Oregon Ducks defensive back Brian Jackson, a redshirt senior from Hoover High School (Hoover, Alabama), enters his fifth season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Jackson was one of the top high school prospects from the state of Alabama for the 2009 recruiting class. As a senior he recorded 161 tackles and three interceptions while earning Alabama Sports Writers Association first-team all-State as a defensive back and all-Metro first-team as a safety.
In 2009, Jackson sat out his first season as a redshirt while participating on the scout team. Jackson earned scout team defensive player of the week against Purdue and Stanford.
In 2010, Jackson appeared in all 13 games for the Ducks as a redshirt freshman finishing the season with 16 tackles (eight unassisted, eight assisted), two pass deflections, two forced fumbles and one interception that went for six yards. He mostly contributed on special teams coverage.
In 2011, Jackson appeared in 12 of the team’s 14 games recording 27 tackles (10 unassisted, 17 assisted) and had two kick returns for 50 yards including a long of 30. He spent the season behind starter Eddie Pleasant, a future NFLer.
In 2012, Jackson had by far his biggest season as a Duck starting in all 13 games at strong safety/rover – he was one of only three Ducks to start every game of season. He finished the year with 69 tackles (36 unassisted, 33 assisted, one tackle for loss, nine pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions for 35 yards.
Jackson started in the 2013 Oregon Spring Game, but did not record any statistics.
Going into the 2013 season, Jackson will return to his starting spot in the defensive backfield. The Ducks have an incredibly talented secondary, and while names like Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Terrance Mitchell standout, Jackson may be the unsung hero of the entire defense.
With a solid senior year, Jackson could see himself on an NFL roster. CBS Sports lists him as the No. 223 prospect in the 2014 NFL Draft and tenth best free safety. Despite their position goof, he is a potential NFL talent and should hear his name called in next year’s draft. And he may be one of four Ducks DBs to be drafted.