Houston Roughnecks wide receiver Blake Jackson is the subject of this week’s edition of the Friday 5
Name: Blake Jackson
Born: March 7, 1994 (26)
Height: 5 ft 11 in
Weight: 200 lb
Hometown: Houston, Texas
High School: Dobie (Houston, Texas)
College: Mary Hardin-Baylor
Signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League after going undrafted in the 2018 NFL Amateur Draft.
Signed with the Cleveland Browns as a wide receiver. Was initially on the practice squad but later elevated to the active roster on December 28, 2018.
Was placed in the injured reserve list by the Browns in 2019 and later released by the Browns with an injury settlement.
Played quarterback at Mary Hardin-Baylor and led the Cru to the 2016 NCAA Division III national championship, the first national title in program history.
Was named Most Oustanding Player of the Stagg Bowl after throwing for 171 yards and rushing for 119 yards and a touchdown in the 10-7 win over Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Was named D3football.com All-American and American Southwest Conference Player of the Year in 2016 after throwing for 3,282 yards and 35 touchdowns while adding 904 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing.
How did being a college quarterback help you transition to wide receiver at the professional level?
“When I played quarterback I had to know every offensive position on the field. I had to know the offensive line protection and the angles and depth of the receivers’ routes. The transition to receiver was easy because I had the athleticism and all I had to do was get the fundamentals down.”
What is your favorite memory of the national championship season at UMHB?
“The camaraderie we had as a team from the coaching staff all the way down to the third-string placeholder. We had brotherhood and we harped on that in the offseason. We made a decision that offseason to go 15-0 and win the whole thing.”
How much have you been able to follow the UMHB football team after graduation?
“I follow them all the time. Once you’re a part of the Cru you’re always a part of the Cru. It’s a family. Guys I went to school with, guys that went before me and guys that laid the foundation before me have shown support throughout my entire pro career.”
What advice would you give a young athlete trying to follow in your footsteps?
“Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something no matter what level you are playing. No matter how tall you are, how fast you are, how slow you are – if you don’t run a 4.4 (40-yard dash), run that 4.5 and then go do something that the 4.4 guy can’t do.”
What is your favorite dessert?
“Red velvet cheesecake.”