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Sioux City Bandits RB Fred Jackson Invited to National Football League Tryout With The Buffalo Bills

October 24, 2005 - United Indoor Football Association (UIF) - Sioux City Bandits News Release

Sioux City, IA - October 24, 2005 - The Sioux City Bandits of United Indoor Football are pleased to announce that Running Back and 2005 UIF Most Valuable Player Fred Jackson has been invited to a personal tryout with the Buffalo Bills of the NFL. The tryout will be held in Buffalo in Tuesday, November 1.

Jackson has a phenomenal season for the Bandits, who finished with the best record in the league at 15 wins and 3 losses and played in the Championship Game at the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena before 6,850 fans against the Sioux Falls Storm. Fred led the UIF in rushing yards with 1,770, attempts 334, rushing touchdowns with 40, yards rushing per game with 98.3 and yards per attempt with 5.3. Jackson also led the league in scoring with 53 touchdowns scored, in addition to the 40 rushing touchdowns; he had 11 on pass receptions and 2 on kickoff returns. Jackson also had 1 touchdown pass that he threw during the season.

Head Coach Jose Jefferson has this to say; "We knew that getting Fred for a second season in 2005 was a huge plus for our football team. I remember telling Fred in training camp, you put in hard work that he will be rewarded at the end of the season, because we want to run the football. He was a workhorse for us behind our veteran offensive line. I could not be happier for Fred but also for the Bandits and the UIF, this shows other players that they can have the opportunity to move up from this level."

General Manager/Managing Partner Bob Scott added, "This is what we have wanted to achieve for our young players since we started the Bandits. We are all happy for Fred and wish him the best of luck in Buffalo."

This is the third tryout that Fred has been invited to since the end of the Bandits season. Earlier in the fall he attended Arena League tryouts for the San Jose Sabercats and the Chicago Rush.

Jackson is a 2003 graduate of Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA where he was named to five All-American teams in 2002, when he rushed for 1,702 yards and scored 29 touchdowns. Jackson is a native of Fort Worth, TX.

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