There was some big news reported today for the Kentucky Football staff. The Wildcats are getting a piece of the Big Blue Wall back in the form of Drake Jackson, former All-SEC offensive lineman under Coach John Schlarman. Jackson will join the staff as a Graduate Assistant and will coach the offensive line alongside Kentucky's new Offensive Line Coach Zach Yenser.
Drake Jackson is filling the role left by former Graduate Assistant, Ryan Finck, who chose to follow former Offensive Line Coach Eric Wolford in his move to the University of Alabama.
Jackson not only helped Coach Schlarman form the identity of the Big Blue Wall but paved his way to be in the conversation as one of the best centers in Kentucky's history. Jackson started 44 consecutive games for the Wildcats and earned himself First-Team All-SEC honors in both the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
After the completion of his Senior year in 2020, Jackson got invited and competed in the Reese's Senior Bowl. He did not get drafted, however, he did spend time last season with several NFL organizations such as the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, and the New England Patriots.
Drake Jackson didn't take long to update his Twitter bio. I would assume this is a pretty good confirmation that Jackson will indeed be the new GA for the University of Kentucky.
I’m always a fan of in-house hiring and this one just makes sense. I expect great things between both Jackson and Yenser in the upcoming season. Drake Jackson brings experience to the table that other candidates just don't have and that is being a part of the best offensive line group in Kentucky Football history. He’ll also become the third former Mark Stoops player to join the coaching staff. Drake Jackson joins Courtney Love, who is the current Director of Player Development, and C.J. Conrad, who is also a Graduate Assistant.