(Entering 2012) The anchor of the MSU offensive line with All-American potential for 2012 . . . Named to the preseason 2012 All-SEC second team by the SEC Coaches, Phil Steele, Athlon and the SEC?s Football Information Directors . . . Member of the 2012 Outland Trophy Watch List . . . 2011 Rivals.com Sophomore All-American after being named to the All-SEC second team by Rivals and the AP . . . Has started 25 games in his three years at State . . . Named Rivals.com All-SEC Second Team in 2011, starting all 13 games his redshirt sophomore season . . . Started all 13 games at left guard during his redshirt freshman season. . . Redshirted during his true freshman season on campus . . . Highly-recruited lineman from the Mississippi prep ranks.
Named to the AP and Rivals.com All-SEC second team, as well as the Rivals.com Sophomore All-American team . . . Started at left guard for all 13 games . . . Graded out a champion in five games and recorded a team-high 69 takedowns . . . Notched a season-high nine takedowns at Auburn . . . Graded out at a career-high 91 percent against UT Martin . . . Blocked for a running back who finished fourth in the SEC in rushing, while giving up the fifth-fewest sacks in the league . . . As a blocker, helped the 2011 squad reach the top 10 in school history for single-season marks in passing touchdowns, passing completions, total yards and first downs . . . Helped the offense tally multiple rushing touchdowns in games against Memphis, Auburn, Kentucky, UT Martin, Ole Miss and Wake Forest . . . Blocked for an offense that scored 50-plus points twice in the same season for the first time since 1914 (four), and only the third time in school history (1907, twice) . . . Part of an offense that paved the way for running back Vick Ballard to rush for a career-high 180 yards against Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl.
SEC All-Freshman selection by the coaches . . . Earned the starting spot at left guard prior to the season opener . . . Helped pave the way for the Bulldog rushing attack that averaged 214.8 yards per game, 16th in the country and second-highest average in the SEC . . . Graded out at 80 percent or higher six times this season . . . Posted 40 knockdown blocks . . . Graded out at 93 percent in the Bulldogs? win over Kentucky . . . Helped State rush for over 200 yards seven different times this season.
Redshirted his true freshman year.
Ranked as the No. 52 offensive tackle prospect in the country by recruiting website Scout.com . . . Considered the third-best offensive lineman in Mississippi by Scout.com, which credits him with a 5.1-second time in the 40-yard dash . . . Rivals.com had him ranked as the No. 85 offensive tackle prospect in the nation . . . That site also has him ranked as the No. 28 prospect in the state of Mississippi, the fourth-best offensive lineman on the chart . . . Rated with the top 40 high school prospects in the state of Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season . . . Has started both ways at tackle since his freshman season . . . Other top scholarship offers: LSU, Auburn, and Ole Miss . . . Solid 2.8 grade point average in the high school classroom . . . Committed to MSU in July 2008.
Born Gabriel C. Jackson on July 12, 1991 . . . Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Jackson . . . His father was his high school coach.