Played in all 13 games, serving on the kick coverage units and as a reserve cornerback...had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery on the year...had a careerhigh four tackles against Syracuse...recovered a fumble on the punt coverage unit at Utah, giving Pitt possession at the Utes' 28...the Panthers converted the turnover into a touchdown and 7-0 lead five plays later.
Played in nine games, primarily in special teams capacities...had eight tackles on the year...had a season-high two stops vs. Connecticut and USF...had one tackle and two PBUs vs. Syracuse.
Played in five games as a reserve cornerback and special teams contributor to letter.
Two-year starter at cornerback for Cypress Bay, a Florida 6A (largest classification) school...was discovered by Pitt's coaching staff at the Panthers' 2006 summer football camps, where Jackson ran a 4.31 40-yard dash...was a three-year varsity letterman and helped team to two Florida 6A playoff berths...team captain...had 16 defended passes as a senior...played under Coach Bill Hobbs...his defensive coordinator was Frank Hepler, who coached such Pitt products as H.B. Blades, Darrell Strong and Cedric McGee at Plantation High...helped team to a 7-4 record and a district runner-up finish as a senior...earned Honorable Mention All-Broward County...selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game...also lettered in track and basketball...district champion and state qualifier in the 100 meters...Honor Roll student.
Anthony Hugh Jackson II, born 3/3/89, is the son of Anthony and Ruth Jackson...has two sisters...sister Karena played basketball at Broward Community College (2005-07)...cousin, Mike James, was a letterman at receiver for Alabama (2000-01)...another cousin, Ruth Brown, plays college basketball at Lynn University.
- NFL scouts may have attended the University ofPittsburgh Pro Day to see offensive guard Lucas Nix, defensive tackle Chas Alecxih, cornerback Antwuan Reed or pass rusher Brandon Lindsey -- each of whom participated at the Combine. And while several Pitt Panthers posted impressive results, it was another cornerback --Buddy Jackson-- whose spectacular speed and leaping ability stole the show. Jackson, who started only one game and never recorded an interception in four seasons with the Panthers, turned in a workout that would have ranked among the elite recorded at the Combine this year. Jackson was clocked in the low 4.3s in the 40-yard dash. Central Florida cornerback Josh Robinson was "officially" recorded at 4.35 seconds, the fastest among the 325+ prospects invited to participate in Indianapolis this year. Jackson also posted an 11-9" broad jump. By comparison, the top performance at the 2012 Combine was 11 feet, one inch which was accomplished by Robinson and Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill. Jackson, listed by Pitt at 6-1, 180 pounds, had primarily seen his playing time come on special teams throughout his career. He led the Panthers with 543 kick return yards in 2011 (on 23 attempts). He averaged 23.6 yards per return and took one 98 yards for a touchdown against Utah. He posted career highs in every other category as a senior as well, recording 34 tackles, four passes broken up and recovering a fumble while seeing action in nickel and dime packages and on punt and kickoff coverage units. Considering his size, athleticism and ability on special teams, Jackson's workout may be enough to get him drafted outright. It certainly will be enough to entice some club into giving him an opportunity should he not get drafted. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
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