EAST LANSING - Despite coming in a 38-18 loss in a rivalry game with Notre Dame, Trishton Jackson’s five-catch 69-yard performance was a welcome sight for Michigan State entering Big Ten play.
“I finally got a rhythm for the game,” said Jackson, who hadn’t caught a pass since the season opener against Bowling Green before breaking out against The Fighting Irish. “I actually got the ball this game, so it was kind of like I got into it fast.”
Jackson’s first reception came on a third-and-10 Brian Lewerke pass, which gained 22 yards midway through second quarter. Two plays later, junior tailback LJ Scott fumbled away what should have been a touchdown pulling the Spartans within a score of Notre Dame.
“That’s all I needed to get me started,” Jackson said. “(Brian) kept trusting me and throwing it to me, and I came down with it.”
Jackson ranks third among Spartan wide receivers in receptions (8) and receiving yards (110) behind sophomore Darrell Stewart and Felton Davis entering Big Ten play.
“Darrell and Felton definitely opened up everything,” Jackson said. “We call ourselves the three-headed monster because I don’t think nobody can stop all three of us one on one. We can do a lot of stuff together … and it can destroy teams because we’ve got a great group of backs also.”
Lewerke considers himself fortunate to have a trio of wide receivers in Stewart, Davis, and now Jackson making plays.
“They are all very dynamic, all have their certain skillsets,” Lewerke said. “It’s awesome to be able to use all of them.”
Jackson entered his sophomore season with a bigger bull’s eye on his back than Stewart and Jackson largely because of his performance in the spring game, where he totaled 168 yards on eight as a go-to target for Lewerke.
“I knew they were going to come strong,” Jackson said. “But it was just me and what I needed to do also.”
Matching up against physical corners last weekend against Notre Dame and likely future NFL Draft pick in Western Michigan Stare Darius Phillips before that has prepared Jackson for the defensive backs he’ll face on weekly basis in the Big Ten.
“Notre Dame had the best set of defensive backs we’ve seen so far, and I was okay,” Jackson said. “It got me in a rhythm and now I’m ready to go into Big Ten play.”