What's in a name?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:25 AM ET

BURLINGTON -- What Tristan Jackson nickname do you like?

A) Trizmo

B) TJ

C) The Piston

D) Mississippi Rocket

E) 38 Special

After scoring return touchdowns in back-to-back games - and garnering his second consecutive CFL special teams player of the week honour yesterday - Jackson is getting more media attention on this road trip than Ricky Ray.

The fact fans are trying to settle on a nickname for a player that has been in the league for just four regular-season games tells you how much excitement he has caused.

For the record, the Edmonton Eskimos ace returner doesn't really care what nickname people settle on.

Head coach Danny Maciocia calls him TJ. One of the equipment staffers calls him Mississippi Rocket.

The national media has already referred to him as Trizmo. Hamilton head coach Charlie Taaffe has already called him Trizmo this week.

But what is more intriguing is how Jackson is handling himself around his teammates and the media during his sudden fame as the CFL's most electrifying return man.

There is no ego.

There is no strut to his walk.

His upbringing from his Mississippi family - mom is a caretaker of older disabled people while dad has a car dealership - has made him humble.

"My mom always told me: It is not all about you. You are not the only person in this world," said Jackson. "If I make my team mad, they won't want to block for me and I won't get yards."

If you listen closely to Jackson after every big return, the first words out of his mouth are about praising his blockers. Maciocia had no idea how good Jackson would be when he first met him this year, but he knew he had a 22-year-old young man with a level head on his shoulders.

"My first conversation with Tristan went on for about three minutes but I think I must have spoke for two minutes and 58 seconds," said Maciocia.

"It was just, 'Yes sir. No sir.'

"I couldn't get him to say anything else. Right off the bat, I knew what we had as far as an individual is concerned."

Now that he has become a threat to score every time he touches the ball on punt and kickoff returns, Jackson is making his teammates sit up and listen in meetings.

"There is a sense of excitement in our special teams meetings when we sit and watch film. We watch coach (Noel) Thorpe go up on the board and design returns for Tristan, you can tell that he has got the attention of the whole room," explained the head coach. "Not only the people that are actually out there that have an assignment but even guys like Kamau Peterson or Jason Tucker who are sitting there wondering - how are we going to score this week. We haven't had that for the longest of time."

The task of finding the end zone in tomorrow's game against the host Hamilton Tiger-Cats (5 p.m. MT, CHED, TSN) will likely be a lot tougher for Jackson and his Eskimo teammates, though, because Taaffe has already said he doesn't want the ball kicked to Trizmo.

FINISH LINES: As if practising on the road and away from the luxuries of home is not enough, Mother Nature forced the Esks off the field turf at McMaster University after just a few moments of yesterday's practice.

Rain and lightning left the club in a gym for the majority of the session.


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