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Former Canes DL Jackson declares candidacy for Florida House Seat

Abbey Radeka

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The first 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate is tonight, but that’s not the only political development happening in Miami. Former Miami Hurricanes player, Demetrius Jackson, has left the football field to enter the political field, and run for Miami-Dade County’s House District 109.

Jackson played primarily, as a reserve defensive lineman for the University of Miami, and in his four years with the Canes, he played in 39 games, recorded seven sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss.

The former lineman will propose a challenge to incumbent, James Bush III, as he may be a newcomer to politics, he is certainly known among the area. The Miami native graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and stayed in South Florida for college. Jackson graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and is planning on finishing his Master’s degree in public administration this year.

It’s not entirely uncommon to see athletes enter into the political arena, but it is not often that a player who just finished playing college football is running for office the following year, as Jackson played for the Hurricanes in 2018.

On his official campaign website he wrote,

“As a former University of Miami Hurricanes football player, raised in the Overtown Community, I have witnessed people within our communities experiencing loss through their families, their homes, their workplaces and much more. Therefore, I have chosen to take my talents off the football field and into the political arena; using my educational background and experience, along with my competitiveness to make the much needed changes within our communities.”

While this is his first chance at making a change in Miami-Dade politics, he is not new to bringing change in his community. In 2017 while off the field due to injury, he founded his own charity “The Young Men of Tomorrow,” setting out to combat the violence in the city of Miami. This led to him winning Community Service Man of the Year award at the annual team banquet that season.

There have been some former football stars to run for political office in the past. Tennessee college and Washington Redskins QB Heath Shuler served in the U.S. House representing a district in North Carolina for six years (2007-13) and former Seahawks great Steve Largent served as an Oklahoma congressman for eight years in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Jackson is one of three Democratic candidates vying for the seat in office. For now, Jackson is in full campaign mode leading up to the primary in March.

Abbey is a native Floridan who grew up a fan of all Tampa Bay sports teams. She’s recently graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Media Communication Studies. In her time at FSU, she was an In-Game Host for the Basketball and Baseball teams, and reported for Seminole Sports Magazine, producing feature stories that appeared on Fox Sports Sun. She’s excited to share her perspective on all of Florida’s Football teams, especially the Seminoles.

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Not so fast on QB D’Eriq King coming to Hurricanes?

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24 hours later it doesn’t look dead certain that Houston transfer quarterback D’Eriq King will end up at the University of Miami after all.

In fact, it may be several days before we know the coveted grad transfer QB decides to do.

This after a report Sunday out of Houston from Fox 26 Sports director Mark Berman ,who got comments from King about his short term plans and visits:

It is interesting that King is considering Maryland in the mix in addition to powerhouse LSU and possibly trying to revitalize Miami.

As our Jamil King wrote on Sunday it looked like the Houston standout quarterback was “e-ticketed” for Coral Gables and to come as a package deal with newly hired offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. Lashlee, who has previously been at Auburn and the SMU offensive coordinator the last couple of seasons, was hired two weeks ago to help jump start the Canes disastrous offense from the second half of last year.

Quarterback play plagued the Canes in 2019 with Jarren Williams showing flashes of great play followed by freshman mistakes and inconsistency. N’kosi Perry found his way into some games, but was also inconsistent in his own right. Miami suffered humiliating losses to FIU and at Duke to close the regular season.

Then, the Hurricanes were completely inept in the Independence Bowl, while being shut out 14-0. This, while rumors were swirling everywhere that coach Manny Diaz would be firing his first year offensive coordinator, Dan Enos. Enos, who had been the QB coach at Alabama, was fired the next day.

Back to King, if the Hurricanes are able to land him, they get a player who over his career at the University of Houston threw for 4,925 yards for an average of 8.2 yards per attempt and tossed 50 touchdowns with only ten interceptions.

King also completed almost 62% of his passes with the Cougars, adding another 28 touchdowns on the ground. He promises to bring some explosives, something the Canes desperately needed, if they can land him.

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Hurricanes land Houston QB transfer King

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Miami Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz found out very quickly that the life if a head coach isn’t an easy one. He saw his Miami Hurricane offense move nothing like a “Hurricane” at all.

Instead of fast and lethal, it was often slow and stagnant.

Thus, Diaz had to go in a different direction for his offense replacing his first-year offensive coordinator Dan Enos, and he made what looks to be like a strong hire in Rhett Lashlee, bringing his spread offense over from SMU.

Quarterback play plagued the Canes in 2019 with Jarren Williams showing flashes of great play followed by freshman mistakes and inconsistency. N’kosi Perry found his way into some games but was also inconsistent in his own right.\

With New OC Lashlee coming in, it was going to be interesting if either Williams or Perry could run the new system or if seldom used 2019 transfer Tate Martell may be the best fit?

All of those questions may be answered for us already with news coming out today on a new Miami quarterback entering the fold. Houston transfer D’Eriq King has decided to play for the Canes in 2020.

King is an immediate upgrade in the QB room for a few different reasons for the Hurricanes in 2020. First, over his career at the University of Houston (above), King has thrown for 4,925 yards for an average of 8.2 yards per attempt and tossed 50 touchdowns with only ten interceptions.

King also completed almost 62% of his passes with the Cougars, adding another 28 touchdowns on the ground. The young man can flat out play ball, something the Canes desperately needed.

King is also going to be a leader in the locker room and the quarterback room. He is an older guy and will be someone everyone can look up to and listen to another coach on the field. King also brings the most to this offense.

He has the ability to make deep throws to the far side or hit a man in stride. He also brings the running ability to the offense that opens up a Pandora’s box for Lashlee. He can use the QB designed run, an option here and there, and lots of RPOs.

The addition of King is certainly an exciting one, and once again, for the second offseason in a row, there is new optimism on the offense in Coral Gables.

The question is this time will the excitement last longer into the season, and will it produce?

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