Former NFL wide receiver Frisman Jackson, a Chicago native who started his collegiate football career at Northern Illinois, joins NIU Head Coach Dave Doeren's staff as an assistant coach for the 2012 season and will work with the Huskie wide receivers.
Jackson, who caught 40 passes for 490 yards while playing wide receiver and on special teams for the Cleveland Browns from 2002-2006, comes to Northern Illinois after coaching wide receivers at Akron for the past two seasons.
Prior to his time at Akron, Jackson spent two seasons as receivers coach at his alma mater, Western Illinois, in 2008 and 2009. During his time at Western, Leatherneck receiver Lito Senatus was ranked in the Top 30 in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) in receptions and in the Top 40 in receiving yards in 2009.
With his return to Northern Illinois as a member of the coaching staff, Jackson's football career has come full circle. The Morgan Park High School grad began his collegiate playing career as a quarterback at NIU from 1997-99 before transferring to Western Illinois, where he played quarterback and wide receiver for the Leathernecks in 2000 and 2001.
As a Huskie, Jackson completed 109-of-259 passes for 1,327 yards in 10 starts over three seasons. He made his first start as a true freshman versus No. 22 Kansas State in 1997 and had his best game versus Western Michigan in the 1998 season opener when he completed 24-of-43 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns with 300 yards of total offense.
At WIU, he set the school records for catches (14) and receiving yards (286) in a game versus Indiana State on Nov. 17, 2001. He ranks fourth on the WIU single-season list for yards with 1,041 and is 10th in single season catches with 55.
Jackson earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from Western Illinois. He and his wife Lindsey have an infant daughter, Anya.