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Carl Jackson
Carl Jackson

Running Backs

22nd year at Iowa

Alma Mater:
Prairie View A&M, 1963

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    Carl Jackson, a member of the University of Iowa coaching staff from 1979-91, is in his ninth year as running backs coach since re-joining the Iowa staff. Carl previously served in that same capacity for the Hawkeyes from 1979-88 and he was Iowa's offensive coordinator from 1989-91. This is his 22nd year on the Iowa football staff.

    Featuring a well-balanced offense, a solid, hard-hitting defense and special teams that rank among the best in the nation, Iowa has appeared in six straight bowl games while winning 51 games over the past six seasons. The six straight post-season appearances mark the second longest streak in school history and have included four January bowl games.

    The Hawkeyes have won 44 games over the past five years, competing in the 2003 Orange Bowl, defeating Florida 37-17 in the 2004 Outback Bowl, defeating LSU 30-25 in the 2005 Capital One Bowl and earning a return trip to the 2006 Outback Bowl and 2006 Alamo Bowl. Iowa has won 27 Big Ten games in the past five seasons, sharing the league title in both 2002 and 2004.

    Iowa's running game in 2007 will feature the solid combination of Albert Young and Damian Sims. Young rushed for 779 yards last season and ranks eighth in career rushing with 2,205 yards. Sims averaged five yards per carry last season while gaining 664 yards, raising his career total to 1,005 yards. In addition, fullback Tom Busch returns for his senior season.

    Iowa's running backs were able to stay healthy in 2005. Young was the Big Ten's leading rusher in conference play with 125 yards per game while earning second team all-Big Ten honors. He rushed for over 100 yards in Iowa's final seven regular season games. He totaled 1,334 rushing yards to rank 17th nationally and he ranked 18th in all-purpose yards (146.7 average). He was a semi-finalist for the Doak Walker Award, which recognizes the top running back in the country.

    The Hawkeyes won 10 games in 2004 despite an amazing rash of injuries at the running back and fullback positions. In the first five games of the season, three running backs suffered season-ending injuries. A fourth running back was injured in the sixth game of the year and he did not return until the final game of the regular season. Two fullbacks also missed games due to injury.

    With walk-on Sam Brownlee and true freshman Damian Sims sharing the rushing game duties, the Hawkeyes still found a way to win, closing the season with an eight game winning streak and winning a share of the league title.

    A key part of Iowa's offensive success in 2002 and 2003 was running back Fred Russell. Russell was first team all-Big Ten in 2002 and second team in 2003. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his last two seasons and ended his career with 2,760 yards, fourth best in school history. The MVP of Iowa's 2004 Outback Bowl win over Florida, Russell averaged over 100 rushing yards per game in each of his final two seasons.

    Russell signed a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins to become the fourth Hawkeye running back coached by Jackson in the past seven years to move onto the NFL. In addition, fullback Edgar Cervantes, a 2003 senior, signed a free agent contract with the New York Giants.

    In 2001 Jackson helped coach running back Ladell Betts to second team all-Big Ten honors and a spot in the Senior Bowl. Betts became the first Iowa player to lead the team in rushing four straight years and he has been a member of the NFL's Washington Redskins the past five seasons. Betts had his best professional season in 2006, rushing for 1,154 yards and totaling 445 yards in pass receptions. He led the Redskins and ranked 18th in the NFL in rushing yards. Betts rushed for over 1,000 yards in both 2000 and 2001 at Iowa. Betts ranks second in career rushing and is one of three Iowa RBs (Russell and Sedrick Shaw are the others) to gain over 1,000 yards in more than one season.

    Jackson has coached nine of the 11 Hawkeye running backs who have rushed for over 1,000 yards in a season and 12 running backs Jackson has coached in college have gone on to play in the NFL.

    During his first 13-year stint with the Hawkeyes Jackson coached five running backs (Tony Stewart, Nick Bell, Dennis Mosley, Rick Bayless and Ronnie Harmon) to 1,000-yard seasons. Mosley in 1979 became the first Iowa player ever to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season and Stewart ended his career as Iowa's career rushing leader (he currently ranks ninth).

    With Jackson on the coaching staff, Iowa has won five Big Ten championships, earning Rose Bowl appearances in 1982, 1986 and 1991. Iowa earned a BCS Orange Bowl appearance in 2002. The Hawkeyes won the 2004 Outback Bowl and the 2005 Capital One Bowl and returned to the 2006 Outback Bowl and the 2006 Alamo Bowl. The Hawkeyes have appeared in eight additional bowl games.

    The Hawkeyes led the Big Ten in total offense and scoring offense in 1990. Iowa was ranked 11th in scoring offense, 14th in rushing offense and 15th in total offense, nationally. In 1991 the Hawkeyes tied the then-school record with 10 victories and were ranked 5th in the nation in the final CNN/USA Today coaches poll. Iowa led the Big Ten in scoring in both 2001 (32.6) and 2002 (37.2).

    Jackson also worked with the Hawkeye kicking game during his previous stint on the Iowa staff. Punter Reggie Roby in 1981 set an NCAA record by averaging 49.8 yards per punt and placekicker Rob Houghtlin was Iowa's career scoring leader before being passed by Nate Kaeding in 2003.

    In 1992, Jackson joined the staff of the San Francisco 49'ers as offensive backfield coach. The 49'ers made the NFL playoffs all five of Jackson's seasons in San Francisco (1992-96), winning the Super Bowl in 1995. He also coached two NFL Pro Bowl games in 1993 and 1994.

    In 1997 Jackson moved to the University of Texas, serving as offensive backfield coach under head Coach John Mackovic. At Texas, Carl coached NCAA rushing and scoring leader Ricky Williams. He coached Lincoln High School in Port Arthur, TX, in 1998.

    Jackson served as running backs coach at North Texas State under Hayden Fry from 1976-78 before coming to Iowa. He coached 14 years (1963-76) in the Texas high school ranks prior to joining Fry at North Texas in 1976.

    An outstanding athlete at Prairie View A&M, Jackson was a two-time all-conference quarterback and first team academic All-American. He was named the school's outstanding athlete in 1961. He placed third in the long jump at the NAIA national track meet in 1961 and second in 1962. His career best leap was 25-3 1/2.

    Jackson earned his B.S. degree in 1963 and his M.S. in 1975, both from Prairie View A&M.

    Jackson was born Aug. 16, 1940, in Bay City, TX. He and his wife, Doris, have two grown children, Carl, Jr. and Cheryl, and two grandchildren, Cara (14) and Aaron (12) Jackson.

    Jackson's Coaching Career

    Iowa RB, 1999-present Texas RB, 1997 San Francisco 49'ers RB, 1992-96 Iowa RB, OC, 1979-91 North Texas RB, 1976-78 high school coach 1963-76, 1998

    "I truly believe that we are in the midst of a new and exciting time in the history of Iowa Football and I am elated to be a part of it.

    Our staff is dedicated to continue to uphold the very rich tradition here at this great university. The University of Iowa does an outstanding job of blending athletics and academics.

    I sincerely believe that when a young man comes to The University of Iowa, he will be involved with a staff and a program philosophy, which has a sincere interest in the total development of the student-athlete. A philosophy which takes a straight forward, fair and honest approach, along with a personal interest in the well being of the players here at Iowa."

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