LAWRENCE — Les Miles has made the first hire in his new gig with Kansas football, and it’s a face he knows very well.
Miles on Sunday night announced the hiring of Chevis Jackson to the role of defensive backs coach, a position Jackson has held the last three seasons with Ball State. A former three-year starter under Mile at LSU (2005-07) and a member of the Tigers’ national championship-winning squad in 2007, Jackson served as a graduate assistant under Miles at LSU in 2015.
“Chevis is one of the top young coaches in the game,” Miles said in a news release. “He works hard to make a positive impact both on and off the field with the student athletes he works with.”
The lead recruiter at Ball State, Jackson in 2017 was named the Mid-American Conference’s recruiter of the year by 247Sports.com. Jackson’s most memorable moment as a player came in LSU’s 38-24 victory over Ohio State in the 2008 BCS National Championship game, where he returned an interception 34 yards. A third-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, Jackson spent time with the Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers before transitioning to coaching, where he got his start as a graduate assistant at South Alabama (2013-14).
The Jayhawks last season split defensive back coaching duties between Clint Bowen (cornerbacks) and Cassius Sendish (safeties).
“He knows what it takes to be successful on the greatest stage in college football,” Miles said of Jackson, “and will help instill that mindset to our program.”