True freshman from Hartselle making impact for UNA

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Florence, Ala. (WHNT) Bobby Wallace was not even sure Jaylan Jackson would see the field during his freshman season at UNA, but he sure is glad the Hartselle native is playing now.

"We just knew his speed and athletic ability would be a big plus as the year went on so we went ahead and bit the bullet and played him early. We may regret it four years from now," Bobby Wallace joked following UNA's 50-7 win over Newberry. Jaylan Jackson took a short crossing route 66 yards for his first collegiate touchdown in the win.

Playing four seasons at Hartselle allowed Jackson several post season opportunities in high school, but this is a new experience. "There's no better feeling than winning by a large deficit and getting to play and contribute to the game. I love it. It's great."

The Lions are leaning on Jackson as a deep threat more and more as the season goes on. 166 of his 214 receiving yards have come in the last month and UNA has at least one more game to add to his total. UNA will host Tuskegee Saturday at 11:30 a.m.