By Otis Kirk
Former University of Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson has opted for the NFL Draft over exploring the grad transfer market or returning to the Bulls for his senior season.
The decision was reported by Bruce Feldman on Twitter Sunday morning.
Buffalo’s strong-armed QB Tyree Jackson declares for the NFL Draft. He was considering leaving to go somewhere as a grad transfer. He’d gotten a ‘you should return to college’ evaluation from the NFL this winter.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 6, 2019
Jackson, 6-7, 245, is ignoring the NFL’s suggestion to him to return to college. He started three years at Buffalo after redshirting in 2015 as a true freshman. He completed 533 of 955 passes for 6.999 yards, 49 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. He also rushed 201 times for 757 yards and 16 touchdowns.
He helped lead the Bulls to the Dollar General Bowl where they fell to Troy 42-32. In that game, Jackson completed 20 of 35 passes for 274 yards, one touchdown and an interception. His best game statistically in 2018 came in a 51-42 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 30. In that game, Jackson completed 20 of 34 passes for 358 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing 10 times for 22 yards and three more touchdowns.
He was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Year. He came to Buffalo from Norton Shores (Mich.) Mona Shores High School as a three-star recruit.
Arkansas continues to monitor the grad transfer quarterback market. Among the ones who have stated they will be grad transfers are Notre Dame’s Brandon Wimbush and SMU’s Ben Hicks. Chad Morris and the Arkansas staff are awaiting to see who may become available once the college season ends on Monday night. Also, it’s expected another group will open up following spring drills around the nation.