Redshirt senior receiver Koilan Jackson has officially moved to a tight end. The announcement came from Head Coach Sam Pittman during his spring practice press conference on Monday.
Jackson has struggled with injuries during his Razorback career. His freshman season was put on hold due to a torn ACL during fall camp. Jackson appeared in three games during the 2018 campaign before experiencing more significant playing time in 2019. He recorded a touchdown against Ole Miss and finished the season averaging 12.7 yards per catch. Jackson seemed ready for a breakout season in 2020 before another knee injury sidelined him for the year.
The position change could prove to be a game-changer for the senior in his last season. The former receiver is sure to offer some speed from the tight end position to match Kendal Briles’ offensive pace. The Arkansas tight end room is primed to bring both speed and physicality to the table between Jackson, Blake Kern, and Hudson Henry in 2021.
Jackson also changed his number to one that is familiar to the family. 88 is what his father, Keith, wore during his legendary football career at tight end.