- 2004 First-Team Academic All-Big 12
- Five-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
- Five-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Academic Honor Roll (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
Joel Jackson provided depth at receiver his final three years at Nebraska after beginning his career in the defensive backfield. He played in five games during his Husker career. In 2003, he appeared against Troy State and Texas A&M as a reserve wide receiver. He played against Kansas as a backup wingback in 2002, and played a reserve role at cornerback in 2001 against Rice and Iowa State. Jackson redshirded in his first season.
An Omaha native, Jackson was a standout in the classroom at Nebraska. He earned his first academic All-Big 12 honor as a senior, while he also appeared on each possible Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll during his five years. Jackson earned his degree in mechanical engineering last spring.
Jackson has played in five games during his Nebraska career. In 2003, he appeared against Troy State and Texas A&M as a reserve wide receiver. He played against Kansas as a backup wingback in 2002, and played a reserve role at cornerback in 2001, appearing against Rice and Iowa State. He redshirted in his first season.
Before Nebraska (Papillion-LaVista HS)
Jackson was a standout for Coach Gene Suhr at Papillion-LaVista High School, where he was a teammate of fellow Husker senior Mike Erickson. As a receiver and defensive back for the Monarchs, Jackson was a second-team all-state selection and first-team All-Metro pick by the Omaha World-Herald as a senior. He caught 36 passes for 572 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior and intercepted six passes. Jackson's performance helped Papio to a state quarterfinal appearance in 1999.
Joel is the son of Joe and Barb Jackson and was born on March 1, 1982. Joel earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Nebraska in May of 2004. He was a first-team academic All-Big 12 selection in 2004, and was a 10-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll.