Jackson Erdmann has dream season

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Jackson Erdmann has dream season

The obvious question is this – what is Jackson Erdmann going to do for an encore? How is he going to top the stellar junior season he recently completed at Rosemount High School in Minnesota?

“We had a great season,” Erdmann said. “Obviously, our goal from the start was to get to the state championship game. Once we got there we felt like it was a big step and we wanted to finish with a win. We didn’t come through and that was a little disappointing. But other than that, it was a fantastic season.”

Erdmann, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound quarterback, led the Irish to an 11-2 record and appearance in the Class 6A (largest schools in the state) title game. It ended with a 28-7 loss to perennial powerhouse Eden Prairie, but that did nothing to diminish a memorable year.

Playing four of its eight regular season games against 6A playoff teams from the year before, Rosemount rolled through the difficult schedule and outscored the opposition 272-28 during the first half. That usually meant a quick hook for Erdmann from Irish head coach Jeff Erdmann, his father.

Despite coming out early in most games, Jackson Erdmann still managed to pass for 1,788 yards and 25 touchdowns on only 161 attempts. Erdmann was also voted South Suburban Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Year.

“I was pretty satisfied with my season,” he said. “There were a few games that I didn’t do so hot in, but once we got to the state tournament it was kind of weird playing the whole game because I was so used to coming out early. Overall, it was a great season.”

Duel finalist

Erdmann got an early jump on his junior campaign by getting an invite to the Duel by NFA. He finished second in the showcase event last summer in Massillon, Ohio.

“That was a real cool thing to do,” Erdmann said. “I was thrilled to just be there. When I went to my first NFA camp, being invited to the Duel was the goal. I didn’t think I performed really well, so I was a little surprised when they called my name to be in the finals.”

Erdmann started attending NFA camps a year ago. “I realized how much it helped and how great it was to focus on my mechanics,” he said.

In addition to preparing for his senior season at Rosemount H.S., Erdmann is also in the early stages of the college recruiting process. “It’s been going good,” he said.

Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa State, Northern Illinois, North Dakota State and South Dakota State have already expressed interest. “I’m hoping to play at the highest level possible,” Erdmann said. “Hopefully it’s Division I, but we’ll see how this next season goes. I’m confident I have a really good chance to play in college. It just depends at what level.”

If he turns in another banner season with the Irish, Erdmann’s stock is really going to rise.

“I’m hitting the weights, throwing and running every day with the guys and just working on my quickness and strength,” he said. “We have our offense coming back but our defense, we lost a few guys. We’re hoping to make it to the state tournament for sure and hopefully we get back to the state championship game and win it this year.”

 

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Scot Gregor is an award-winning sportswriter for the Chicago Daily Herald. In addition to writing about Big 10 and Notre Dame football, Gregor has also covered the White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and college basketball. He grew up in Pittsburgh and watched the Steelers rise to prominence in the 1970s. Gregor has a B.S. degree in Journalism from Ohio University

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