Jarious had off-season shoulder surgery, he saw limited 2010 action. He threw for 293 yards on 26 completions, playing a valuable role in short yardage by rushing the call 11 times for 26 yards.
Jarious suffered his first major injury to his shoulder which limited him to 10 games and three starts. Jarious came off the bench July 16th at Edmonton complete 19-of-27 passes for season highs of 362 yards and four TD passes. He also came off the bench in August at Toronto to complete 21 of 31 for 254 yards in a 36-28 win. He started the next three games throwing for 630 yards and five TDs before sitting out for the rest of the regular season with a shoulder injury.
Jarious had another solid season for the club in which he dressed for all 18 games and started seven. Overall, he saw action at QB in 14 contests throwing for 2,164 yards and 17 TD passes. Had a career day at Winnipeg on Jul 11/08 connecting on 19 of 24 passes for 340 yards and 5 TDs in a 40-11 win. Jarious started games from Week 2 through Week 8 before filling a valuable backup role. He came off the bench on Oct 10/08 vs Edmonton to complete 11 of 22 passes for 126 yards and 1 TD and led the team in passing yards in eight games.
Jarious was the surprise of the 2007 season for the Lions stepping into the starting QB shoes of Dave Dickenson when the latter went down to injury. Started 10 games at QB including the final 9 in the regular season plus the West Final. He led the club with 2,553 yards passing which was good for 7th spot among CFL passers while throwing for 18 TDs and only 10 interceptions. Added another 265 yards rushing with 3 TDs on short runs. Had a career game vs Calgary on Sep 29/07 completing 23 of 28 passes for 307 yards and 3 TDs. Connected with Paris Jackson for all 5 of his TD receptions in 2007. Ended the season with TD passes in his final 7 games.
Dressed for all 18 regular season games making an appearance in each with the exception of the team’s regular season finale versus Hamilton. Jarious’ most significant action as a pro came in Hamilton on September 30th where he completed 12 of 21 passes for 180 yards and two TD’s in relief of injured QB Buck Pierce. The Lions go-to pivot in short yardage situations, Jackson rushed for 137 yards and one TD on 46 carries and threw for 477 yards on 37 completions.
Signed as a free agent by the Lions in 2005, Jarious started the season on the practice roster before injuries opened up a spot on the active roster. Made his CFL debut on Sep 8/05 vs Ottawa. Completed his first CFL pass attempt vs Winnipeg on Oct 22/05 and also rushed 3 times for another 14 yards. Was on the active roster for a total of 8 games.
Spent time on the Lions practice roster.
Played sparingly for Denver of the NFL over four seasons and got into 5 games where he completed 11 of 22 passes for 114 yards.
Jackson was a two-year starter at Notre Dame where he set school single-season records for passing yards (2,753), completions (184), and attempts (316) as a senior during 1999 season. Prior to Jackson, the yardage mark was held by Joe Theismann (1970). Jackson threw for 17 touchdowns during his senior year, ranking third behind Ron Powlus and Rick Mirer. He was second on the team in rushing with 140 carries for 464 yards (3.3 avg) and 7 scores. He completed 104 of 188 passes for 1,740 yards and 13 touchdowns during his junior year and led the Fighting Irish to a 9-2 record. He ranked second on the team with 441 yards rushing and 3 scores.
Jackson was a Marketing major at Notre Dame. At Tupelo High School in Mississippi, he was an All-America pick by SuperPrep, Prep Football Report, and Bluechip Illustrated, and earned two letters in track and basketball. Jackson lives in Houston, Texas during the off season.