07/17/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: CB Bennett Jackson, Notre Dame...Jackson started all 13 games at cornerback last year. He proved to be an exceptional cornerback, moving into one of two vacancies at the start of the season. Jackson ranked third on the Irish with 65 tackles, trailing only Manti Te'o and Zeke Motta. He recorded 45 solo stops and collected four interceptions. Jackson tied for 39th in the FBS in interceptions (0.31/game).
He was the first Irish cornerback to record four interceptions in a season since Mike Richardson finished with the same amount in 2006. Jackson had four tackles, a key interception that prevented a touchdown and combined for another tackle on the crucial fourth-down overtime play that gave Notre Dame a victory over Stanford (Oct. 13). He helped an Irish pass defense rank second in the country in passing yards/completion (9.95) and tied for sixth in the nation in passing touchdowns (10). - Notre Dame football
05/04/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: EARLY TOP-50 DRAFT BOARD: 43. CB Bennett Jackson, Notre Dame (6-0, 185, 4.45)...A former wide receiver, Jackson put himself on the NFL radar last year in his first season as a starter, recording four interceptions. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/16/2012 - 2012 FBS ALL-INDEPENDENT FIRST TEAM: DB Bennett Jackson (Jr.), Notre Dame, has been selected First Team All-Independent for the 2012 college football season by members of a nationwide media panel, which includes equal representation from each of the independent institutions' coverage markets. - Notre Dame football
11/25/2012 - There aren't many fan bases who have loftier expectations for their team than Notre Dame's. But even the most optimistic Fighting Irish follower would have had a hard time imagining the ride this season has been. Notre Dame retained the No.1 spot in the USA TODAY Sports coaches poll after a 22-13 win at archrival Southern California, finishing its regular season 12-0 and all but assured of a place in the BCS national championship game. The Fighting Irish received 56 of 59 No. 1 votes, rising all the way from a No. 24 ranking in the preseason poll. That starting position was a spot lower than Auburn's No. 23 preseason opening two years ago and is now the lowest starting position for a BCS finalist under the current championship format. The Fighting Irish will almost certainly be facing the winner of next week's Southeastern Conference title game between No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia. The Crimson Tide easily punched their ticket with a 49-0 drubbing of Auburn in the Iron Bowl and grabbed two No.1 votes. Georgia, also an easy winner in its non-conference rivalry finale against Georgia Tech, claimed the other top vote. - Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY Sports
09/15/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: The Irish must contend with Spartan TB Le'Veon Bell, who has 288 rushing yards and four touchdowns. "The challenge is that he plays, and he plays every down, and he keeps coming after you," coach Brian Kelly said. "He's relentless, physical and just, I don't know if this is fair to him, but he's just a throwback. I mean, he just keeps going. And the more carries he gets, the better he gets." Michigan State QB Andrew Maxwell is 42-of-69 for 523 yards, but has three interceptions. He has two 100-plus yard receivers, Bennie Fowler and Dion Sims. "(Maxwell has) a very strong arm," Kelly said. "He's got good vision, tall guy that can see down the field. I really just think it's game experience that he's gaining each and every week." Notre Dame's Manti Te'o is second in the nation among active FBS players with 342 total career tackles. Despite losing two starters early (DE Kapron Lewis-Moore and S Jamoris Slaughter), the Irish didn't permit a single third down conversion in the second half last week against Purdue. PLAYERS TO WATCH: CB Bennett Jackson had two interceptions vs. Purdue, the first time an Irish defender has had two or more since Harrison Smith had three in the 2010 Sun Bowl against Miami. - The Sports Xchange
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