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Adoree' Jackson
CB #25
Height:
5-11
Weight:
185
Age:
21
College:
Southern California
Hometown:
Belleville, Ill.
Experience:
R

Biography

CAREER: In his career, he has 139 tackles (6 for losses), 29 deflections, 6 interceptions (1 for TD), 3 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles on defense, 39 receptions for 628 yards (16.1 avg) with 6 TDs and 15 carries for 92 yards (6.1 avg) on offense and 79 kickoff returns for 2,141 yards (27.1 avg) with 4 TDs and 46 punt returns for 578 yards (12.6 avg) with 4 TDs on special teams. In his career, he has scored 15 touchdowns in 4 different ways: via reception (6), interception (1), punt return (4) and kickoff return (4). He tied NCAA records for most career TDs on kick returns (8) and all runbacks (9). He owns the USC career records for kickoff return yardage (2,141 yards) and returns (79) and his 27.1 career kick return average is second on the USC chart behind Anthony Davis’ 34.0. Among his 4 scoring kickoff returns, he has a USC record-tying 2 of 100 yards. He is fifth on USC’s all-time punt return ladder (578 yards). His 4 career punt return TDs ties the USC record (with Nelson Agholor). He has 37 career starts (34 at cornerback, 1 at safety, 1 at wide receiver and 1 concurrently at cornerback and wide receiver).

2016:
Jackson, perhaps the most exciting player in college football, returned as a junior in 2016 for his third year as a starting cornerback and also made an impact as a returner and on offense. USC’s first 3-way player in nearly 20 years, he drew comparisons with former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson (they have posted comparable statistics). Jackson also is the 2-time defending (2015 and 2016) Pac-12 long jump champion for USC’s track team and he was fifth at both the 2015 and 2016 NCAA Meets to twice earn All-American status. He missed 2016 spring football practice while focusing on track. Overall in 2016 while starting all 13 games at cornerback, he had 55 tackles (including 2 for losses of 4 yards), a team-best 11 deflections, a team-high 5 interceptions and a team-best 2 fumble recoveries on defense, he returned 26 kickoffs for 767 yards (29.5 avg) with 2 TDs and 20 punts for 315 yards (15.8 avg) with 2 TDs on special teams and he had 7 carries for 51 yards (7.3 avg) and 2 receptions for 76 yards (38.0 avg) with a TD while playing 18 plays on offense. He was second nationally in punt return TDs (2, first in Pac-12), second in kickoff return TDs (2, first in Pac-12), third in punt returns (15.8, first in Pac-12), sixth in kickoff returns (29.5, first in Pac-12), 18th in interceptions (0.4, third in Pac-12) and 19th in passes defended (1.2, third in Pac-12).
He won the 2016 Thorpe Award and was among 4 finalists for the Hornung Award and 4 finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. He was named a 2016 consensus All-American first teamer by AP (as a cornerback), Football Writers (as punt returner), Football Coaches (as an all-purpose player), Walter Camp (as defensive back; also second team as kick returner), Sporting News (as cornerback), ESPN (as an all-purpose player), Sports Illustrated (as an all-purpose player; also second team as a returner), CBS Sports (as a cornerback and punt returner; also second team as an all-purpose player and kick returner), Phil Steele (as punt returner; also second team as all-purpose player and third team as defensive back and kick returner), Campus Insiders All-American first team (as all-purpose player) and CollegeSportsMadness.com (as defensive back; also third team as kick returner and as punt returner) and a second teamer by USA Today (as a returner). He was the 2016 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and made the All-Pac-12 first team at 2 positions (defensive back and return specialist), as well as Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team (as a defensive back, kick returner and punt returner). He was named USC’s 2016 Most Valuable Player (the first Trojan to repeat as team MVP since 2004-05 and only the ninth to win the honor twice since the award was first presented in 1967), as well as USC’s Special Teams Player of the Year, Defensive Perimeter Player of the Year and Player of the Game Versus Notre Dame. He was a USC captain in 2016.
He had 4 tackles (while limiting 2015 Freshman All-American WR Calvin Ridley to just 2 receptions for 9 yards) and he returned 4 kickoffs for 112 yards against Alabama (he also had 1 snap on offense). He had 2 tackles on defense and returned a punt for a 77-yard TD against Utah State to earn Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week. He had 6 tackles (1 for a loss), an interception and a deflection, along with 2 kickoff returns for 37 yards and a 25-yard punt return, at Stanford (he also had 1 snap on offense). At Utah, he had 7 tackles, 2 deflections and a fumble recovery, along with a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD (his third career scoring kick runback, including a USC record-tying second for 100 yards, joining his 100-yarder at Utah in 2014) and an 11-yard rush on his only offensive play. Against Arizona State, he had 5 tackles and a deflection, returned 3 kickoffs for 62 yards and had 3 punt returns for 16 yards. Against Colorado, he had 6 tackles and a spectacular tip-toe-the-sideline interception (as the Buffaloes were driving in USC territory), he had a 38-yard kickoff return to tie the USC career kick return yardage record and he added 4 punt returns for 50 yards (including a 47-yarder) and he played 1 snap on offense to earn Hornung Award Honor Roll and Lott IMPACT Player of the Week notice. He had 4 tackles and returned a fumble 26 yards to set up a USC TD, plus he had 2 punt returns for 3 yards at Arizona (he also had 1 snap on offense). Against California, he had 6 tackles and a deflection, plus 2 kickoff returns for 56 yards, 2 punt returns for 33 yards and a rush for 1 yard (while getting 2 snaps on offense). Against Oregon, he had 2 tackles and a deflection, plus 2 punt returns for 16 yards (he also played 3 snaps on offense). At Washington, he picked off a pair of passes to go along with 3 tackles and a deflection on defense, plus he returned 3 kickoffs for 59 yards and had an 8-yard third down rush to pick up a key first down on USC’s final scoring drive to earn CollegeSportsMadness.com Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, Hornung Award Honor Roll, Scout.com Pac-12 Player of the Week and Lott IMPACT Player of the Week honors. At UCLA, he had 4 tackles (1 for a loss) and 2 deflections, a 17-yard rush, 2 kickoff returns for 46 yards and a 16-yard punt return. He scored 3 touchdowns against Notre Dame (a 55-yard punt return, 97-yard kickoff return in which he hurdled an Irish defender and 52-yard pass reception) to become the first Trojan since records were available in 1953 to have scoring punt and kick runbacks in a game; overall, he had 2 tackles and 2 deflections on defense, returned 3 punts for 66 yards and 4 kickoffs for 161 yards and had the 52-yard reception and a 12-yard rush for a first down among his 5 offensive snaps to earn Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week, Rose Bowl Game Pac-12 Player of the Week, Scout.com Pac-12 Player of the Week and Lott IMPACT Player of the Week honors. Against Penn State, he had 4 tackles and an interception on defense, returned 4 kickoffs for 96 yards and had a 13-yard punt return on special teams and had a 20-yard reception and 2 carries for 2 yards while playing 5 plays on offense (he sat out the fourth quarter with an ankle injury).

2015:
Jackson returned in 2015 as a starting cornerback and a dangerous kickoff returner, plus he saw significant action at wide receiver. Overall in 2015 while starting 12 times at cornerback (all but Utah and UCLA), once at safety (versus UCLA) and once at wide receiver (versus Utah), he had 35 tackles, 8 deflections, a forced fumble and an interception for a TD on defense, 27 receptions for 414 yards (15.3 avg) with 2 TDs and 7 carries for 36 yards (5.1 avg) on offense and 30 kickoff returns for 690 yards (23.0 avg) and 24 punt returns for 251 yards (10.5 avg) with 2 TDs on special teams. He was the only player nationally with at least 400 yards receiving, 600 in kickoff returns, 200 in punt returns and 30 tackles. He was second nationally in punt returns TDs (2, first in Pac-12) and 25th in punt returns (10.5, third in Pac-12). He had 157 plays on offense, 657 on defense and 157 on special teams in 2015. He was a finalist for the 2015 Hornung Award. He made Phil Steele All-American third team (as a defensive back and all-purpose player) and SI.com All-American honorable mention. He made the 2015 All-Pac-12 first team (as a defensive back) and second team (as a return specialist), AP All-Pac-12 first team (as a defensive back) and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team (as a defensive back) and second team (as a punt returner). He was USC’s MVP. He had 2 punt returns for 40 yards and a 23-yard kickoff return against Arkansas State while getting 2 plays on offense, 6 on defense and 4 on special teams before being sidelined in the second quarter with an abdominal strain. He had 3 tackles and a deflection along with 4 catches for 62 yards (including a zigzagging 30-yard pickup) and 3 punt returns for 7 yards versus Idaho (he had 6 plays on offense, 32 on defense and 9 on special teams). He had 5 tackles, 5 kickoff returns for 118 yards and a punt return for no yards against Stanford (he played 9 plays on offense, 57 on defense and 12 on special teams). At Arizona State, he had 2 tackles along with 184 all-purpose yards on just 5 touches (3 receptions for 131 yards, including taking a swing pass a career-long 80 yards for a TD to open the game’s scoring and also grabbing a 45-yarder on third-and-6 to keep a TD drive alive, and 2 punt returns for 53 yards, including a ridiculous 45-yarder where he juked, jumped and slipped defenders while playing 4 plays on offense, 48 on defense and 9 on special teams) to earn Hornung Award Honor Roll notice. He had a tackle, 3 catches for 3 yards, 3 punt returns for 3 yards and 3 kickoff returns for 66 yards against Washington while playing 30 plays on offense, 54 on defense and 10 on special teams. At Notre Dame, he had 3 tackles and forced a fumble that USC recovered in the end zone (he also caught a short pass and turned it into an 83-yard score, had 4 kickoff returns for 101 yards and rushed for 9 yards on 2 carries getting 26 plays on offense, 38 on defense and 15 on special teams) to earn Hornung Award Honor Roll notice. He had 6 catches for 37 yards, 2 kickoff returns for 33 yards, 2 punt returns for minus 1-yard and 2 rushes for minus 1-yard against Utah while getting 40 plays on offense, 2 on defense and 10 on special teams. At California, he made 2 tackles, returned his first career interception for a 46-yard TD, had 2 catches for 18 yards, returned a kickoff for 31 yards and had a 9-yard punt return while getting 6 plays on offense, 45 on defense and 9 on special teams to earn CollegeSportsMadness.com Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and Hornung Award Honor Roll honors. He had 2 tackles, 4 catches for 45 yards, 4 punt returns for 28 yards and 3 kickoff returns for 57 yards against Arizona while getting 7 plays on offense, 73 on defense and 12 on special teams to earn Hornung Award Honor Roll notice. He had a tackle, a deflection, a 3-yard reception, 3 kickoff returns for 70 yards and an 11-yard punt return at Colorado while getting 1 play on offense, 56 on defense and 10 on special teams. He had 4 tackles, returned 2 punts for 45 yards (with a 41-yard TD) and picked up a kickoff fumbled by USC and returned it 26 yards at Oregon while getting 5 plays on offense, 63 on defense and 14 on special teams. Jackson had a team-best 6 tackles and 2 deflections (starting at safety) and also returned 3 kickoffs for 53 yards and 2 punts for 46 yards (with a 42-yard TD) against UCLA while seeing 2 plays on offense, 62 on defense and 10 on special teams. Against Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game, he had 2 tackles and 2 deflections on offense, returned 4 kickoffs for 86 yards and had a 27-yard run while getting 5 plays on offense, 55 on defense and 16 on special teams. Against Wisconsin, he had 4 tackles and 2 deflections, 3 catches for 32 yards, a 1-yard rush, a 26-yard kickoff return and a 1-yard punt return while playing 66 plays on defense, 14 on offense and 17 on special teams

2014:
Jackson made quite an impact on defense, offense and special teams as a first-year freshman cornerback, wide receiver and returner/coverage man in 2014. Overall in 2014 while appearing in all 13 games and starting 10 times at cornerback (at Stanford and then in USC’s last 9 games) and once concurrently at wide receiver (Notre Dame), he had 49 tackles, including 4 for losses, 10 deflections, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery on defense, plus 10 receptions for 138 yards (13.8 avg) with 3 TDs and 1 carry for 5 yards (5.0 avg) on offense and 23 kickoff returns for 684 yards (29.7 avg) with 2 TD and 2 punt returns for 12 yards (6.0 avg). He was used as a 3-way player in 8 games in 2014 (the first 4 and the last 4). The last Trojan to see a significant amount of time on offense/defense/special teams in a game was Chad Morton, who did so for several games in both his 1996 redshirt freshman and 1997 sophomore seasons when he played tailback, wide receiver, cornerback, safety and punt returner. Against Notre Dame in 2014, Jackson became the first Trojan to start on offense (wide receiver) and defense (cornerback) in a game since at least the late 1960s when starting records were first reliably kept during the 2-platoon era. Jackson’s 2014 statistics were comparable to those of Michigan’s 3-way star Charles Woodson when he won the Heisman in 1997.
He made the 2014 CollegeSportsMadness.com All-American second team (as a kickoff returner), as well as Football Writers Freshman All-American first team, Sporting News Freshman All-American first team, USA Today Freshman All-American first team, Scout Freshman All-American first team, Phil Steele Freshman All-American first team, CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-American first team, ESPN.com True Freshman All-American first team and 247Sports True Freshman All-American first team. He was named the 2014 Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and made All-Pac-12 honorable mention, as well as the Athlon All-Pac-12 first team (as an all-purpose player), CollegeSportsMadness.com All-Pac-12 first team and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 second team (as a kickoff returner). He is second nationally in kickoff return TDs (2, first in Pac-12) and fifth in kickoff returns (29.7, second in Pac-12). He had a tackle along with 3 receptions for 36 yards (with an 18-yard TD) and a 10-yard punt return against Fresno State while playing 52 plays (13 offense, 25 defense, 14 special teams). At Stanford, he played 36 plays (23 defense, 9 offense, 4 special teams), but did not have any statistics. He had 2 tackles for loss, plus he caught a pass for minus 4 yards and returned 3 kickoffs for 81 yards at Boston College while playing 45 plays (2 offense, 30 defense, 13 special teams). Against Oregon State, he had a tackle and 2 deflections (including one that he tipped to teammate Leon McQuay, who made the interception) along with 2 kickoff returns for 58 yards while playing 44 plays (4 offense, 28 defense, 12 special teams). He had 5 tackles and returned 2 kickoffs for 56 yards against Arizona State. At Arizona, he had 7 tackles and returned a kickoff 34 yards. He had a 15-yard kickoff return and made a tackle before being sidelined with a hip injury against Colorado. He had 4 tackles (1 for a loss), a deflection, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery (on the same play) plus he returned 2 kickoffs for 127 yards (with a school record-tying 100-yarder for a TD) and a punt for 2 yards at Utah to earn College Football Performance Awards National Kickoff Returner of the Week and Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors. He had 8 tackles (1 for a loss) and 2 deflections, plus 3 kickoff returns for 67 yards, at Washington State. He had 5 tackles and 2 deflections on defense and 2 receptions for 17 yards on offense against California while playing 101 plays (75 on defense, 22 on special teams, 4 on offense). He had 5 tackles and a deflection and also returned 3 kickoffs for 54yards and had a 5-yard rush at UCLA while playing 97 plays (74 on defense, 22 on special teams and 1 on offense). He had 3 tackles and a deflection and caught a 16-yard TD against Notre Dame as he became the first Trojan to start on offense (wide receiver) and defense (cornerback) in a game since at least the late 1960s when starting records were first reliably kept during the 2-platoon era while playing 49 snaps (35 on defense, 6 on offense, 8 on special teams) before being sidelined late in the first half with a concussion. Against Nebraska, he made 7 tackles and a deflection, caught 3 passes for 73 yards with a 71-yard TD and returned 3 kickoffs for 130 yards with a Holiday Bowl-record 98-yard TD while playing 103 plays (78 on defense, 21 on special teams, 4 on offense) to earn USA Today All-Bowl Team, CBSSports.com All-Bowl Team and ESPN.com Pac-12 All-Bowl Team honors.

TRACK:
He was a long jumper and sprinter on USC’s track team in the springs of 2015 and 2016, winning the Pac-12 outdoor long jump title both years (and placing second in the Pac-12 100 meters in 2016) and earning All-American status both years after twice placing fifth in the NCAA long jump.
In 2015 outdoor while becoming the first USC football letterman to earn track All-America honors in an individual event (long jump) since Sultan McCullough in 2000 (100 meter dash) and in a field event since long jumper Luther Hayes in 1961, he had legal bests of 10.48 (a then-personal best) in the 100 meters while placing seventh at the Pac-12 Meet (he went 10.53 in the prelims) and 25-11.50 (a personal best and eighth on the USC career list) in the long jump to place fifth at the NCAA Meet. In his other 100 meter outing in 2015, he was sixth at the UCLA Dual (10.54). In his other long jumps, he won the Pac-12 title with a leap of 25-3.50 and also won at the UCLA Dual meet (25-2 wind-aided) and the Trojan Invitational (24-4.15), plus he was seventh at the Mt. SAC Relays (24-4.25) and the NCAA West Prelims (25-8 wind-aided). He occasionally ran a leg on USC’s 400-meter relay team, even helping the quartet at the NCAA West Prelims advance to the NCAA Meet, where he then anchored the 400-meter relay team that finished fourth in 38.75 (second fastest in USC history). He was named USC’s Most Valuable Athlete. In 2016 outdoor while repeating as an All-American, he had legal bests of 10.38 (career best) in the 100 meters while winning the UCLA Dual (he also had a wind-aided 10.35 while running ninth at the Mt. SAC Relays), 21.08 (career best) in the 200 meters while placing second at the UCLA Dual and 25-8.25 in the long jump to place 10th in the U.S. Olympic Trials (he also had wind-aided jumps of 25-10.75 in the U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying round and while winning the Cardinal & Gold Challenge). He also had 100 times of 10.41 to run second at the Cardinal & Gold Challenge and 10.44 to place second at the Pac-12 Championship (he went 10.48 in the prelims) and long jump marks of 25-8 in the Cardinal & Gold Challenge and while placing fourth at the Mt. SAC Relays, 25-5.25 (wind-aided) to place third at the NCAA West Prelims (to qualify for the NCAA Meet), 25-4.75 while winning the UCLA Dual, 25-3.50 while winning the Pac-12 Championships, 25.2 while placing second at the Pepsi Invitational and 25-1.75 for fifth at the NCAA Meet (the first USC long jumper to score in consecutive NCAA Meets since Ed Tave in 1983-84). He also ran often on USC’s 400-meter relay team (usually the anchor or third leg), including helping the quartet clock a season-best 39.74 for second at the Pac-12 Championships, and occasionally ran a leg on the 1600-meter relay squad, including on the team that placed fourth at the Pac-12 Championships in 3:10.46. In 2016 indoor, he had bests of 6.75 in the 60 meters in a heat at the MPSF Championships, 21.28 in the 200 meters while finishing fourth at the New Mexico Classic and 25-1.75 in the long jump while placing second at the MPSF Championship. He also ran a leg on USC’s 1600-meter relay team that set a school indoor record of 3:07.32 in winning the MPSF Championships title and also went 3:10.13 while placing second at the New Mexico Classic.

HIGH SCHOOL:
He made 2013 USA Today All-USA first team, Parade All-American first team, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, Student Sports All-American first team, ESPN 300, Max Preps All-American Medium Schools first team, Cal-Hi Sports California Mr. Football, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division II first team, All-CIF Western Division Defensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Area, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay Player of the Year, Wave Newspapers All-West Region Player of the Year and All-Mission League MVP as a senior wide receiver, running back, defensive back and return specialist at Serra High in Gardena (Calif.). He ran for 639 yards on 66 carries (9.7 avg) with 5 TDs and caught 38 passes for 812 yards (21.4 avg) with 7 TDs on offense in 2013, plus he had 36 tackles, 6 interceptions (3 for touchdowns), 8 deflections and a forced fumble on defense and he had 3 TDs on returns. Serra played in the 2013 CIF Western Division final (he had a 92-yard punt return and a 93-yard kickoff return in the game). As a 2012 junior, he made Max Preps All-American Medium Schools second team, Max Preps All-American Junior second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team, All-CIF Western Division Defensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Area, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay Player of the Year, Los Angeles Wave Player of the Year and All-Mission League Defensive MVP. He had 33 receptions for 546 yards (16.6 avg) with 5 TDs and 175 yards on 7 carries (25.0 avg) with 5 TDs on offense, plus he had 56 tackles, 5 interceptions, 7 deflections, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery on defense and averaged 37.8 yards on 12 punts. Serra won the 2012 CIF Western Division (he had a 78-yard TD run on a fake punt in the game) and CIF state championship Division II bowl game (he had a 95-yard run on a fake punt in the game). As a sophomore in 2011, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Mission League first team as he had 2 receptions for 39 yards (19.5 avg) and made 23 tackles, 6 interceptions and 10 deflections.
He also was on a guard on Serra’s basketball team and was on its track team, with career bests of 10.68 in the 100 meters, 21.59 in the 200 and 25-5.25 in the long jump. Serra won the 2013 CIF state championship while he placed second in the long jump at 24-7. He won the 2012 state long jump title at 20-0.5. He was named the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports California Sophomore Athlete of the Year and 2013 Cal-Hi Sports California Junior Athlete of the Year. Current Trojans Jalen Greene, Olajuwon Tucker, Jalen Jones, Rasheem Green, John Houston Jr., Deontay Burnett, Oluwole Betiku and C.J. Pollard also prepped at Serra.

PERSONAL:
He is a communication major at USC. He grew up in Illinois, then moved to California before his sophomore year at Serra.
CAREER: In his career, he has 139 tackles (6 for losses), 29 deflections, 6 interceptions (1 for TD), 3 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles on defense, 39 receptions for 628 yards (16.1 avg) with 6 TDs and 15 carries for 92 yards (6.1 avg) on offense and 79 kickoff returns for 2,141 yards (27.1 avg) with 4 TDs and 46 punt returns for 578 yards (12.6 avg) with 4 TDs on special teams. In his career, he has scored 15 touchdowns in 4 different ways: via reception (6), interception (1), punt return (4) and kickoff return (4). He tied NCAA records for most career TDs on kick returns (8) and all runbacks (9). He owns the USC career records for kickoff return yardage (2,141 yards) and returns (79) and his 27.1 career kick return average is second on the USC chart behind Anthony Davis’ 34.0. Among his 4 scoring kickoff returns, he has a USC record-tying 2 of 100 yards. He is fifth on USC’s all-time punt return ladder (578 yards). His 4 career punt return TDs ties the USC record (with Nelson Agholor). He has 37 career starts (34 at cornerback, 1 at safety, 1 at wide receiver and 1 concurrently at cornerback and wide receiver).

2016:
Jackson, perhaps the most exciting player in college football, returned as a junior in 2016 for his third year as a starting cornerback and also made an impact as a returner and on offense. USC’s first 3-way player in nearly 20 years, he drew comparisons with former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson (they have posted comparable statistics). Jackson also is the 2-time defending (2015 and 2016) Pac-12 long jump champion for USC’s track team and he was fifth at both the 2015 and 2016 NCAA Meets to twice earn All-American status. He missed 2016 spring football practice while focusing on track. Overall in 2016 while starting all 13 games at cornerback, he had 55 tackles (including 2 for losses of 4 yards), a team-best 11 deflections, a team-high 5 interceptions and a team-best 2 fumble recoveries on defense, he returned 26 kickoffs for 767 yards (29.5 avg) with 2 TDs and 20 punts for 315 yards (15.8 avg) with 2 TDs on special teams and he had 7 carries for 51 yards (7.3 avg) and 2 receptions for 76 yards (38.0 avg) with a TD while playing 18 plays on offense. He was second nationally in punt return TDs (2, first in Pac-12), second in kickoff return TDs (2, first in Pac-12), third in punt returns (15.8, first in Pac-12), sixth in kickoff returns (29.5, first in Pac-12), 18th in interceptions (0.4, third in Pac-12) and 19th in passes defended (1.2, third in Pac-12).
He won the 2016 Thorpe Award and was among 4 finalists for the Hornung Award and 4 finalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. He was named a 2016 consensus All-American first teamer by AP (as a cornerback), Football Writers (as punt returner), Football Coaches (as an all-purpose player), Walter Camp (as defensive back; also second team as kick returner), Sporting News (as cornerback), ESPN (as an all-purpose player), Sports Illustrated (as an all-purpose player; also second team as a returner), CBS Sports (as a cornerback and punt returner; also second team as an all-purpose player and kick returner), Phil Steele (as punt returner; also second team as all-purpose player and third team as defensive back and kick returner), Campus Insiders All-American first team (as all-purpose player) and CollegeSportsMadness.com (as defensive back; also third team as kick returner and as punt returner) and a second teamer by USA Today (as a returner). He was the 2016 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and made the All-Pac-12 first team at 2 positions (defensive back and return specialist), as well as Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team (as a defensive back, kick returner and punt returner). He was named USC’s 2016 Most Valuable Player (the first Trojan to repeat as team MVP since 2004-05 and only the ninth to win the honor twice since the award was first presented in 1967), as well as USC’s Special Teams Player of the Year, Defensive Perimeter Player of the Year and Player of the Game Versus Notre Dame. He was a USC captain in 2016.
He had 4 tackles (while limiting 2015 Freshman All-American WR Calvin Ridley to just 2 receptions for 9 yards) and he returned 4 kickoffs for 112 yards against Alabama (he also had 1 snap on offense). He had 2 tackles on defense and returned a punt for a 77-yard TD against Utah State to earn Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week. He had 6 tackles (1 for a loss), an interception and a deflection, along with 2 kickoff returns for 37 yards and a 25-yard punt return, at Stanford (he also had 1 snap on offense). At Utah, he had 7 tackles, 2 deflections and a fumble recovery, along with a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD (his third career scoring kick runback, including a USC record-tying second for 100 yards, joining his 100-yarder at Utah in 2014) and an 11-yard rush on his only offensive play. Against Arizona State, he had 5 tackles and a deflection, returned 3 kickoffs for 62 yards and had 3 punt returns for 16 yards. Against Colorado, he had 6 tackles and a spectacular tip-toe-the-sideline interception (as the Buffaloes were driving in USC territory), he had a 38-yard kickoff return to tie the USC career kick return yardage record and he added 4 punt returns for 50 yards (including a 47-yarder) and he played 1 snap on offense to earn Hornung Award Honor Roll and Lott IMPACT Player of the Week notice. He had 4 tackles and returned a fumble 26 yards to set up a USC TD, plus he had 2 punt returns for 3 yards at Arizona (he also had 1 snap on offense). Against California, he had 6 tackles and a deflection, plus 2 kickoff returns for 56 yards, 2 punt returns for 33 yards and a rush for 1 yard (while getting 2 snaps on offense). Against Oregon, he had 2 tackles and a deflection, plus 2 punt returns for 16 yards (he also played 3 snaps on offense). At Washington, he picked off a pair of passes to go along with 3 tackles and a deflection on defense, plus he returned 3 kickoffs for 59 yards and had an 8-yard third down rush to pick up a key first down on USC’s final scoring drive to earn CollegeSportsMadness.com Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, Hornung Award Honor Roll, Scout.com Pac-12 Player of the Week and Lott IMPACT Player of the Week honors. At UCLA, he had 4 tackles (1 for a loss) and 2 deflections, a 17-yard rush, 2 kickoff returns for 46 yards and a 16-yard punt return. He scored 3 touchdowns against Notre Dame (a 55-yard punt return, 97-yard kickoff return in which he hurdled an Irish defender and 52-yard pass reception) to become the first Trojan since records were available in 1953 to have scoring punt and kick runbacks in a game; overall, he had 2 tackles and 2 deflections on defense, returned 3 punts for 66 yards and 4 kickoffs for 161 yards and had the 52-yard reception and a 12-yard rush for a first down among his 5 offensive snaps to earn Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week, Rose Bowl Game Pac-12 Player of the Week, Scout.com Pac-12 Player of the Week and Lott IMPACT Player of the Week honors. Against Penn State, he had 4 tackles and an interception on defense, returned 4 kickoffs for 96 yards and had a 13-yard punt return on special teams and had a 20-yard reception and 2 carries for 2 yards while playing 5 plays on offense (he sat out the fourth quarter with an ankle injury).

2015:
Jackson returned in 2015 as a starting cornerback and a dangerous kickoff returner, plus he saw significant action at wide receiver. Overall in 2015 while starting 12 times at cornerback (all but Utah and UCLA), once at safety (versus UCLA) and once at wide receiver (versus Utah), he had 35 tackles, 8 deflections, a forced fumble and an interception for a TD on defense, 27 receptions for 414 yards (15.3 avg) with 2 TDs and 7 carries for 36 yards (5.1 avg) on offense and 30 kickoff returns for 690 yards (23.0 avg) and 24 punt returns for 251 yards (10.5 avg) with 2 TDs on special teams. He was the only player nationally with at least 400 yards receiving, 600 in kickoff returns, 200 in punt returns and 30 tackles. He was second nationally in punt returns TDs (2, first in Pac-12) and 25th in punt returns (10.5, third in Pac-12). He had 157 plays on offense, 657 on defense and 157 on special teams in 2015. He was a finalist for the 2015 Hornung Award. He made Phil Steele All-American third team (as a defensive back and all-purpose player) and SI.com All-American honorable mention. He made the 2015 All-Pac-12 first team (as a defensive back) and second team (as a return specialist), AP All-Pac-12 first team (as a defensive back) and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team (as a defensive back) and second team (as a punt returner). He was USC’s MVP. He had 2 punt returns for 40 yards and a 23-yard kickoff return against Arkansas State while getting 2 plays on offense, 6 on defense and 4 on special teams before being sidelined in the second quarter with an abdominal strain. He had 3 tackles and a deflection along with 4 catches for 62 yards (including a zigzagging 30-yard pickup) and 3 punt returns for 7 yards versus Idaho (he had 6 plays on offense, 32 on defense and 9 on special teams). He had 5 tackles, 5 kickoff returns for 118 yards and a punt return for no yards against Stanford (he played 9 plays on offense, 57 on defense and 12 on special teams). At Arizona State, he had 2 tackles along with 184 all-purpose yards on just 5 touches (3 receptions for 131 yards, including taking a swing pass a career-long 80 yards for a TD to open the game’s scoring and also grabbing a 45-yarder on third-and-6 to keep a TD drive alive, and 2 punt returns for 53 yards, including a ridiculous 45-yarder where he juked, jumped and slipped defenders while playing 4 plays on offense, 48 on defense and 9 on special teams) to earn Hornung Award Honor Roll notice. He had a tackle, 3 catches for 3 yards, 3 punt returns for 3 yards and 3 kickoff returns for 66 yards against Washington while playing 30 plays on offense, 54 on defense and 10 on special teams. At Notre Dame, he had 3 tackles and forced a fumble that USC recovered in the end zone (he also caught a short pass and turned it into an 83-yard score, had 4 kickoff returns for 101 yards and rushed for 9 yards on 2 carries getting 26 plays on offense, 38 on defense and 15 on special teams) to earn Hornung Award Honor Roll notice. He had 6 catches for 37 yards, 2 kickoff returns for 33 yards, 2 punt returns for minus 1-yard and 2 rushes for minus 1-yard against Utah while getting 40 plays on offense, 2 on defense and 10 on special teams. At California, he made 2 tackles, returned his first career interception for a 46-yard TD, had 2 catches for 18 yards, returned a kickoff for 31 yards and had a 9-yard punt return while getting 6 plays on offense, 45 on defense and 9 on special teams to earn CollegeSportsMadness.com Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and Hornung Award Honor Roll honors. He had 2 tackles, 4 catches for 45 yards, 4 punt returns for 28 yards and 3 kickoff returns for 57 yards against Arizona while getting 7 plays on offense, 73 on defense and 12 on special teams to earn Hornung Award Honor Roll notice. He had a tackle, a deflection, a 3-yard reception, 3 kickoff returns for 70 yards and an 11-yard punt return at Colorado while getting 1 play on offense, 56 on defense and 10 on special teams. He had 4 tackles, returned 2 punts for 45 yards (with a 41-yard TD) and picked up a kickoff fumbled by USC and returned it 26 yards at Oregon while getting 5 plays on offense, 63 on defense and 14 on special teams. Jackson had a team-best 6 tackles and 2 deflections (starting at safety) and also returned 3 kickoffs for 53 yards and 2 punts for 46 yards (with a 42-yard TD) against UCLA while seeing 2 plays on offense, 62 on defense and 10 on special teams. Against Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game, he had 2 tackles and 2 deflections on offense, returned 4 kickoffs for 86 yards and had a 27-yard run while getting 5 plays on offense, 55 on defense and 16 on special teams. Against Wisconsin, he had 4 tackles and 2 deflections, 3 catches for 32 yards, a 1-yard rush, a 26-yard kickoff return and a 1-yard punt return while playing 66 plays on defense, 14 on offense and 17 on special teams

2014:
Jackson made quite an impact on defense, offense and special teams as a first-year freshman cornerback, wide receiver and returner/coverage man in 2014. Overall in 2014 while appearing in all 13 games and starting 10 times at cornerback (at Stanford and then in USC’s last 9 games) and once concurrently at wide receiver (Notre Dame), he had 49 tackles, including 4 for losses, 10 deflections, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery on defense, plus 10 receptions for 138 yards (13.8 avg) with 3 TDs and 1 carry for 5 yards (5.0 avg) on offense and 23 kickoff returns for 684 yards (29.7 avg) with 2 TD and 2 punt returns for 12 yards (6.0 avg). He was used as a 3-way player in 8 games in 2014 (the first 4 and the last 4). The last Trojan to see a significant amount of time on offense/defense/special teams in a game was Chad Morton, who did so for several games in both his 1996 redshirt freshman and 1997 sophomore seasons when he played tailback, wide receiver, cornerback, safety and punt returner. Against Notre Dame in 2014, Jackson became the first Trojan to start on offense (wide receiver) and defense (cornerback) in a game since at least the late 1960s when starting records were first reliably kept during the 2-platoon era. Jackson’s 2014 statistics were comparable to those of Michigan’s 3-way star Charles Woodson when he won the Heisman in 1997.
He made the 2014 CollegeSportsMadness.com All-American second team (as a kickoff returner), as well as Football Writers Freshman All-American first team, Sporting News Freshman All-American first team, USA Today Freshman All-American first team, Scout Freshman All-American first team, Phil Steele Freshman All-American first team, CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-American first team, ESPN.com True Freshman All-American first team and 247Sports True Freshman All-American first team. He was named the 2014 Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and made All-Pac-12 honorable mention, as well as the Athlon All-Pac-12 first team (as an all-purpose player), CollegeSportsMadness.com All-Pac-12 first team and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 second team (as a kickoff returner). He is second nationally in kickoff return TDs (2, first in Pac-12) and fifth in kickoff returns (29.7, second in Pac-12). He had a tackle along with 3 receptions for 36 yards (with an 18-yard TD) and a 10-yard punt return against Fresno State while playing 52 plays (13 offense, 25 defense, 14 special teams). At Stanford, he played 36 plays (23 defense, 9 offense, 4 special teams), but did not have any statistics. He had 2 tackles for loss, plus he caught a pass for minus 4 yards and returned 3 kickoffs for 81 yards at Boston College while playing 45 plays (2 offense, 30 defense, 13 special teams). Against Oregon State, he had a tackle and 2 deflections (including one that he tipped to teammate Leon McQuay, who made the interception) along with 2 kickoff returns for 58 yards while playing 44 plays (4 offense, 28 defense, 12 special teams). He had 5 tackles and returned 2 kickoffs for 56 yards against Arizona State. At Arizona, he had 7 tackles and returned a kickoff 34 yards. He had a 15-yard kickoff return and made a tackle before being sidelined with a hip injury against Colorado. He had 4 tackles (1 for a loss), a deflection, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery (on the same play) plus he returned 2 kickoffs for 127 yards (with a school record-tying 100-yarder for a TD) and a punt for 2 yards at Utah to earn College Football Performance Awards National Kickoff Returner of the Week and Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors. He had 8 tackles (1 for a loss) and 2 deflections, plus 3 kickoff returns for 67 yards, at Washington State. He had 5 tackles and 2 deflections on defense and 2 receptions for 17 yards on offense against California while playing 101 plays (75 on defense, 22 on special teams, 4 on offense). He had 5 tackles and a deflection and also returned 3 kickoffs for 54yards and had a 5-yard rush at UCLA while playing 97 plays (74 on defense, 22 on special teams and 1 on offense). He had 3 tackles and a deflection and caught a 16-yard TD against Notre Dame as he became the first Trojan to start on offense (wide receiver) and defense (cornerback) in a game since at least the late 1960s when starting records were first reliably kept during the 2-platoon era while playing 49 snaps (35 on defense, 6 on offense, 8 on special teams) before being sidelined late in the first half with a concussion. Against Nebraska, he made 7 tackles and a deflection, caught 3 passes for 73 yards with a 71-yard TD and returned 3 kickoffs for 130 yards with a Holiday Bowl-record 98-yard TD while playing 103 plays (78 on defense, 21 on special teams, 4 on offense) to earn USA Today All-Bowl Team, CBSSports.com All-Bowl Team and ESPN.com Pac-12 All-Bowl Team honors.

TRACK:
He was a long jumper and sprinter on USC’s track team in the springs of 2015 and 2016, winning the Pac-12 outdoor long jump title both years (and placing second in the Pac-12 100 meters in 2016) and earning All-American status both years after twice placing fifth in the NCAA long jump.
In 2015 outdoor while becoming the first USC football letterman to earn track All-America honors in an individual event (long jump) since Sultan McCullough in 2000 (100 meter dash) and in a field event since long jumper Luther Hayes in 1961, he had legal bests of 10.48 (a then-personal best) in the 100 meters while placing seventh at the Pac-12 Meet (he went 10.53 in the prelims) and 25-11.50 (a personal best and eighth on the USC career list) in the long jump to place fifth at the NCAA Meet. In his other 100 meter outing in 2015, he was sixth at the UCLA Dual (10.54). In his other long jumps, he won the Pac-12 title with a leap of 25-3.50 and also won at the UCLA Dual meet (25-2 wind-aided) and the Trojan Invitational (24-4.15), plus he was seventh at the Mt. SAC Relays (24-4.25) and the NCAA West Prelims (25-8 wind-aided). He occasionally ran a leg on USC’s 400-meter relay team, even helping the quartet at the NCAA West Prelims advance to the NCAA Meet, where he then anchored the 400-meter relay team that finished fourth in 38.75 (second fastest in USC history). He was named USC’s Most Valuable Athlete. In 2016 outdoor while repeating as an All-American, he had legal bests of 10.38 (career best) in the 100 meters while winning the UCLA Dual (he also had a wind-aided 10.35 while running ninth at the Mt. SAC Relays), 21.08 (career best) in the 200 meters while placing second at the UCLA Dual and 25-8.25 in the long jump to place 10th in the U.S. Olympic Trials (he also had wind-aided jumps of 25-10.75 in the U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying round and while winning the Cardinal & Gold Challenge). He also had 100 times of 10.41 to run second at the Cardinal & Gold Challenge and 10.44 to place second at the Pac-12 Championship (he went 10.48 in the prelims) and long jump marks of 25-8 in the Cardinal & Gold Challenge and while placing fourth at the Mt. SAC Relays, 25-5.25 (wind-aided) to place third at the NCAA West Prelims (to qualify for the NCAA Meet), 25-4.75 while winning the UCLA Dual, 25-3.50 while winning the Pac-12 Championships, 25.2 while placing second at the Pepsi Invitational and 25-1.75 for fifth at the NCAA Meet (the first USC long jumper to score in consecutive NCAA Meets since Ed Tave in 1983-84). He also ran often on USC’s 400-meter relay team (usually the anchor or third leg), including helping the quartet clock a season-best 39.74 for second at the Pac-12 Championships, and occasionally ran a leg on the 1600-meter relay squad, including on the team that placed fourth at the Pac-12 Championships in 3:10.46. In 2016 indoor, he had bests of 6.75 in the 60 meters in a heat at the MPSF Championships, 21.28 in the 200 meters while finishing fourth at the New Mexico Classic and 25-1.75 in the long jump while placing second at the MPSF Championship. He also ran a leg on USC’s 1600-meter relay team that set a school indoor record of 3:07.32 in winning the MPSF Championships title and also went 3:10.13 while placing second at the New Mexico Classic.

HIGH SCHOOL:
He made 2013 USA Today All-USA first team, Parade All-American first team, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, Student Sports All-American first team, ESPN 300, Max Preps All-American Medium Schools first team, Cal-Hi Sports California Mr. Football, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division II first team, All-CIF Western Division Defensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Area, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay Player of the Year, Wave Newspapers All-West Region Player of the Year and All-Mission League MVP as a senior wide receiver, running back, defensive back and return specialist at Serra High in Gardena (Calif.). He ran for 639 yards on 66 carries (9.7 avg) with 5 TDs and caught 38 passes for 812 yards (21.4 avg) with 7 TDs on offense in 2013, plus he had 36 tackles, 6 interceptions (3 for touchdowns), 8 deflections and a forced fumble on defense and he had 3 TDs on returns. Serra played in the 2013 CIF Western Division final (he had a 92-yard punt return and a 93-yard kickoff return in the game). As a 2012 junior, he made Max Preps All-American Medium Schools second team, Max Preps All-American Junior second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team, All-CIF Western Division Defensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles Times All-Area, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay Player of the Year, Los Angeles Wave Player of the Year and All-Mission League Defensive MVP. He had 33 receptions for 546 yards (16.6 avg) with 5 TDs and 175 yards on 7 carries (25.0 avg) with 5 TDs on offense, plus he had 56 tackles, 5 interceptions, 7 deflections, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery on defense and averaged 37.8 yards on 12 punts. Serra won the 2012 CIF Western Division (he had a 78-yard TD run on a fake punt in the game) and CIF state championship Division II bowl game (he had a 95-yard run on a fake punt in the game). As a sophomore in 2011, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Mission League first team as he had 2 receptions for 39 yards (19.5 avg) and made 23 tackles, 6 interceptions and 10 deflections.
He also was on a guard on Serra’s basketball team and was on its track team, with career bests of 10.68 in the 100 meters, 21.59 in the 200 and 25-5.25 in the long jump. Serra won the 2013 CIF state championship while he placed second in the long jump at 24-7. He won the 2012 state long jump title at 20-0.5. He was named the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports California Sophomore Athlete of the Year and 2013 Cal-Hi Sports California Junior Athlete of the Year. Current Trojans Jalen Greene, Olajuwon Tucker, Jalen Jones, Rasheem Green, John Houston Jr., Deontay Burnett, Oluwole Betiku and C.J. Pollard also prepped at Serra.

PERSONAL:
He is a communication major at USC. He grew up in Illinois, then moved to California before his sophomore year at Serra.
 

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