|Height: 6-1 | Weight: 304 | College: Auburn|
Jackson is a tough inside run stuffer who has anchored the team's interior line since his junior year, starting the final 25 games of his career. He proved his toughness as a junior, when he did not miss a game despite suffering a dislocated his elbow in fall camp.
Jackson was a two-year starter on defense and three-year starter on offense at Opelika High School. He was ranked one of the top 15 defensive tackles in the nation by Rivals100.com and was a member of the Birmingham News Super All-State Team. Added Alabama Sports Writers All-State honors and was an American General Alabama Player of the Year finalist. He also received Huntsville Times Elite 11 and Atlanta Journal Constitution Super Southern 100 accolades. He was ranked one of the top 15 players in the state of Alabama by Super Prep and received All-American honors.
As a senior, Jackson totaled 127 tackles, 12 sacks, four fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles from his defensive tackle position. He also played offensive line as a senior, leading Opelika to a 10-2 record. He registered 107 tackles, four sacks, four batted passes, one caused fumble and one recovered fumble as a junior. Jackson also competed in track and wrestling and posted a 63-3 record on the mat.
Jackson earned fourth-team Freshman All-American honors from The Sporting News as one of two true freshmen to letter on defense at Auburn in 2002. He recorded 24 tackles, assisted on a sack and had nine stops behind the line of scrimmage. He continued to play in the nose guard rotation as a sophomore, collecting 29 tackles (13 solos) with an assisted sack, eight stops for losses and two fumble recoveries in 2003.
Jackson moved into the starting lineup as a junior, manning the nose guard position for the rest of his career. He earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from the Associated Press in 2004. Jackson made 51 tackles (28 solos), fourth on the team. He had 2.5 sacks, seven stops for losses and a pair of fumble recoveries. He grabbed All-SEC second-team honors as a senior. Jackson registered 41 tackles (14 solos), two sacks and 5.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage in 2005.
In 50 games with the Tigers, Jackson started 25 times. He recorded 145 tackles (60 solos) with 5.5 sacks for minus-40 yards and 29.5 stops for losses of 88 yards. He was credited with four quarterback pressures, five fumble recoveries and a pass deflection.
Positives: Has a compact frame with broad shoulders, wide waist and rear, very thick legs and large hands Ambidextrous, showing good strength to reach, jerk and drag down with either hand Has very good field instincts, showing a good feel coming off blocks to recognize play-action and misdirection Does a good job of tracking the ball down in the backfield Uses his hands with force to split double teams and push the blocker back into the pocket Plays with leverage and has the lower body strength to hold his ground firmly Very active with his hands shooting the gaps and when he stays low in his pads, he can rock blockers back on their heels Can dictate and leverage blockers when he maintains a wide base at the point of attack.
Negatives: Lacks the foot speed to make plays outside the box Has brute strength, but sometimes gets so involved with beating blockers that he loses sight of the ball Is a disruptive force plugging the rush lanes and shooting the gaps, but does not have the burst to chase down quarterbacks for long distances Takes short steps working down the line, making him late getting to plays on the corners Does not generate even short area explosion coming out of his stance Needs to develop better pass rush moves.
Jackson has a typical nose guard's frame -- short, compact with good arm length, soft midsection, big bubble, wide hips and waist, thick thighs and calves and adequate upper body muscle definition. He has decent initial quickness coming off the snap, but is best served operating at the line of scrimmage, as he does not have the speed to pursue plays down the line. He is more of a straight-line charger, but has the upper body strength to split double teams, stack and control. He digs in well at the point of attack and is very combative using his hands to shed.
Jackson shows excellent leadership qualities and work ethic. He is called a "coach on the field" by the staff because he not only reads blocks well and is quick to locate the ball, but also knows all of his teammates' assignments. At times he will get so involved in beating blocks that he loses sight of the ball. His lower body strength allows him to easily gain leverage and he takes powerful arm swipes to shove guards out of his way when plugging the rush lanes. Even with his short frame, he demonstrates decent knee bend and keeps his pads down while showing proper hand placement to beat the block off the snap.
Jackson compensates for a lack of speed and range by occupying more than one blocker in the middle. He has the hand punch to push blockers back into the pocket, but his lack of sustained speed makes him a liability when working in space. He will give good effort in pursuit, but does not have the lateral range to make plays down the line.
Jackson is a good one-gap performer due to his leg base, strong hand jolt and non-stop motor when making contact. He has the ability to collapse the pocket as a bull rusher and while he needs to develop better pass rush moves, he is able to punish quarterbacks once he gets a piece of the passer. While he has the power to control and get off blocks, his inability to redirect keeps him stationary rather than flowing from tackle-to-tackle in pursuit.
Because of speed limitations, Jackson will be better off as an immovable object in the middle of the field. He is a classic nose guard who can tie up multiple blockers, but is not one who can give chase in the backfield. He just lacks the range to make plays outside the box, making him better suited for a two-gap system.
Started his final 25 games for the Tigers Produced 29.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including 5.5 sacks.
All-Southeastern Conference second-team selection Started every game at nose guard, helping the team rank six in scoring defense, allowing only 15.5 points per game Made 41 tackles (14 solos) with a pair of sacks for minus 14 yards, 5.5 stops for losses of 19 yards and ranked second on the squad with three quarterback pressures Recovered a fumble and deflected a pass.
|2005 Game Analysis|
Georgia Tech Began the season with three solo tackles Head to Head Competition -- OG Nate McManus.
Mississippi State Earned Player of the Game honors after posting five tackles (2 solos) with a pressure and assisted in a tackle behind the line of scrimmage Head to Head Competition -- OG Johnny Wadley.
Ball State Added a pair of hits, assisting linebacker Karibe Dede in tackling Charles Wynn for a 4-yard loss on a draw play midway through the second quarter Head to Head Competition -- OG Justin Schneider.
Western Kentucky Had another two tackles with an assisted stop behind the line of scrimmage and two pressures, including one that resulted in QB Justin Haddix throwing a third-and-11 pass that was intercepted by middle linebacker Travis Williams for a 9-yard return, setting up an Auburn 20-yard field goal Head to Head Competition -- OG Bill Hewig.
South Carolina Followed with six assisted tackles, helping sack QB Antonio Heffner for a 5-yard loss Head to Head Competition -- OG James Thompson.
Arkansas Produced five tackles (3 solos) Head to Head Competition -- OG Jonathan Luigs.
Louisiana State Added five hits (4 solos) and deflected a JaMarcus Russell pass intended for Keith Zinger early in the second quarter Head to Head Competition -- OG Nate Livings.
Mississippi Posted a pair of tackles, including one that stopped tailback Brandon Jacobs for a 1-yard loss on a third-and-goal play early in the first quarter Head to Head Competition -- OG Michael Oher.
Kentucky Was in on three assisted stops Head to Head Competition -- OG Trai Williams.
Georgia Limited to two solo tackles Head to Head Competition -- OG Max Jean-Gilles.
Alabama Collected five tackles (4 assists) with 1.5 sacks for minus 8 yards Teamed with defensive end Quentin Groves to sack QB Brodie Croyle for an 8-yard loss on a third-and-15 play midway through the first quarter On the Tide's next drive, Jackson again sacked Croyle for a 6-yard loss on a third-and-16 play Head to Head Competition -- OG B.J. Stabler.
Wisconsin (Capital One Bowl) Closed out his career with an assisted tackle Was penalized five yards for jumping offside at the start of the game, but made up for that miscue when he recovered a fumble after defensive end Stanley McClover sacked QB John Stocco for a 5-yard loss on a third-and-7 play at the start of the third quarter. The Tigers converted that turnover into a 19-yard field goal Head to Head Competition -- OG Jason Palermo.
Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference first-team choice Took over nose guard duties, finishing fourth on the team with 51 tackles (28 solos) Had 2.5 sacks for minus 17 yards and seven stops for losses of 34 yards Also recovered two fumbles.
|2004 Game Analysis|
Louisiana-Monroe Began the season with two tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss.
Louisiana State Recovered a fumble and posted six tackles (4 solos) with a 3-yard sack of QB JaMarcus Russell.
The Citadel Followed with four tackles (2 solos).
Tennessee Stopped tailback Cedric Houston for a 6-yard loss, recovered a fumble and came up with five hits (2 solos).
Louisiana Tech Added three tackles, including one that stopped tailback Ryan Moats for minus 4 yards.
Kentucky Registered five tackles (3 solos) with a stop for a 6-yard loss and assisted in sacking QB Andre' Woodson for minus 3 yards.
Mississippi and Georgia Delivered four tackles in each game.
Alabama Matched his season-high with seven tackles (6 assists).
Tennessee (SEC Championship) Came up with five tackles (4 assists).
Virginia Tech (Sugar Bowl) Posted a pair of solo tackles and sacked QB Bryan Randall for an 11-yard loss.
Played in twelve games as part of the team's shuttle system on the defensive line Sat out the Alabama clash after suffering left knee sprain Finished with 29 tackles (13 solos), an assisted sack for minus 6 yards, eight stops for losses of 18 yards and a quarterback pressure Also recovered a pair of fumbles.
|2003 Game Analysis|
Southern California Began the year with three tackles, including one for a 3-yard loss.
Georgia Tech Added a stop for minus 4 yards and three hits (2 solos).
Western Kentucky Assisted on a 6-yard sack and made four tackles (3 assists).
Mississippi State Recovered a fumble.
Louisiana-Monroe Had a season-high five tackles (2 solos) with a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Mississippi Followed with four tackles (2 solos), including one for a 1-yard loss.
Wisconsin (Music City Bowl) Recovered a fumble.
Fourth-team Freshman All-American selection by The Sporting News One of two true freshman in the defensive rotation Played in thirteen games, recording 24 tackles (5 solos) with an assisted sack for minus 3 yards and nine stops for losses of 17 yards Had three tackles including a stop for a 4-yard loss vs. Georgia Registered four tackles with a stop behind the line of scrimmage vs. Louisiana State Totaled four tackles, including one for a 1-yard loss vs. Arkansas Finished with three tackles and a stop for a 5-yard loss vs. Syracuse.
2003: Underwent sports hernia surgery in February Suffered a left knee medial collateral sprain vs. Georgia (11/15), missing the following game vs. Alabama.
2004: Dislocated his elbow in fall camp, but played the entire season with the injury.
Campus: 5.25 in the 40-yard dash 410-pound bench press 545-pound squat 32 -inch arm length 10 -inch hands Right-handed 19/28 Wonderlic score.
Attended Opelika (Ala.) High School, playing football for head coach Spence McCracken
Two-year starter on defense and three-year starter on offense Ranked one of the top 15 defensive tackles in the nation by Rivals100.com and was a member of the Birmingham News Super All-State Team Added Alabama Sports Writers All-State honors and was an American General Alabama Player of the Year finalist Received Huntsville Times Elite 11 and Atlanta Journal Constitution Super Southern 100 accolades Ranked one of the top 15 players in the state of Alabama by Super Prep and received All-American honors As a senior, Jackson totaled 127 tackles, 12 sacks, four fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles from his defensive tackle position Also played offensive line as a senior, leading Opelika to a 10-2 record Registered 107 tackles, four sacks, four batted passes, one caused fumble and one recovered fumble as a junior Competed in track and wrestling and posted a 63-3 record on the mat.
Graduate Studies/Public Administration major Son of Virginia Jackson Born 12/12/83 Resides in Opelika, Alabama.