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Kansas Coach Jeney Jackson Discusses WR Dezmon Briscoe's Future

March 19th, 2010 By Special to DraftNasty

Tim Martin, a former standout wide receiver at Marshall University, knows what it takes to build a champion. After all, he won two national championships during his career with the Thundering Herd during the early to mid nineties. Martin went on to sign with the Detroit Lions in 1997. He also knows what it takes to be successful as an NFL athlete. Martin has been the Assistant Strength & Conditioning coach at the University of Wyoming (1999) and the Head Football Strength & Conditioning coach at UT-Chattanooga for two years (2000-01). Martin had a chance to catch with an old coaching friend to discuss the draft prospects for Kansas junior WR Dezmon Briscoe, currently rated 31st on DraftNasty's Big Board.

I caught up with an old coaching buddy last week to ask about Dezmon Briscoe and his football future. Jeney Jackson and I served as assistant strength coaches at the University of Wyoming in 2000. Coach Jackson had an outstanding playing career at Wyoming from 1994-1997 as a Defensive Back. I’ve coached and played with some explosive athletes but Coach Jackson is the most explosive athlete I’ve seen with a 45 inch vertical and over 11 foot standing broad jump. Coach Jackson left Wyoming in 2004 to become the speed coach for the Kansas Jayhawks football team. In 2006 Coach Jackson took over the Defensive Back coaching job at Kansas. He got an up close look at Desmond Briscoe for three years.

Q: Coach Jackson, tell me a little bit about Dezmon Briscoe?

A: The boy is a baller. He will go up and attack the football in the air, and catch everything in sight. Everyday in practice he made catches that left you with your mouth hanging open. I will put it like this: You don't go for nearly 300 yards receiving against Oklahoma's defense by accident.

Q: How do you think he will do in the NFL?

A: I think Dezmon will only get better. He has a lot of upside, especially with him only concentrating on playing football and not school work. He will be a very good number two receiver in the NFL.

Q: Tell me some things about Dezmon that people wouldn't know?

A: Dezmon plays a lot stronger than people would think.  He didn't go through one workout with the team in the summer before his junior year; he was just working, trying to get eligible for the season.

Q: How were the battles between Briscoe vs. Talib in practice?

A: Talib would get the best of him back then. He was a seasoned vet going against a kid right out of high school. I would have to say, if that match up happened today... it would be a whole different story.

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