Temple running back Anthony Jackson has moved from the background to the forefront very quickly.
After carrying the football only 12 times for 111 yards and no touchdowns in the Wildcats’ first four games, the 5-foot-7, 180-pound combination of breakaway speed and hard-to-tackle strength exploded for 312 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries in the last three games.
Jackson sprinted 85 yards for a touchdown as Temple won its District 18-5A opener 56-3 at Waco University. In a 28-20 victory over College Station A&M Consolidated, he compiled 94 yards on 14 rushes, carrying seven times for 57 yards on the third-quarter drive that produced the Wildcats’ final TD.
And last Friday at winless Bryan Rudder, Jackson’s rugged first-half touchdown runs of 18 and 2 yards kept Temple’s sputtering squad afloat before the Wildcats scored 31 unanswered points after halftime to prevail 45-24. He finished with 123 yards on 18 carries, plus a 2-point conversion pass to Jared Wiley.