In Riffe's absence, Jackson left a receiving spot and took over the workhorse duties, piling up 958 yards and 11 TDs on 102 carries, putting him just behind Riffe in the Mountain State Athletic Conference rushing leaders with a season total of 1,219 yards.
Their running styles are somewhat different - Jackson with a bit more wiggle to bounce plays outside and Riffe with powerful blasts between the tackles. With both backs available tonight, Edwards isn't tipping his hand as to how they'll be used - by alternating series or riding the hot hand, etc.
"No, we haven't decided, really,'' Edwards said Wednesday. "They're both going to play. With them both being healthy and playing, it makes us a better ballclub. That's the way we're looking at it.
"We'll just go into it like we always go - see how things are going and game planning to the point of whatever and whoever it falls [upon]. I don't think there's a certain number of carries or who's doing what. Whoever's carrying it, we've got a good, quality running back behind a good, quality line.''
Edwards did say that when Jackson lines up at his old receiving spot, it should make GW more dangerous.
"It takes some pressure off [Austin] Giacomo at the receiving spot,'' Edwards said, "because when Jackson's at receiver, now we've got two quality receivers and a quality tailback. It helps us all the way around.
"You never really know until game time. Both [Riffe and Jackson] run well and both are good teammates. Whatever happens with them makes us better offensively.''
Capital's Carpenter also lauded Jackson for his selfless role in GW's attack.
"It says a lot for that kid to move over and let the other kid come back in,'' Carpenter said. "That's unselfish of him.
"We don't know who's going to play [but] it doesn't matter which one you face - both are great backs. You get behind that big line and it doesn't matter. You've got to tackle them the same.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.