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2016 Oakland Raiders Gameday 8

Gameday MAGAZINE 91 Q: The offensive line is one of the best in the league, what makes you so good as a unit? Jackson: “For one, our offensive line coaches and the quarterbacks coaches. They do a great job of game-planning every week to make sure we know who we’re going to get, who we’re going to see on the field. For us, it’s studying and applying at practice and working on it diligently.” Q: How would you describe this offensive line? Jackson: “The one thing I would say is definitely hard working. Everybody individually is different, as far as personality-wise and what skills they bring to the table. But we all have one thing in common, to work hard, the grind mentality.” Q: What was your initial reaction when they told you they were going to switch you to the right side of the line? Jackson: “I would say I was a little uneasy because I didn’t know what to expect. I was like, ‘Aw man, I have to do something I’ve never done before.’ I always had a positive attitude about it. I was always told that if I put my mind to it, I can do it. I truly believe that. It’s been working out. I think I’ve transitioned well. The first part of the season was a little shaky for me, a little rough, but I feel like it’s panning out.” Q: Your first season here the Raiders started out 0-10. Did you ever imagine getting to this point so quickly? Jackson: “I didn’t know how quick it was going to be, but I remember our rookie year Derek Carr was telling me, ‘It’s not always going to be like this. We’re going to win championships around here and going to go to playoffs and all this stuff.’ I was visualizing it, trying to think past where we were, back then. Now that we’re here, I can’t say he was lying.” Q: In high school your dad was your coach. How was it playing for him? Jackson: “The first year or two was tough because the way he coached and how hard he pushed me was real rough. At the end it was fun. Just to see the excitement in his eyes and the satisfaction he had, knowing that the time that he put in with me and all the extra runs and workouts payed off. For him to see me succeed, it’s a good feeling seeing your dad happy.” Q: Would you say he’s your biggest mentor? Jackson: “Oh yeah, definitely. Hands down. Not even close.” Q: You played on both sides of the ball in high school. Why did you choose offense over defense in college? Jackson: “Well my dad told me, ‘If you want to hear your name called a lot, then play defense, but if you want to have a long successful career, then play offensive line.’ He’s older than me and he’s been around football a lot longer than I was, so I had no choice but to listen.” Q: What was your favorite memory from playing at Mississippi State? Jackson: “It’s hard to pick one favorite memory, but I’d definitely have to say that winning the Egg Bowl my senior year and us clinching the


2016 Oakland Raiders Gameday 8
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