Wayne County quarterback Malique Jackson started confounding defenses last season leading the Yellow Jackets to a 6-5-1 record and the second round of the GHSA-AAAA playoffs.
The 5-11, 170-pound Jackson is a superb athlete who started his career as a receiver but last year switched to quarterback. He can run with the best of the dual threat quarterbacks. He also has a strong arm and a cadre of wide receivers he can rely on. So, what does he like to do the best, "Both, I like to intimidate. I like the defense to come after me and I like them to make me run.
He's so explosive, you know. The kid's a great competitor and he is a sub-4.5 guy. He's going to run a 4.45s. He went down to Florida State and ran a 4.44 down there. He's an extremely quick, extremely fast.
When he's throwing the ball, he likes the post and hitch routes. So, how does he decide whether he will throw or run.
If my wide receivers are covered, I'm taking off. If they're not, I'm going to give them a chance and let them run for it.
We feel very good that he understands our system, understands our scheme. He's an every day kind of kid, he's going to do whateverhe can to get better.
He has committed to Florida State where his cousin Tre Jackson plays in the offensive line. He attended the Seminoles' summer camp and was asked to play different positions.
First day I went in as a quarterback, second day I went as a wide receiver and the third day I went as a cornerback. They liked me best at corner so I guess when I get there it will probably mostly be corner.
Jackson said he hasn't played defense since middle school. In college he plans to major in either engineering or athletic training which are pretty diverse courses of study. This is why!
I like designing stuff and I like just wrapping up my ankles whenever I need it and my wrist and stuff like that.
The Yellow Jackets open the season on Saturday August 24th at Brunswick.
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