As the classic joke goes, "You know how to get to Carnegie Hall, dont'cha? Practice!"
That advice applies to Buffalo Bulls starting quarterback Tyree Jackson.
The massive 6-foot-8, 245-pound signal caller from Norton Shores, Michigan, showed nothing but progress a season ago. Jackson was an absolute gem of a recruit for a squad looking to win its first MAC title since 2008 during the Turner Gill era.
Watch the video above to see how Jackson — and many college football quarterbacks — get going early in the morning to get just a little bit better each day in preparation for the upcoming season. You can also watch his American Sign Language skills in action around the 4:15 mark.
Buffalo coach Lance Leipold trusted his freshman enough in 2016 to place him under center in week 1 versus Albany. It turned out to be a rough debut for Jackson, as the FCS Great Danes knocked off the Bulls 22-16 on a day in which the Buffalo offense failed to complete a pass deeper than 17 yards.
Jackson would throw for over 200 yards in four of his last six starts, including a 3-touchdown performance against Ball State. He was just as effective on the ground as well, churning out nearly 400 yards and 5 scores on the season to help keep the UB offense balanced.
The Bulls start the season with road contests at Minnesota and Army before returning home to two very winnable games against Colgate and Florida Atlantic. If Jackson can lead his team to a split in the season's first two games while taking care of business at home, the Bulls will be in solid shape to return to the postseason for the first time since 2013.
One thing is certain no matter what Buffalo's record is in 2017: Jackson will be well-prepared for whatever comes his way.