AJ Milwee & Chris Jackson - Texas - Mesh Concepts w/ WR Fundamentalsby Texas High School Coaches Association
Lecture delivered at THSCA Coaching School 2023 - Houston, TX
AJ Milwee & Chris Jackson – University of Texas
A former analyst at Alabama and offensive coordinator at Akron, AJ Milwee was named quarterbacks coach at Texas on January 22, 2021.
Milwee helped guide quarterback Quinn Ewers to one of the finest freshman seasons in program history in 2022. Ewers earned honorable mention Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Honors passing for 2,177 yards and 15 touchdowns on 172-of-296 passing. Milwee arrived in Texas after spending two seasons on the same coaching staff with Steve Sarkisian at Alabama, where he has served as an analyst for the Crimson Tide in 2019 and 2020. Milwee was part of a staff that guided Alabama to a 13-0 record and the 2020 National Championship.
Having compiled a 33-5 mark as UNA’s QB during the 2006-08 seasons, Milwee set all-time school records for career passing yards (8,436), pass completions (677), passing attempts (1,030), touchdown passes (73) and total offense yards (9,401). He earned honorable mention All-America honors as a senior and is a member of the program’s all-decade team (1999-2008). At UNA, he was a two-time finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s top player at the NCAA Division-II level.
He spent his freshman year of eligibility as a member of the Alabama football team. He holds an undergraduate degree in finance from North Alabama. A native of Boaz, Ala., Milwee is married to the former Ashley Elliott, who holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Alabama. They have two sons together, JJ and Jett.
A 10-year NFL veteran — five in coaching and five as a player – and former standout receiver in college, Chris Jackson joined the Texas Football coaching staff as the Longhorns passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach on January 24, 2023.
In his one season with the Jaguars, Jackson guided the wide receiver’s unit to becoming one of only three in the NFL to have two players with 80-plus receptions in 2022 in Christian Kirk and Zay Jones Both totals were in the top 10 in Jacksonville single-season history.
Jackson spent the previous four seasons in a variety of roles with the Chicago Bears. He was initially hired in 2018 during training camp in conjunction with the NFL's Bill Walsh Diversity Fellowship program, prior to serving as a defensive assistant for Chicago in 2019, and the assistant wide receivers coach from 2020-21. As a player, Jackson spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1998), Seattle Seahawks (1999), Tennessee Titans (2000), Green Bay Packers (2002-03) and Miami Dolphins (2003). Jackson also played several seasons in the Arena Football League where he was a standout wide receiver and the AFL Rookie of the Year in 2000 with the L.A. Avengers.
Jackson played collegiately at Orange Coast College in 1995 before transferring to Washington State. In both 1996 and 1997, Jackson was a starter for the Cougars and a teammate of current Texas assistant coach Jeff Banks. In 1997, he recorded 54 catches for 1,005 yards and 11 touchdowns to earn honorable mention All-Pac 10 honors, helping the Cougars to a Pac-10 co-championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl. The 11 receiving touchdowns is still a top-10 single-season mark in Washington State history, tying for seventh. After his collegiate career, Jackson signed with the Buccaneers in 1998, and following his professional career, Jackson was a physical education teacher before going into special education and then sales and merchandising.
In 2020, Jackson was inducted into the California Community College Football Coaches Association (CCCFCA) Hall of Fame. A native of Santa Ana, Calif., Jackson attended Mater Dei High School. He and his wife, Michelle, have three children: Almani, Deyton and Justus.