Standout receiver, special teams ace and honor student.
That sums up Nashua’s Demitri Jackson, a senior football player at Brown University.
Jackson has played in two of the Bears’ three games — he missed the Harvard game on Sept. 27 with a foot injury — and leads the club with 12 receptions. He’s third in receiving yards with 109.
Jackson, who played at Nashua North before moving on to Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.), had a career game in season-opening victory over Bryant when he snared eight passes for 76 yards and one touchdown. He had four catches for 33 yards this past Saturday in Brown’s 31-28 loss to rival Rhode Island.
“I think the Bryant game was a testament to the coaches I have and putting me in position to make the plays that I’ve been blessed to make,” Jackson said. “I’m thankful for my teammates pushing me in practice every day.
“I’m ready to show everyone and myself that I can play to the best of my ability and maximize my potential.”
Brown first-year head coach James Perry saw what Jackson might be capable of doing while snow was still on the ground last winter.
“Demitri impressed us last winter,” said Perry, who grew up in Andover, Mass., and starred at quarterback at Brown. “We had a demanding winter workout session. He was a guy who instantly you knew his fitness level was so high. His effort was so good that he was going to be a guy we could build upon. By the time spring came along, we saw that he had good hands and was a good route runner. Even before that, his fitness level and how seriously he took that, we knew we had something in Demitiri.
“For a wideout, you must be able to run. When we brought in a no-huddle, up-tempo offense, they have to be able to run all day. He’s able to run all day. He’s extremely competitive. When guys get tired, they drop balls and start running poor routes. You won’t see that in Demitri.”
As for special teams, Jackson is considered Brown’s version of the Patriots perennial All-Pro special teamer Matthew Slater.
“Special teams are my second-favorite position,” Jackson said. “No matter if I’m returning kicks or if I’m blocking, it’s another way to compete.
“Special teams for me are a facet of the game that a lot of teams overlook. Being the best on special teams is the secret key to winning football games that a lot of people overlook.”
Perry has his own way of describing Jackson’s talent on Brown’s special teams.
“He’s a guy who’s a Swiss Army knife,” Perry said. “Some guys only are returners, especially wideouts. He’s a guy who can cover kicks and can block for kicks. He’s a guy who in practice can sustain effort. We talk about how do you sustain effort all the time?
“As a senior, to be exposed to this aspect of football it’s nice to see a guy embrace it the way he has. He’s a Swiss Army knife in that we use him in many ways.”
Jackson is a major point earner for Brown’s indoor and outdoor track teams.
Among other things, he won the long jump at the 2019 Black and Gold Invitational and placed fourth in the javelin at the Ivy League Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Jackson also placed first in the long jump and the triple jump at the Brown University Invitational.
Jackson is majoring in urban studies and began the current academic year with a 3.43 GPA.
That’s noteworthy considering playing three sports at an Ivy League school like Brown is considered the exception rather than the rule.
“I think a lot of it comes down to my time management skills and being able to know myself and what works best for me,” Jackson said. “I credit a lot of that to Lawrence Academy. They prepared me for my college experience and taught me to reach out for help.
“I definitely haven’t done everything on my own.”
At Lawrence Academy, Jackson was an All-ISL wide receiver and All-ISL in track and field in 2016 plus a four-year honor roll student.
“I think guys who are active like he is and are competitive, it translates into the classroom,” said Perry. “I don’t envy his schedule. It’s really remarkable but I’m not surprised that a competitive kid who works as hard as he does is able to translate that into the classroom.”