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Adoree' Jackson compares to Marqise Lee and Randall Cobb, USC assistant says

Adoree' Jackson compares to Marqise Lee and Randall Cobb, USC assistant says
Adoree' Jackson takes part in practice at Howard Jones Field on Aug. 8. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

USC sophomore Adoree' Jackson ranks among the elite players Trojans assistant Tee Martin has coached in his nine-year career.

Jackson, listed at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, will play cornerback and receiver and also will return kickoffs and punts.

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Martin said after practice Wednesday that Jackson's ability at receiver was similar to former Trojan Marqise Lee and that his skill set compared favorably to the Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb, who Martin coached at Kentucky.

"He's like a Marqise Lee, where 'Wow,' whatever this guy can do with the ball in his hands, he can do it and you want the ball in his hands," Martin said.

Lee won the Biletnikoff Award as college football's top receiver in 2012, and the Jacksonville Jaguars selected him in the second round of the NFL draft in 2014.

Cobb, a 2014 Pro Bowl selection, played quarterback, receiver, kickoff and punt returner and even was the holder at Kentucky. He set the single-season record for all-purpose yards in the Southeastern Conference in 2010.

"Randall was extremely intelligent and from that standpoint, they are very, very similar," Martin said.

Jackson deflected 10 passes, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble last season. He caught 10 passes, three for touchdowns, and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns.

"I think Adoree' could be whatever he wants to be," Martin said.

USC opens the season Sept. 5 against Arkansas State.

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