COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Lucky played four seasons (2005-08) at Nebraska and compiled 4214 all-purpose yards, fourth-most in school history … Played 50 games, with 29 starts … Averaged 4.6 yards per carry while rushing for 2393 yards … His 135 career receptions rank fourth all-time at NU, and his 75 catches in 2007 are a Huskers record … Top statistical season was his 2007 junior campaign, when he rushed for 1057 yards (4.9 avg.) with nine TDs … Earned Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week award in 2007 vs. Nevada, when he rushed 20-for-233 with three TDs and also caught a TD pass … Twice named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week in ’07 … Tied for team lead with seven rushing TDs as a senior, totaling 517 yards … Occasionally triggered the offense by taking direct snaps from center, and threw four career TD passes … Topped the 1000-yard mark from scrimmage as a sophomore, rushing for 728 yards (5.2 avg.) and adding 383 on 32 receptions
PERSONAL: Lived through seventh grade in Dallas, Texas, and then moved to Los Angeles area … Attended North Hollywood High School, where he rushed for 2036 yards and 40 TDs as a senior … Also won four prep letters in track … Sociology major at Nebraska, and made Big 12 Commissioner’s spring 2007 honor roll … Volunteered time at NU to assist with hospital visits and with Read to Succeed Book Drive … Signed Bengals contract on 4-30-09.
Even as Bengals director of player personnel Duke Tobin and his staff held a midnight re-setting of their board for Friday’s second and third rounds of the NFL Draft (7 p.m.-NFL Network), praise rolled in for the club’s selection of Houston cornerback Will Jackson III.
How can you not like William Jackson III already? After all, his first act as a Bengal was to break the hearts of the Steelers Thursday night in the first round of the NFL Draft. The Bengals swiped him at No. 24 with the Steelers poised at No. 25 to draft their first first-round cornerback of the 21st century.
Houston cornerback Will Jackson figured he would be drafted in the first round by a team in the AFC North. But he thought it was going to be the Pittsburgh Steelers.
You know that saying, “You can never have enough corners?” The Bengals may go down as the architect of that age-old bromide after they took a cornerback in the first round Thursday night for the third time in the last five years. And the selection of Houston’s William Jackson III with the 24th pick makes it five corners in the last 11 drafts dating back to South Carolina’s Johnathan Joseph with that 24th pick in 2006.