Notre Dame's starting quarterback for '99 and a solid candidate for all-star honors coming off impressive first season as regular in '98 . . . Notre Dame's captain for '99, making him the first single captain for an Irish football team since Rodney Culver in 1991 - and it's only the third time in 32 years there has been a lone captain-elect (Mike Kovaleski in '86 was the other) . . . had waited in the wings for three years and made most of his chance in '98 at first-team quarterback assignment . . . rated fifth nationally among all-purpose quarterbacks in '99 preseason position ratings by The Sporting News . . . displayed all the poise and maturity Irish coaches had hoped to see and made solid progress throughout season as he gained game experience . . . exciting player who makes things happen with his style of play . . . boasts exceptionally strong arm and passing ability, to go with nifty quickness and power as runner . . . graduation of four-year regular Ron Powlus left him as only '98 returnee who had played at all under center . . . gained valuable experience in key situations through latter part of '97 season . . . his abilities to both run and throw the football prompted a definite change in look of Irish offense for '98 . . . projected as Notre Dame's top backup quarterback for '97 behind veteran Powlus . . . came into his own during '96 spring drills after not playing at all as rookie and made solid contributions with his playing time as in fall of '96 . . . boasts some of the same talents of former Irish standout Tony Rice . . . strong, physical player who has proved capable of running Irish attack impressively . . . has made great strides as a passer and has had no problem adapting to specifics of Irish offensive concept . . . a fifth-year player who was approved for extra season of eligibility since he did not play at all as rookie in '95.
AS A JUNIOR: Notre Dame's starting quarterback in '98 (through first 10 games - and then in 1999 Gator Bowl vs. Georgia Tech) finished with one of most efficient and productive seasons of any Irish quarterback . . . finished 13th nationally in passing efficiency (149.5) and 31st in total offense (218.1 yards per game) . . . his 153.51 career passing efficiency rating ranked just behind Irish record-holder Kevin McDougal's 154.4 (1990-93) . . . his career .554 completion percentage (122 of 220) ranks as fifth-highest figure on Notre Dame career chart, behind McDougal's record .622 in 1993 . . . threw only six interceptions in '98, giving him an interception avoidance figure of .0319 which ranked among best single-season numbers in Irish history . . . his .0318 career mark (7 of 220) for interception avoidance ranks second behind Ron Powlus' .0278 (27 of 969) . . . his 9.39 career yards-per-attempt number (220 for 2067) ranks second on Irish career chart behind only McDougal's 0.58 . . . his 16.9 yards-per-completion figure ranks third on Notre Dame career chart, behind only George Izo's 17.3 (1957-59) and John Huarte's 17.0 (1962-64) . . . his 2,181 yards of total offense in '98 ranked fourth all-time in Notre Dame history behind former greats Joe Theismann (2,813 in 1970), Rick Mirer (2,423 in 1991) and Steve Beuerlein (2,246 in 1986) . . . made first-career start in win over fifth-ranked Michigan, throwing two touchdown passes and rushing for 62 yards . . . threw four yards to Dan O'Leary for first Irish score, then completed 35-yarder to Raki Nelson after nearly losing his balance . . . became ninth straight Notre Dame quarterback to win in his first starting assignment . . . had big-time second-half vs. Purdue, finishing with 1999 passing yards and two TD passes to tight end Jabari Holloway - plus another 51-yarder to Holloway that marked longest of his career to that point . . . showed major maturity in leading Irish on 80-yard drive . . . had strong all-around game vs. Stanford, rushing for 100 yards, scoring three rushing TDs and completing 11 of his 15 throws for 163 yards . . . led Irish to quick 21-0 lead within first eight minutes of the game and later led Irish on 99-yard drive for final Notre Dame points . . . his three rushing TDs marked most by an Irish quarterback since Paul Hornung had three (for all the Irish points in 21-14 win) vs. North Carolina in 1956 in final home game of his Heisman Trophy-winning season . . . his 100 rushing yards vs. Stanford marked most by an Irish quarterback since Tony Rice ran for 141 vs. Penn State in 1989 . . . named NBC Sports/Chevrolet Notre Dame MVP vs. Stanford . . . established career bests with 270 passing yards, 31 attempts and 17 completions vs. Army . . . credited with 38-yard TD pass on throw that Bobby Brown fumbled into end zone where Malcolm Johnson recovered it . . . hit Brown for 66-yard TD pass vs. Baylor that marked longest Irish scoring pass since '93 Stanford game when Paul Faila hit Derrick Mayes for 80 yards . . . had career-long 43-yard rushing gain vs. Baylor . . . topped Baylor effort with 68-yard throw to Johnson as part of two-TD pass effort . . . his first 12 pass attempts vs. Navy (for 159 yards), two short of Ron Powlus' record of 14 straight completions vs. Michigan State in '97, and also rushed for 61 yards . . . his .857 single-game completion percentage (12 of 14) vs. Navy tied a Notre Dame record, exactly matching Rick Mirer's numbers vs. Purdue in 1991 and Rick Slager's vs. Northwestern in 1976 . . . had most productive overall day vs. LSU, throwing for career-high 276 yards and two TDs and rushing for 80 yards to share team lead in that category with Autry Denson . . . completed eight-yarder to Johnson to cut LSU lead to 34-27 late in third period, then hit Raki Nelson for 10 yards for game-winning points with 1:27 left in the game . . . named NBC Sports/Chevrolet Irish MVP vs. LSU . . . suffered sprained right knee while taking intentional safety in final seconds of LSU game . . . that sprained MCL kept him out of regular-season finale at USC . . . returned for Gator Bowl - though he could not practice full speed until final week of practice prior to game . . . injury was identical to those suffered earlier in season by safety Benny Guilbeaux (he sat out three games) and Jerry Wisne (he was hurt Nov. 14 vs. Navy and did not return) . . . injury did not require surgery but involved wearing a leg brace for four weeks during rehabilitation . . . started vs. Georgia Tech in '99 Gator Bowl and completed 13 of 24 passes for 150 yards and rushed 12 times for 12 yards and a two-yard third-period scoring run . . . threw for 248 yards in '98 Blue-Gold final spring intrasquad contest on 15-of-31 passing in his team's 38-7 victory.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Irish backup quarterback in '97 . . . played in each of last 10 games in '97 - including vs. LSU in '97 Independence Bowl - the last eight at quarterback . . . played on punt return team vs. Michigan and Stanford . . . worked with Irish in short-yardage situations beginning vs. Pittsburgh, mainly from T-formation . . . ran three yards for TD in only carry vs. Pittsburgh . . . in final minute ran onside kickoff attempt back 40 yards for a TD vs. Pittsburgh . . . was at quarterback for both Irish TD plays vs. USC . . . beginning vs. Boston College, Irish coaches attempted to insert him at quarterback in first half with game in balance to learn more about his capabilities under fire . . . scored a pair of TDs vs. Boston College on runs of three yards for 21-0 lead and one yard for final Irish points . . . completed three of four throws vs. Boston College on first pass attempts of '97 campaign . . . played 21 plays overall vs. Boston College, accounting for 178 total yards during that stretch . . . led Irish on six-play, 67-yard scoring march for second TD vs. West Virginia, completing 45-yarder to Malcolm Johnson, then hitting Johnson again for seven yards and the TD . . . completed five of seven throws for 49 yards vs. LSU in '97 Independence Bowl . . . made 13 regular-season special team appearances.
AS A FRESHMAN: Made first career appearance in reserve role vs. Purdue in '96 . . . completed one of two throws, for six yards to Shannon Stephens, and also rushed three times for 24 yards, including 21-yarder that marked longest rushing gain of the contest . . . played entire fourth period vs. Washington, leading Irish on four series . . . completed three of four throws vs. Washington for 59 yards, including 23-yard TD pass to Shannon Stephens for final Irish points . . . played most of second half vs. Pittsburgh . . . completed both his throws for 58 yards vs. Rutgers, including 38-yarder to Raki Nelson for TD that gave Irish 55-0 fourth-period lead . . . played in six games overall in '96 . . . completed 13 of 17 passes for 145 yards and one TD and rushed 12 times for 59 yards in first Blue-Gold scrimmage in April '96, then came back the following Saturday to earn offensive MVP honors while completing eight of 19 throws for 192 yards and two TDs in second Blue-Gold contest . . . did not see game action as rookie in '95 while ranking as third-team quarterback behind Ron Powlus and Tom Krug.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Named to prep All-America teams by SuperPrep, Prep Football Report and Bluechip Illustrated . . . ranked sixth nationally among quarterbacks by Bluechip Illustrated and 10th nationally by SuperPrep . . . USA Today honorable mention pick . . . one of five quarterbacks named to Super Southern 100 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution . . . rated one of top 100 players nationally by Chicago Sun-Times . . . earned three letters in football as quarterback, defensive back and outside linebacker at Tupelo High School in Tupelo, Miss. . . . first-team all-state quarterback as senior . . . accounted for 2,100 total offense yards as senior in '94, completing 54 of 134 passes for 880 yards, seven TDs and seven interceptions . . . captain of team as senior . . . accounted for 1,525 total offense yards as junior in '93, completing 55 of 124 throws for 842 yards and five TDs and accounting for 20 total TDs . . . two-year rushing totals included 1,698 yards and 20 TDs, including more than 850 yards in '94 . . . helped team to combined 17-8 record his last two seasons . . . played defensive end as a sophomore and started seven games at safety as senior, making 25 tackles and two interceptions in '94 . . . selected for Mississippi-Alabama postseason all-star game . . . earned two letters in track as sprinter and one as forward in basketball . . . full name is Jarious K. Jackson . . . only child in family . . . father Jarious played football at Alcorn State . . . born 5-3-77 in Tupelo, Miss. . . . enrolled in College of Business Administration with major in marketing.
G-GS Time PA PC Int. Pct. Yds. TD LG
1996 6-0 54:06 15 10 0 .667 181 3 38
1997 9-0 28:41 17 8 1 .471 146 1 45
1998 10-10 276:32 188 104 6 .553 1740 13 68
TOTAL 25-10 359:19 220 122 7 .554 2067 17 68