Bernard Jackson is definitely being worked into special teams as a kickoff and punt returner — he returned a kickoff Saturday at Miami. He’s also taking practice reps at tailback and may see some time at wide receiver. Offensive coordinator Shawn Watson, on Monday, wouldn’t discount the possibility of Jackson playing some more quarterback this season. In fact, he served as scout-team quarterback Monday.
For now though, call BJax an “offensive specialist.”
“I’m just trying to take the punches as they (come) and see where I land next,” Jackson said Monday.
Coaches approached Jackson before practices started last week and said they wanted him to try some other positions in order to give him a better chance to get on the field sooner.
Along with the return work, he’s practicing primarily at tailback.
Jackson said as of now he’s not a quarterback. However, he added: “As far as the future of me at quarterback, that’s yet to be discussed.” He also indicated he hoped to play quarterback again in the spring. Jackson said he didn’t think the recent move would affect his development as a quarterback.
Watson said Jackson may be moved back to signal-caller after the season, or could find himself there more this season. Watson indicated it will likely be a week-to-week decision as to how Jackson is used in the offense.
Jackson, who beefed up to 200 pounds during the offseason, has never played running back before. He was a quarterback in a spread-option attack in high school and was recruited to CU as a quarterback in 2003. He played quarterback and redshirted that year, but moved to wide receiver in fall 2004. Jackson never played receiver in a game, however, because he dislocated an elbow on a punt return.
Jackson moved back to quarterback this past spring, and was effective running and passing in the spring game, albeit, mostly against the second team defense.
This fall, he’s practiced behind starting senior Joel Klatt and backup James Cox, a junior. Classmate Brian White is also on the depth chart at quarterback.
Asked if he was frustrated with the position switches, Jackson said, “No. I’m not a selfish guy. I just want to help the team. That’s the big thing.”
Asked if he had considered transferring from CU because he hasn’t really seen the field, Jackson said, “No comment,” then quickly added, “No, I haven’t. I haven’t thought of that.”
Buffs banged up
Klatt watched practice Monday in a boot after suffering a mild turf toe injury on Saturday. Barnett said he expected Klatt to practice Tuesday. If Klatt has trouble practicing Tuesday, the Buffs will get Cox ready to go in case they need him vs. Oklahoma State, Barnett said.
Also hobbled Monday were Thaddaeus Washington (foot), who wore an orange jersey. Tyler Polumbus was walking gingerly on a sprained ankle after practice, and Jack Tipton had his ankle in a boot.
Barnett said he expected all those players would be healthy enough to play at Oklahoma State on Saturday.
As for safety Dominique Brooks, he’s still in the coach’s doghouse. Brooks, who suffered a high ankle spring in August, was practicing Monday, but his status for the OSU game is unclear.
Another Test for Daniels
Starting guard Brian Daniels doesn’t remember ever missing a game in his life due to injury prior to the previous two games. Daniels missed the game after suffering a rib and kidney injury vs. Colorado State.
Daniels said Monday he was feeling no pain from the injuries and he practiced full speed Monday. However, Daniels will undergo more tests on his kidney Tuesday. The tests will determine whether he’s cleared to play Saturday or not.