2005 Nebraska Offensive Scout Team MVP
One of 13 true freshmen to see action in 2005, Jackson began at running back. However, he quickly switched to free safety where he spent the majority of the year, while also serving on NU’s kickoff coverage unit. Jackson also doubled as a receiver on Nebraska’s scout team unit, earning scout team MVP honors, and spent pre-bowl practice primarily at receiver.
Before Nebraska (Pasco HS)
Jackson’s performance as a senior earned him first-team all-state honors from both the Seattle Times and the Associated Press. Jackson had similar numbers as a junior, rushing for 1,806 yards and 32 touchdowns on 212 carries, with another two scores among his nine receptions. Jackson’s efforts as a junior helped Pasco High to the Class 4A state title, and he earned second-team all-state and Big 9 Co-Offensive Player-of-the-Year honors in the process. In his career, Jackson racked up 4,929 yards and averaged a remarkable 10.7 yards per carry.
Jackson was a USA Today Preseason Super 25 player and was one of seven Husker recruits who played in the U.S. Army All-American game. He also starred in the Pasco secondary and was ranked as the nation’s No. 2 safety prospect by recruiting expert Tom Lemming.
Jackson’s blazing speed led to honors on the track, as he captured the state title in the 100 meters as both a freshman and sophomore, including a 10.74 clocking as a sophomore. He had nine total letters, earning four in football, three in basketball and two in track. Jackson only made an official visit to Nebraska, but chose the Huskers after also receiving offers from Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State and California.