‘Dude is electric’: RB Don Jackson makes highly anticipated Ticats debut

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats added home run hitting ability to the lineup for Labour Day against the Toronto Argonauts.

Running back Don Jackson will make his debut with the black and gold after working to learn the offence and earn an opportunity to suit up.

“Dude is electric. I’m so excited to have him back there with us,” quarterback Dane Evans said.

“Everyone knows what he did in Calgary, just turn the tape on and watch that. I’m excited to see him do that in the black and gold. He’s been working his butt off.”

The 27-year-old spent his first two CFL seasons in Cowtown playing 20 games for the Stampeders. He rushed 218 times for 1,170 yards — 5.4 yards per carry — while catching 44 balls for 300 yards. Jackson nearly broke the 1,000-yard mark in 13 games during his rookie year up north — 924 yards in 13 games.

“He’s fully healthy, he’s been biding his time. Don will see some carries. I’m not sure if you can have enough great players, I don’t know if that really exists,” head coach Orlondo Steinauer said.

Jackson comes on the roster with Sean Thomas-Erlington remaining the starter. The national back has 25 carries for 122 yards (4.9 yards per carry) and one touchdown while catching nine passes for 40 yards in three games to begin the 2021 season.

“We don’t look at every time somebody rotates as a controversy, we look at it as what’s best for the football team,” Steinauer said.

Following the 2016 NFL Draft, Jackson signed an undrafted free agent contract with Green Bay. He played three games, starting one, for the Packers carrying the ball 10 times for 32 yards prior to suffering a left hand injury. Green Bay selected three running backs in the following draft and released Jackson afterwards.

The University of Nevada product played with current Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Cody Fajardo in the NCAA. Jackson totalled 527 carries for 2,368 rushing yards (4.5 yards per carry) and added 23 receptions for 269 receiving yards while amassing 21 touchdowns in 35 games with the Wolfpack.

Jackson provides a play-making option for the Ticats offence.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.