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A daily look at first-year Bucs

WHO: Dexter Jackson. HT/WT: 6-0, 196.

POSITION: Safety. COLLEGE: Florida State.

NFL EXPERIENCE: Rookie.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Jackson had a career-high 14 tackles against Virginia in his senior year.

GLORY DAYS: Jackson started in peewee ball in Quincy and said the community rallied around youth bowl games. In high school, he played quarterback and had his best game in a playoff against nationally ranked Live Oak Suwannee in 1995. Jackson threw three TDs, ran for one, had an INT and a fumble recovery. The game-winning TD pass came with 28 seconds remaining.

BRUSH WITH GREATNESS: Jackson met former running back Bo Jackson at the Senior Bowl last year. It was an ironic twist because growing up he told friends Bo was his cousin.

WHAT HE HAS TO DO TO MAKE THE TEAM: Jackson certainly has to excel on special teams, but he also can enhance his chances by pushing Damien Robinson for the starting free-safety role. Robinson is penciled in, but he's never started so Jackson can't be ruled out.

QUOTE: "My mom taught me always get better in life, be better each day. If I get 2 percent better each day in training camp, when the time comes I'll be ready."

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