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High profile: Dexter Jackson

By ROGER MILLS, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 8, 2002


THE MAN

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Dexter Jackson
Jackson is 6 feet 1, 203 pounds and has played in 52 games with 27 starts in his fourth season out of Florida State. Born July 28, 1977, Jackson is from Quincy, is single and lives in Tampa. A fourth-round draft pick (113th overall), Jackson would be groomed to replace starter Damien Robinson.

THE LEARNING CURVE

After a solid senior season with the Seminoles, finishing second on the team with 69 tackles, Jackson played primarily on special teams, finishing fifth as a Bucs rookie with 17 special-teams tackles.

COMING OF AGE

In 2000, his second season, Jackson began showing signs of buying into the defensive scheme. He played in 13 regular-season games and had 30 tackles and five passes defensed. In the playoff loss at Philadelphia, Jackson had three tackles and convinced the Bucs that he was ready to step in as a starter. That offseason, Robinson signed with the Jets. "I guess being in the system a year, I was able to understand what coach (Monte) Kiffin was trying to get us to run," Jackson said. "Then once you get that comfort, you stop second-guessing yourselves. Instead of thinking, you react."

THE NEW STARTER

Jackson made an immediate impact as a starter, with five tackles, two passes defensed and his first career interception in a 10-6 Bucs win over Dallas on Sept. 9, 2001. Jackson finished the season with 78 tackles, four interceptions and 11 passes defensed and started 15 games, missing one with an injury. "The mental and physical abuse you take as a starter is completely different," Jackson said. "I've learned how long the season is when you play 70 snaps in game, 16 games in a season."

EYEING THE MAN

This season, Jackson has played increasingly better and is routinely making plays at the line of scrimmage as well as in the secondary. Going into today's game, Jackson is fifth on the team with 69 tackles and has two interceptions. As the free safety, Jackson's primary job is to prevent the long ball and force Falcons quarterback Michael Vick into running into the front seven. From time to time, he switches with strong safety John Lynch and becomes the run stopper. Today that includes watching Vick.


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