Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5'10" Weight: 178 lbs
Drafted: Second Round Pick, 49th Overall
DeSean Jackson will be in his sophomore season with the Washington Redskins in 2015. Despite the team's woes on offense Jackson surpassed 1,000 receiving yards. The three time pro bowler is looking to surpass 1,000 yards for the third season in a row. Here are five things Redskins fans need to know about him:
#1. DeSean Jackson hails from Long Beach, California and played his high school football at Long Beach Poly.
Here's a list of the accolades he earned:
- Parade Magazine All-American
- 2004 Glenn Davis Award winner by the Los Angeles Times as Southern California's player of the year
- U.S. Army All-American Bowl MVP (seven receptions, 141 yard and 45-yard passing touchdown Performance)
- PrepStar selected him an All-American and a member of its Dream Team Top 100 players
- 2004 Calhisports.com Mr. Football State Player of the Year
- a two-time member of the famed Long Beach Press-Telegram "Best in the West" first team.
As a junior, Jackson caught 43 passes for 821 yards and 11 touchdowns in earning first team accolades. His senior year was even more impressive as his team won the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section title game vs Los Alamitos High 21-6.
He came in as a last-minute replacement on defense and produced two interceptions, one for a 68 yard touchdown. He recorded 60 catches for 1,075 yards and 15 touchdowns, eight were on passes of at least 60 yards or more and two on punt returns.
Coming out of Long Beach Poly, Jackson was a five star recruit in the class of 2005. According to the 247 Sports Composite, he was the No. 22 best player nationally, the No. 4 best wide receiver and No. 4 best player in California. He received offers from the University of California, Arizona State, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee and USC. He chose to play his college football at California.
#2. As a freshman Golden Bear (2005), he started 10 of 11 games and recorded 38 catches, 601 yards (15.8 yards per catch) and seven touchdowns. He had three 100+ yard games that season: New Mexico State (130 yards, one touchdown), UCLA (128 yards, one touchdown) and BYU (130 yards, two touchdowns).
In his sophomore year (2006), he led the Pac-10 in a few categories: Four Punt Return Touchdowns (Pac-10 & NCAA), 18 Receiving Yards per Reception (Pac-10), and 18.2 Yards Per Return (Pac-10). He started all 13 games and recorded 59 catches, 1,060 (18 yards per catch) and nine touchdowns. He had a five reception, 81 yard performance against Texas A&M in the Holiday Bowl had in addition to four 100+ yard games that year: Minnesota ( 114 yards, three touchdowns), Portland State (103 yards, one touchdown), Arizona (131 yards, one touchdown) and Stanford (127 yards).
He was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as a wide receiver and punt returner, first-team AP, Walter Camp Foundation, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News and Rivals.com All-America punt returner and inaugural Randy Moss Award winner as the top return man in the nation. He set school and Pac-10 records for season (4) and career punt return TDs (5) with a 95-yarder against Arizona.
His last year at Cal (2007), he was considered the best. Sporting News and Rivals.com ranked him the No. 1 receiver in the nation and Rivals ranked him as the preseason No. 1 special teams player. Playboy Magazine gave him Preseason All-American honors. He played in 12 games and recorded 65 catches, 762 yards (11.7 yards per catch) and six touchdowns.
He earned first-team All-America honors by the American Football Coaches Association, third-team honors from the Associated Press and an All-Pac-10 Second Team selection at receiver and at punt returner.
#3. DeSean Jackson was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round (49th overall) in the 2008 draft. He had three pro bowl seasons (2009,2010, 2013) with the team in addition to being named to the Sporting News All-Pro First Team (2009) and Associated Press All-Pro Second Team (2009). He spent his first six seasons with Philadelphia before joining Washington in 2014. Despite, Washington's lack luster performance that resulted in a 4-12 season, Jackson still was able to put up good numbers: 56 catches, 1,169 yards (20.9 yards per catch) and six touchdowns.
He also ranked 50th in the NFL's Top 100 Players list for 2015
#4. If you didn't see the fanshot about Jackson's Facebook rapid fire Q&A session on our site, check out the video on his Facebook here. The answers to some questions you may find interesting; i.e. the Biggie vs Tupac debate and funniest teammate.
#5. He is number one on NFL.com's Bucky Brooks' top five deep threat list which is good news for Washington Redskins fans.
Bottom Line: DeSean Jackson coming to Washington was the best move for the organization. It gave Robert Griffin III another weapon and with the way his departure from Philadelphia went down, a "smear campaign" as Jackson called it, he now gets two opportunities every year to show them what they're missing. My bold prediction is he puts up 1,500 yards and 10+ touchdowns as Robert Griffin III's go to guy.