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Former UMHB standout Blake Jackson is drafted by XFL's Houston Roughnecks

Jackson with the 6th overall pick in the 4th round
Credit: KCEN Editor
Blake Jackson

BELTON, Texas — For the second time in one day, a University of Mary Hardin-Baylor football alum has been drafted by an XFL team. The Houston Roughnecks selected Cru standout Blake Jackson as a wide receiver on the draft’s second day.

Jackson was with the Cleveland Browns in fall camp before he was released with an injury settlement and he was promoted to the Browns active roster for the final week of the regular season last year. This was after spending most of the season on the practice squad. He was a three-year letterman for the Cru from Dobie High School in Houston. 

The Houston native was the starting quarterback for UMHB as a senior and led the team to the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championship. Jackson threw for 171 yards and ran for 119 more and a touchdown in leading the Cru to a 10-7 victory over Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Stagg Bowl XLIV. 

He was named Most Outstanding Player in that game and also earned All-American and All-Region honors from D3football.com. Jackson was voted the American Southwest Conference Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 3,282 yards and 35 touchdowns and rushing for 904 yards and 11 more scores as a senior. 

He was also an Academic All-Conference selection at UMHB. Jackson has also spent time in training camp with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.

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