Sophomore defensive back Lamar Jackson is poised for a significant role in the Blackshirt defense in 2017. A highly regarded prospect out of California, Jackson made strong contributions as a true freshman in 2016, earning a spot as Nebraska’s top reserve at cornerback.
This season, the 6-3, 210-pound Jackson is expected to battle for a starting job at cornerback. Senior Chris Jones is likely to return to one spot, while two-year starting corner Joshua Kalu spent the majority of the spring at safety, leaving a corner spot open for competition with Jackson a leading contender for that role. Jackson has outstanding size, speed and athleticism for the cornerback spot.
Jackson played in all 13 games as the Huskers' third cornerback behind junior starters Chris Jones and Joshua Kalu. Jackson made his first career start in the Music City Bowl against Tennessee. In addition to his work in the secondary, Jackson also was a key member of the Huskers' special teams units. He finished the season with 17 tackles, including 14 solo stops. He added two tackles for loss and a sack.
Jackson opened the year with six tackles, including five solo stops against Fresno State. Jackson also had two tackles for 14 yards lost, and an 11-yard sack against the Bulldogs. He added single tackles against Northwestern, Minnesota and Maryland, before a strong effort in the bowl game. Jackson had a team-high eight tackles, including seven solo stops against the Volunteers in the Music City Bowl.
Before Nebraska (Franklin HS)
Jackson was a standout on both sides of the ball for Coach Mike Johnson at Franklin High School in Elk Grove, Calif. As a senior, Jackson helped the Wildcats to a 7-5 record and a trip to the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs. Jackson saw action at quarterback, throwing for 544 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 664 yards and nine touchdowns, including a 97-yard scoring scamper. On defense, Jackson made 28 tackles and had a pass breakup as teams often avoided him in the passing game. Jackson was a first-team all-state pick in California by USA Today and was first-team Sacramento All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee.
Jackson was also a dual threat as a junior, helping Franklin High to a 7-5 record. Jackson threw for 221 yards and rushed for 577 yards and nine touchdowns. He also caught seven passes, including a touchdown. On defense, Jackson had two interceptions, while making 15 tackles.
Jackson helped his team to an 8-4 record as a sophomore in 2013. He was the team’s starting quarterback, throwing for 1,428 yards and 17 touchdowns, while running for 565 yards and five touchdowns. He also saw limited action on defense.
Jackson was ranked among the top 10 safeties in the country by Rivals.com, ESPN, 247 Sports and Scout.com, including being the top-ranked safety by Rivals.com. He ranked among the top 150 overall prospects in the country by all four services, including No. 71 in the ESPN300 and No. 76 by Rivals.com. He was also a consensus choice as one of the top 20 players in the state of California. Jackson also played basketball at Franklin High.
Jackson participated in the Under Armour All-American game following his senior season. He chose Nebraska over dozens of offers including USC, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State and Michigan.
Lamar was born on April 13, 1998, and is the son of Catherine Horton. He is a criminology and criminal justice major and has volunteered time with Uplifting Athletes and hospital visits.