Alex Jackson returns to the SWAC for the second time in his career as he starts his first season as Prairie View A&M’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.
Jackson comes to Prairie View A&M after one season as the offensive quality control coach at the University of Georgia. At UGA, Jackson was a part of an offensive unit which finished fourth overall in the SEC in total offense while leading the league in scoring (41.3 ppg) and rush offense with an impressive 257.8 yards per game. UGA finished second in the SEC East during the 2014 season and defeated Louisville in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.
A native of Quincy, Fla., Jackson spent three seasons at fellow SWAC foe Mississippi Valley State in Itta Bena, Miss. At MVSU, Jackson coached the offensive line before taking over as offensive coordinator midway through the 2012 campaign. Under Jackson’s watch in 2012, MVSU had a 360 degree turnaround as the Delta Devils averaged 23.5 points per game over the final six games after averaging nine points in their first five games. Running back Brandon Stansell was named to the All-SWAC Second Team after tallying 757 rushing yards while wideout Julian Stafford caught 51 receptions for 779 yards.
In the summer of 2013, Jackson received the opportunity to expand on his offensive knowledge as a Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellow for the second consecutive year. Jackson worked with the Houston Texans under former head coach Gary Kubiak. During the summer of 2012, Jackson served as a Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellow as member of the Minnesota Vikings’ staff.
Before moving to Mississippi Valley State, Jackson served as the Offensive Intern/Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the University of Arkansas in March of 2010. Jackson had a memorable stint at UA as the Razorbacks finished 10-2 overall and earned a berth in the Sugar Bowl. The Sugar Bowl appearance marked the team’s first major bowl appearance in two decades.
Jackson had a brief stint in 2010 at Langston University in Oklahoma as the Lions’ tight ends and tackles coach before later moving to co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. While at LU, Jackson coached HBCU All-American tight end Tony Cotton.
Jackson also has high school experience as he served two stints as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach East Gadsden High School in Havana, Fla. during the 2004, 2008 and 2009 seasons. During his prep coaching career, Jackson tutored numerous student-athletes that have garnered Division I football scholarships, most notably, former University of Arkansas wide receiver Lance Ray.
A 2006 graduate of the University of Georgia, Jackson was a two-year starter for the Bulldogs during the 2001 and 2002 seasons. As a senior in 2002, Jackson started 11 games while only missing one start due to illness and two games due to injury. In addition, Jackson was a member of the team that won Georgia’s first SEC championship in 20 years, defeating Florida State for the Nokia Sugar Bowl title, setting a school record for most victories in a season (13), and finished with a final national ranking of No. 3. Furthermore, Jackson was a starter on an offensive line that paved the way for the SEC’s top scoring offense (32.14), and passing efficiency offense (138.91). In 2009, the Macon Telegraph listed Jackson as a candidate for the University of Georgia All-Decade Team.
As a result of his play, Jackson signed a professional contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003 until an injury forced his career to come to a close. Jackson returned to UGA as a result and moved to the sidelines as he assisted the offensive coaching staff as a student assistant working primarily with the offensive line on its way to the 2005 SEC Championship and two bowl appearances.
Jackson graduated with a degree in Speech Communications in 2006. In the summer of 2012, he completed a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Langston University.
THE JACKSON FILE
Hometown: Quincy, Fla.
College: Georgia (2006)
High School: James A. Shanks
2015 Prairie View A&M, offensive coordinator/offensive line
2014 University of Georgia, offensive quality control
2011-13 Mississippi Valley State, offensive coordinator/offensive line
2010-11 University of Arkansas, offensive intern/assistant offensive line
2010 Langston University, co-offensive coordinator/offensive line
2008-09 East Gadsden H.S., offensive coordinator/offensive line