Jackson Steadies Growing Secondary

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Jackson Steadies Growing Secondary
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. --The emotion that Bennett Jackson plays with while covering receivers for Notre Dame can be traced to roughly a decade ago, his years as a youth-league player setting the foundation for a cornerback who, in he and his teammates' words, is hyper-competitive, talks endless trash and hates nothing more than losing. Before every practice with the Hazlet (N.J.) Hawks, coach Greg Fitzpatrick would bring his 10- and 11-year-old players into a circle before asking, in no uncertain terms: How do you feel?

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