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Derrick Jackson Leaving Wake Forest for Purdue

The Deacs lost a talented coach.

NCAA Football: Wake Forest at Clemson Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The coaching carousel continues to go around. Purdue announced today that Derrick Jackson, now former Wake Forest assistant, will be joining the Purdue football staff.

Jackson was an assistant at Wake Forest for five seasons and had a variety of roles during that time. He joined Jim Grobe’s staff in 2012 and coached the outside linebackers for one season before coaching the defensive backs in 2013. Jackson was retained by Dave Clawson when he became head coach and Jackson coached the cornerbacks from 2014 to 2016 and also assisted with the field goal/PAT block units.

During Jackson’s time at Wake Forest he coached numerous NFL players including Bud Noel and Kevin Johnson, who was selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He also helped develop Brad Watson into an All-ACC player who has a chance to drafted in this upcoming NFL Draft. Jackson was a fine coach for Wake and this is an unfortunate loss.

Dave Clawson now has an open position to fill. At this time it’s unclear who it will be, but we will keep you all updated as more information becomes available.