avoid being sacked. His seven rushing touchdowns covered just 76 yards, with 62 coming on one burst (against Kansas State).  His top rushing game was against Kansas State (17-105, 2 TDs), his top passing effort was against Iowa State (19-13-0, 200 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT), with his most total offense coming against the Cyclones (269).  He earned CU Athlete-of-the-Week honors for his efforts in the KSU game, with 250 yards total offense and three scores (145 yards on 10-of-18 passing, 1 TD, no interceptions, in addition to his rushing listed above).  He had six 100-yard passing games, and rushed for 50 or more yards on eight occasions.  He was the recipient of the Hang Tough Award, presented to the player who overcame the most adversity; he had to deal with being thrust into the starting quarterback role with little experience while also being faced with family members with serious health issues.

 

2005 (Soph.)—He had entered the fall third on the depth chart at quarterback, but was tried at multiple positions to try and get his talent on the field.  He saw his first game action at Miami, returning a kickoff for 25 yards, and the following game, he played tailback for the first time in his career at Oklahoma State in the fourth quarter, rushing three times for eight yards.  The next game, he lined up at both tailback and receiver against Texas A&M, with one carry for three yards.  He won the Scout Team Offense Award for the A&M game, as selected by the coaching staff for his impersonation of the Aggies’ versatile quarterback Reggie McNeal.  He saw spot action in the Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri games but did not see the field the remainder of the year, despite ending the year listed third at both quarterback and tailback.  He posted solid numbers in the three full spring scrimmages, completing 14-of-28 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns (no interceptions), while dazzling on-lookers with his running, as he led all ball carriers with 180 yards on 19 tries (9.5 per).  He had a 78-yard touchdown run in the second scrum.

 

2004 (Fr.-RS)—He saw action in six games, as he was moved to wide receiver and punt returner from quarterback two weeks into the season.  In his first collegiate game, he suffered a dislocated elbow when tackled trying to return a punt and missed the next three games.  He did not have any receptions on the season, but did run one reverse for three yards and netted minus-1 yard on his lone punt return try.  He had entered the fall listed fifth at quarterback, but with a logjam ahead of him, the coaches wanted to get him on the field to utilize his talent in some fashion.  He was 9-of-22 for 84 yards in CU’s three main spring scrimmages.

 

2003 (Fr.)—Redshirted; did not see any action but practiced the entire year at quarterback.  He was the Scout Team Offense Award winner for two games, Kansas and Missouri.

 

HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned first-team all-CIF, all-Riverside County and all-Mountain View League honors, while both PrepStar and Prep Football Report named him to their all-West teams and SuperPrep selected him to its all-Far West team.  PFR ranked him as the No. 45 player in California and the No. 12 quarterback; SuperPrep ranked him No. 39 overall in California (the No. 6 QB), while Rivals.com rated him the No. 10 quarterback in the nation (and No. 61 in all of California).  As a captain, he was his team’s most valuable player and offensive player of the year for a second straight time his senior year; as a junior, he garnered all-league first-team and all-county honorable mention honors.  A true dual-threat quarterback, he rushed 160 times for 1,032 yards and 14 scores, with a long run of 65 yards, while completing 82-of-162 passes (50.6 percent) for 1,314 yards and 15 touchdowns, with just six interceptions.  As a junior, he rushed 70 times for 660 yards and four touchdowns, with a long of 55.  He completed 50 percent of his passes (65-of-130) for 1,042 yards and 11 touchdowns, tossing just four interceptions to compliment his rushing stats.  He saw limited action as a wide receiver his sophomore season.  Top career games included a playoff win over San Bernardino his senior year, when he completed 4-of-10 passes for 246 yards (a gaudy 61.5 yards per pass) and three touchdowns.  He also rushed eight times for 100 yards and two scores, one for 65 yards.  In a 35-14 win over Plaoma Valley the same year, he was 6-of-12 passing for 200 yards and two scores, and added 60 yards rushing on five attempts.  Santiago was 9-3 his senior season (losing in the CIF quarterfinals), 9-3 his junior year (losing in the quarterfinals once again) and 4-6 his sophomore year under coach Steve Mitchell.  He also played baseball and basketball as a freshman.

 

ACADEMICS—He is majoring in Ethnic Studies at Colorado, and is in position to graduate in the summer of 2008.  He owned a 3.3 grade point average as a prep.

 

PERSONAL—He was born April 2, 1985 in Los Angeles, Calif.   His hobbies include playing basketball, lifting weights and helping coach his younger brothers in football.  He is the father of a son, Jayden (2).

 

 

Passing

Season

G

Att

Comp

Int

Pct.

Yds

TD

Long

2004

6

2

2

0

100.0

59

0

41

2005

6

0

0

0

0.0

0

0

0

2006

12

219

108

7

49.3

1298

7

63

Totals

24

221

110

7

49.8

1357

7

63

 

Rushing

Season

Att

Yds

Avg.

TD

Long

2004

1

3

3.0

0

3

2005

8

10

1.3

0

7

2006

155

677

4.4

7

62t

Totals

164

690

4.2

7

62t

 

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Sacked/Yards Lost: 28/155 (2006). Kickoff Returns: 1-25, 25.0 avg. (2005).  Punt Returns: 1-minus 1, -1.0 avg. (2004).

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