Jackson anxious to go again

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

Tristan Jackson was holding court yesterday in the Edmonton Eskimos locker-room.

Four days after scoring a pair of touchdowns in a victory over the Toronto Argonauts, the Eskimos cornerback was still the centre of attention.

It's something he's going to have to get used to if he continues to play the way he did last week.

"It's crazy right now and I'm a little nervous, but I guess I could do this every week if I had to," Jackson said.

"I think I have to be in a little better shape though. I was really tired after that second return. Maybe I have to do an extra little bit of running."

Jackson intercepted a pass in the third quarter of Thursday's game and took it back 89-yards for a touchdown. Five minutes later he returned a punt 61 yards for a score.

It was his first career start at the corner position.

"I think it was OK," he said. "I would give myself a B, just because I scored. If I wouldn't have scored I probably would have given myself a C-minus. I was beaten on a couple of routes I shouldn't have been beaten on."

The soft-spoken native of Beaumont, Miss., is a harsh self critic, despite being one of the main reasons the Eskimos won the contest.

"Tristan has been dynamite," said Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. "He's extremely patient (returning kicks). He gives the blocks an opportunity to set themselves up. And once he sees that they're all set up, he hits it."

Making Jackson's punt return even more impressive was the fact the Esks were a man short on the play.

"They punted the ball and Tristan fielded it, went the distance and I just turned to him and said it was his lucky day that we were able to score with 11," said Maciocia.

"Having said that, (special teams) coach Noel Thorpe classified that as a crime, so it's going to cost him $75."


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