There are a core group of players who UB fans will remember as the group which bought into Turner Gills system, became leaders, and lifted Buffalo Bulls football from the Abyss and into the light that was the 2008 MAC Championship. Among that group was Gates Chili High School wide receiver Ernest Jackson. He was the "Third Man" in the receiving corps behind Naaman Roosevelt and Brett Hamlin but on special teams he was the difference maker.
During the championship season Jackson was nominated the conferences special teams player of the year on Multiple Occasions. His best game of the year was arguably against the then #5 ranked Missouri Tigers. Jackson returned a kick 97 yards for a touchdown against and he had had four catches for 55 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the afternoon. He accounted for all 21 of UB's points on the afternoon.
After College Jackson returned to Rochester New York where he works as a teacher assistant and a support professional. After a couple of years away from Professional football Jackson strapped on the cleats in 2011. His return to football started with the Erie Explosion who were at that time a member of the new Defunct Southern Indoor Football League.
Jackson was on the Explosion when they were on the fun end of a 138-0 blowout win over the Fayetteville Force. Jackson hauling in a touchdown.
The next season Jackson transitioned to the Indoor league's Chicago Slaughter and after one year of arena ball Jackson was signed by the Canadian Football league.
After signing with BC Jackson worked his way from the practice squad onto the field. Then at Toronto in August 6th, in his first CFL game he lead the lions with 87 receiving yards on four catches in his very first game. The rest of the way, Ernest saw action in nine more games and ended up with 347 yards on 27 receptions including four games with four or more catches. He also picked up valuable rushing yards as well averaging 10.8 yards on eight carries including a 15-yard TD run on Aug. 19 vs Saskatchewan..
The following season Jackson was used primarily as a reserve receiver, starting two regular season games. He started on July 30 vs Toronto and again in September against Drew Willy and the Saskatchewan Rough Riders. Against Saskatchewan he hauled in four passes for 32 yards. He spent time on the injured reserve later in the season and looks to return as a contributor again this year.
A big date to Watch for is June 25th when the BC Lions host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Bombers' acquired Jackson's college teammate, Drew Willy, as their starter this year.