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[JULY 21, 2004]  NORMAL -- Minnesota's Pierre Jackson, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound wide receiver, has become the latest Big Ten Conference player to transfer to Illinois State. Head coach Denver Johnson announced Jackson's addition to the 2004 roster on Tuesday.

Jackson, who will have three years of eligibility remaining, is an athletic receiver and ranked among the Golden Gophers' best in leaping ability with a 32-inch vertical jump. He also clocked a 40-yard time of 4.58 seconds.

"From our remembrance of Pierre as a high schooler, he has legitimate speed, and that is always one of the first prerequisites that you look for," Johnson said. "Out on the perimeter you need guys that can run and stretch defenses down the field. We feel real confident that he will improve our speed, and we think that he's going to be a real good addition to our team."

After redshirting his first season at Minnesota, the Chicago native played in five games during the 2003 season, all as a reserve. He saw action on 17 plays without recording a statistic.

The graduate of Harper High School lettered three years while recording a 23-9 overall record during his career. He was a two-time all-conference and all-area selection. As a senior he made 62 receptions for more than 1,000 yards and 21 touchdowns.

 

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A versatile athlete, Jackson was also used in the backfield and as a kick returner. During his senior campaign, Jackson had nine carries for 138 yards and three touchdowns, while returning 13 kickoffs for more than 300 yards and two scores.

Jackson was also a two-year honor roll student who earned four letters in track and three in basketball.

Since 1993, when the NCAA rules changed to give players immediate eligibility at the I-AA level, Illinois State has had 38 players transfer from I-A football programs. Jackson joins Demetrus Johnson (Minnesota) and Jesus Terrazas (Illinois) as former Big Ten players currently on the Redbird roster.

[Todd Kober,
director of athletics media relations,
Illinois State University]

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