Orgeron not surprised by UCLA's two-way star Jack
NOV 25, 2013 9:14p ET
He's received national attention because of his play and that isn't lost on USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron.
"(He's an) outstanding player," Orgeron said of Jack. "He's doing a great job."
Jack, who began the season as a linebacker only, turned heads when he took snaps at running back in the Bruins win at Arizona earlier this month. He was more than just a defensive guy playing offense. He made an impact.
After six carries for 120 yards and a 66-yard touchdown, Jack the linebacker was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week. Staying true to his defensive roots, he also recovered a fumble for good measure against the Wildcats.
The offensive show for the 6-foot-1 225-pound Jack continued in the following weeks. He had 13 carries for 59 yards and four touchdowns against Washington, setting a record for most rushing touchdowns in a game by a freshman in school history, surpassing the three touchdown performances of Wendell Tyler and DeShaun Foster.
Last week, he played offense exclusively in the Bruins' loss to Arizona State, carrying the ball 16 times for 86 yards and a touchdown.
His success as a two-way player, albeit rare, came as no surprise to Orgeron who saw a lot of Jack on the recruiting trail.
"We saw a great athlete, obviously, and a guy that could play both sides of the ball," Orgeron said.
Jack is scheduled to make his return to defense on Saturday when the Bruins enter the Coliseum. His presence on that side of the ball was definitely missed in the loss to Arizona State.
The Sun Devils churned out over 200 yards on the ground before halftime with Jack, the Bruins' fourth leading tackler, watching from the sideline, focusing purely on offensive duties.
Wherever he lines up on Saturday, the Trojans will be aware.
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