Carlton Jackson will start Saturday against Kent State in the home opener.
As I predicted, Jackson showed his ability more clearly in a live game than during practice situations, where it is difficult to gauge running ability.
Brookhart added that Jackson still needs to take care of the ball better, which was evident watching the Florida native carry the ball like a loaf of bread while running.
I didn't expect J.D. Brookhart to make a public decision until gametime. Why? He has always been secretive in regards to his quarterback situations. In press conferences last season, he said "CJ" would backup Luke Getsy. Jackson and Chris Jacquemain share those initials, so it wasn't so helpful. Further, the coach repeatedly delayed his quarterback decision during camp, naming Jacquemain starter only a week before the opener against Army.
Other notes from the press conference:
Brookhart acknowledged some obvious obseverations: Dennis Kennedy needs to run faster and more physically. Also, Bryan Williams deserves more carries.
He added that Kent State likes to establish the running game, then beat defenses downfield with play action fakes.
Brookhart implied that Kellen Lewis is a great athlete, and Julian Edelman probably won't outrun as many Zips defenders or make them miss so often. Let's hope the team prepares as if it has to stop Lewis.
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