Darryl Jackson was named wide receivers coach at Arizona State in December, 2000 as part of head coach Dirk Koetter's original ASU staff. Jackson came with Koetter from Boise State where he also tutored the receivers from 1997-2000. In his role, Jackson oversees one of the key elements in Koetter's high-octane offensive attack, which has ranked in the top-five in the nation in passing offense each of the last two years. In only five years at ASU, Jackson has already guided two of the top receivers in school history in Shaun McDonald and most recently Derek Hagan. Last season Hagan concluded his career as ASU's all-time leader in receptions (258), receiving yards (3,939) and touchdown receptions (27) and 100-yard receiving games (18). The Miami Dolphins picked Hagan in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. In 2005, Hagan, who was a Biletnikoff semifinalist for the second consecutive season and a first-team All-Pac-10 selection, led ASU in receiving for the third consecutive season, catching 77 passes for 1,210 yards. His per-game average of 100.8 receiving yards was No. 10 in the nation. In addition to Hagan's production, three other Sun Devil wide receivers - Terry Richardson (37), Matt Miller (24) and Moey Mutz (21) - caught 20 or more passes and combined for 13 touchdown receptions. In 2004, Jackson saw two of his student-athletes awarded All-Pac-10 honors. A Biletnikoff semifinalist, Hagan earned second-team All-Pac-10 accolades in addition to second-team All-America honors, while Richardson was an honorable-mention all-league selection. Hagan's 2004 season produced a school record 104.0 receiving yards per game, which ranked No. 7 in the nation. Richardson was second on the team and ninth in the league in 2004 with 56.6 yards per game. He hauled in 45 receptions for 679 yards and six touchdowns. In 2003, Hagan and senior Skyler Fulton both earned honorable-mention All-Pac-10 honors and etched their names in the Sun Devil record books. Hagan finished 19th in the country with 89.7 receiving yards per game, and with 66 catches for 1,076 yards, ended up second and fifth (at the time) on the ASU single-season receiving charts, respectively. Fulton, who was named the team's Most Valuable Offensive Player, caught 10 touchdown passes, which ranks sixth on the ASU single-season charts, while Hagan had nine, which is eighth on that list. A first-team Academic All-Pac-10 selection and Academic All-District honoree, Fulton signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts. In 2002, junior Shaun McDonald, a Biletnikoff Award finalist, had arguably the best season of any receiver in ASU history, finishing with 1,405 yards receiving on 87 catches, both Sun Devil records. His average of 100.4 receiving yards per game (3rd in the Pac-10) equaled his own school record from 2001. McDonald, who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, also had three games with 10 or more receptions and totaled more than 200 receiving yards in a game twice. Jackson saw McDonald haul in four receiving touchdowns vs. San Diego State to tie the Pac-10 record. In addition, Hagan, who was named to the 2002 Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman team, set an ASU freshman receiving record with 32 catches, breaking the old mark set by College Football Hall of Famer John Jefferson. In 2003, Jackson also served as an intern and coach with the Detroit Lions as part of the National Football League's Minority Internship Program, while in 1999, he served in the same capacity with the Philadelphia Eagles. In Jackson's first year in Tempe, McDonald led the Pac-10, finished 10th in the nation and originally set the all-time school record of receiving yards per game. Jackson coached McDonald to back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons after McDonald notched 358 yards in his freshman year. Jackson joined Koetter's staff in 1998 after then Boise State head coach Houston Nutt left for Arkansas. Jackson kept his title when joining Koetter's staff and has paid dividends ever since. 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 the 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. A 1992 graduate of the University of San Diego, Jackson was a four-year starter in the defensive backfield. He was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. Jackson earned his degree in diversified liberal arts with an emphasis in education and later earned his master's degree, also from San Diego, in education in 1994.
THE JACKSON FILE
Born: December of 1968 in Harbor City, Calif.
High School Education: Junipero Serra High School, Los Angeles, Calif., 1987
College Education: University of San Diego, 1992; University of San Diego, 1994
College Football: University of San Diego, 1987-90
Coaching Career: University of San Diego, 1991-94; University of the Redlands, 1994-95; Indiana State University, 1995-97; Boise State, 1997-2000; Arizona State, 2000-present
Recruiting Area: Los Angeles, Calif.
Professional Players Coached
|Derek Hagan||Arizona State||Miami Dolphins|
|Ryan Dennard||Arizona State||Utah Blaze|
|Skyler Fulton||Arizona State||Indianapolis Colts|
|Shaun McDonald||Arizona State||St. Louis Rams|
|Justin Taplin||Arizona State||Utah Blaze|
|Jeb Putzier||Boise State||Denver Broncos|