Pueblo West senior running back Derek Jackson rushed for 3,343 yards this season, for his career he has rushed for over 6,000 yards. These numbers alone warrant his selection as the 2012 PrepColorado Offensive Player of the Year. More impressive is the fact these stats were achieved against defenses designed to stop him. Each game teams knew Jackson would carry the ball, they knew what plays he would run and yet Jackson could not be stopped as his Cyclones went 12-1 on the season.
A big play back that averaged nearly ten yards a carry on the season with a long of 96 yards, the 5-9 175 pound Jackson was most effective running between the tackles showing toughness rare in smaller backs. Further, Jackson shouldered a high number of carries this season toting the rock 339 times. Jackson’s consistency is best exemplified in that we was stronger as the season went on. In his final six games, Jackson went over the 300 yard mark five times, including 384 yards against a Windsor squad known for its defense. Although it came in a tough 14-6 semifinal loss, Jackson’s best game may have been the 194 yards against 4A state champs Monarch. The always tough and stingy Coyote D rarely surrenders those types of numbers.
An interesting prospect, Jackson’s no nonsense running style, ability to make people miss, durability and the potential to catch the ball out of the backfield make him an intriguing next level prospect.