Bernard Jackson
Jackson before the 2007 Spring Game
Date of birth: (1985-04-02) April 2, 1985 (age 36)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Career information
Position(s): QB
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
College: Colorado

Bernard Lewis Jackson (born April 2, 1985) is a former American football player. He played college football as a quarterback at the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a junior, he was the starter for a majority of the 2006 season before losing his eligibility for academic reasons for his senior season.

High school

Jackson played quarterback for the Santiago Sharks at Santiago High School in Corona, California.



Jackson redshirted his freshman year at Colorado, where he was a communications major. In 2004, he saw action in six games at wide receiver and punt returner with minimal statistics recorded. He dislocated his elbow during a punt return which caused him to miss three games.

In 2005, Jackson saw action in six games early in the season, mainly in spot action and as a kick returner and tailback, again recording minimal statistics.


With a new head giving coach, Dan Hawkins, all positions were up for grabs (except the kicker, which Mason Crosby already had a lock on the position), especially the quarterback position with Joel Klatt's eligibility used up.[1] James Cox, the only senior quarterback on the team and the only quarterback with career starts for experience was thought to be the favorite. But he missed all of spring training with a broken thumb while his two main competitors, juniors Jackson and Brian White practiced. (Cody Hawkins, also the head coach's son, redshirted for the 2006 season.) On August 20, 2006, Coach Hawkins announced Cox would be the starting quarterback.[2][3] He started the first game of the season on September 2, 2006 against Division I-AA Montana State. Colorado lost the game 19-10 in the start of the horrible season. Cox went 8-22 with no touchdowns or interceptions. Cox was surprisingly replaced as starter the following week by Jackson.[4][5] Jackson remained the starter for the rest of the season.

Jackson was named as an honorable mention to the Colorado Buffaloes's all-decade team due to his excellence on and off the field.[6]


Jackson had strong competition from Cody Hawkins, Matt Ballenger, and Nick Nelson to remain the quarterback for this season. He was named one of three captains for the 2007 season prior to spring practice, where it was reported he may switch to another position.[7] However, he was not able to remain academically eligible.


Jackson played his final year of eligibility at Division II CSU–Pueblo, with 34 receptions for 453 yards. He completed his degree in 2011.[8]


College statistics[9][10]
Passing Rushing
Season G Att Com Int Pct. Yds TD Long Att Yds Avg. TD Long
2004 6 2 2 0 100.0 59 0 41 1 3 3.0 0 3
2005 6 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 8 10 1.3 0 7
2006 12 219 108 7 49.3 1298 7 63 155 677 4.4 7 62
Totals 24 221 110 7 49.8 1347 7 63 164 690 4.2 7 62

Legal trouble

Jackson and teammate Lionel Harris were arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery and felony menacing in connection with a June 5 robbery in an apartment in the 1000 block of University Avenue. On January 22, 2009 Jackson plead guilty to lesser crimes and was sentenced to 5 and one-half years in prison.[11] On December 1, 2009, Jackson was released on probation, which would continue until late 2014.[12]

Coaching career

From 2011 to 2014, Jackson was wide receivers coach at CSU–Pueblo.[8]

From 2015- Current. Coach Bernard Jackson; Better known as Coach B Jack by players. Has coached quarterbacks and, occasionally wide receivers. For Pueblo East High School; 3 time state Champions for 3A football in the South Central League division in Colorado.


  1. Erich Schubert (2006-03-10). "Spring is Upon Us". Retrieved 2007-03-14.
  2. Erich Schubert (2006-08-20). "James Cox Named Starting Quarterback for Buffs". Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2006-08-25.
  3. Kyle Ringo (2006-08-30). "A long-awaited fresh start".,1713,BDC_2524_4958297,00.html. Retrieved 2007-03-14.[dead link]
  4. Kyle Ringo (2006-10-31). "Cox: 'It's always something'". Archived from the original on November 7, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-14.
  5. Jake Schaller (2006-09-04). "CSU 14, CU 10 at Invesco Field at Mile High". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-03-14.
  7. Kyle Ringo (2007-03-18). "Jackson may move from QB". Archived from the original on 2007-03-22. Retrieved 2007-03-19.
  8. 8.0 8.1
  9. "Bernard Jackson". 2006-08-01. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011.
  10. "2006 Season Statistics" (PDF). Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2007-03-19.
  11. "Former Buffs sentenced to 5½ years for armed robbery". 2009-01-22. Archived from the original on January 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  12. Frei, Terry (August 14, 2010). "Support comes from surprising places for ex-CU player". Denver Post. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
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