|Title:||Secondary & Special Teams Coordinator|
|Areas Covered:||Massachusetts (E 495 / N I-90), Florida|
|Alma Mater:||Univ. of San Diego ('92)|
|At Bryant Since:||2012|
Darryl Jackson enters his seventh season as the secondary and special teams coordinator in 2017.
Jackson has transformed Bryant's secondary into one of the best in the NEC and the special teams unit into one of the best in the country. The Bulldogs have ranked in the top half of the league in nearly every special teams category in each of his six seasons. Jackson has developed an outstanding crop of kick returners that includes three All-NEC selection and an All-American in the last three years.
In 2017, Jean Constant shattered the Bryant program record for kick return yards with 989 and finished second nationally in combined return yards. Constant would go on to earn All-NEC First Team honors and became the first returner in school history to earn All-American honors when he was tabbed a STATS FCS All-American. In addition, defensive back Andre Brackett was named the NEC Defensive Rookie of the Year and Gavin Rowley became the first kicker in DI program histor to earn All-NEC honors.
In 2016, the Bulldogs featured an All-NEC return specialist for the second-straight season as Matt Sewall earned second team honors. Jackson also watched as Charles Wingate earned All-NEC First Team and All-New England honors.
In 2015, Jose Depadua put together one of the best seasons for a kick returner in program history under Jackson's watchful eye. Depadua finished third nationally in kick return average (29.3), returned two kicks for touchdowns and was named Second Team All-NEC.
In 2014, Jackson led a group that finished sixth in the country in kickoff returns and fourth in the country in punt return defense (2.75). Two returners, Ricardo McCray and Jose Depadua, enjoyed outstanding campaigns. McCray finished second in the country with 32.5 yards per return and Depadua was 25th in the country with 24.3 yards per return.
In 2013, the Black and Gold finished third in the NEC in kick coverage (37.0) and fourth in kick return average (20.4).
In his first season, Jackson helped make the Black and Gold one of the top special teams units in the league. Under Jackson's tutelage, the Bulldogs led the league in punt return average (11.1) and kickoff coverage (42.3), while finishing third in punting average (33.3). Freshman kicker Dom Kozlowski led the league with 18 touchbacks and finished second with average kick of 60.6 yards.
At Florida Atlantic, Jackson was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2009 after two seasons as the wide receivers coach. As the offensive coordinator, he dealt with a midseason quarterback replacement (2009) and installed an entirely new offensive line in 2010. His third season he worked around the insertion of a new quarterback.
Jackson originally joined Florida Atlantic's staff in the spring of 2007 and was introduced to a young receiving core that became even younger with the loss of the team's leading receiver prior to camp. As the season progressed, he not only had one of the team's strongest assets, but saw redshirt sophomore Cortez Gent develop into a big-play threat. Gent concluded the season with nine 2007 touchdowns, which ties FAU's single-season mark. Gent also ended his sophomore campaign second in single-season yards, in 12 games compared to the record holder's 14 games.
During the season, five receivers were used consistently and 16 players were credited with a catch. The group teamed with quarterback Rusty Smith for 33 touchdowns, which also broke the single-season touchdown record for a quarterback. Gent earned first team All-Sun Belt honors as did tight end Jason Harmon. Jackson returned all but one receiving option for his second season, tight end Jason Harmon who suffered a knee injury in the spring game, and used that experience to build upon the team's success. The Owls tallied 3,312 yards and 25 scores despite facing four bowl teams, including Texas which was in the hunt for a national championship until late in the season. The receivers were on target for 20 receptions and two scores in the 2008 Motor City Bowl, a game saw the Owls become just the only program in the state to win back-to-back bowl championships in 2007-2008 and the only team in the history of the Sun Belt to win back-to-back bowls.
His first season as the Owls offensive coordinator, 2009, Jackson was faced with replacing the program's most decorated quarterback due to injury seven games into the season and during the heart of conference play. The transition was smooth with Jeff Van Camp posting a 3-2 record, a 141.22 efficiency rating. Van Camp threw just two interceptions in 10 games, both occurring in his first collegiate start and both were deflections. The junior was credited with 12 passing scores and three rushing. His effort was aided with the running ability of Alfred Morris who earned the SBC rushing title with 1,392 yards. Morris the team's MVP ended his sophomore campaign no. 13 nationally with an average of 116 yards per game. Jackson's receivers were senior laden but also saw the emergence of junior Lester Jean who led the receivers with 501 yards and an average of 41.8 yards per game despite distributing the ball to 10 individuals throughout the season. Jean earned the team's most improve award at season's end.
At Arizona St., Jackson served as Sun Devils' wide receiver coach from 2001-06 and was part of head coach Dirk Koetter's original ASU staff. Jackson accompanied Koetter from Boise State where he also tutored the receivers from 1997-2000.
In his role, Jackson oversaw one of the key elements in Koetter's high-octane offensive attacks, which was ranked in the nation's top-five during the 2004 and 2005 seasons. In his six seasons with ASU, Jackson guided two of the top receivers in ASU's history. In fact Derek Hagan concluded his career as ASU's all-time leader in receptions (258), receiving yards (3,939) and touchdowns receptions (27) and 100-yard receiving games (18). Hagan was a two-time semifinalist for the Biletnikoff award, the second to be considered for the award, and was a first-team All-Pac-10 selection. Jackson worked with four All-Pac-10 selections during his tenure with ASU.
At Boise State, Jackson joined Koetter's staff in 1998 after then Broncos head coach Houston Nutt left for Arkansas. Jackson kept his title when joining Koetter's staff. The 2000 team featured five players averaging over 16.5 yards/catch, while the team finished with over 3,500 total passing yards.
During the 1999 season, the Broncos finished second in the conference in passing offense, averaging better than 250 yards per game.
Before coming to Boise state, Jackson was an assistant coach at Indiana State University from 1995-97.
Prior to Indiana State, Jackson spent a year at Redlands in California. During the 1994 season, Jackson tutored all conference running back Matt Figuerea and second team all-conference player Anthony Jones.
Jackson spent his first season out of college working on the staff at the University of San Diego. He worked with the defensive backs and running backs during his tenure.
Guiding his career much like he would guide his receivers, Jackson also worked on his game by serving three internships with the NFL. In 2007 Jackson served as an intern and coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 2003, he served in the same capacity with the Detroit Lions as part of the NFL's Minority Internship Program. In 1999 he gained his first experience with an NFL club while working with the Philadelphia Eagles.
As a player, Jackson was a four-year starter in the defensive backfield at the University of San Diego. He was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. A native of Los Angeles, Calif., Jackson and his wife Lynn have two daughters, Savannah and Skylar, and a son, Sean.