Defense was the talk of the day following practice.
Jackson becomes WKU's 29th all-time draftee.
2013 Game High Stats:
Solo Tackles: 9 vs. Army (11/9/13)
Total Tackles: 15 vs. Army (11/9/13)
TFLs: 2 (two times)
Sacks: 1 vs. Texas State (11/23/13)
Jackson has seen action in 11 games this season, earning ten starts. He finished second on the team in tackles with 95. He also finished the regular season tied for third on the team with (8.5) tackles for loss. Jackson's best game this season came against Army where he recorded 15 total tackles.
Jackson followed up his breakout sophomore campaign with an even better showing in his junior season, leading WKU in tackles (122), forced fumbles (4) and quarterback hits (3). He was named First-Team All-Sun Belt Conference for the second-straight season, leading the Hilltoppers in tackling on six different occasions to make him WKU's leading tackler in 14 of the last 26 games he has played. His 17.5 tackles for loss ranked second on the team behind sack artist Quanterus Smith's 18.5. Jackson dominated from the get-go, totaling six tackles (2.5 for loss), a sack and a forced fumble in season-opening win versus Austin Peay on Sept. 1. He notched a team-high seven tackles at No.1 Alabama on Sept. 8, including 1.5 tackles for loss against what was considered the nation's best offensive line. He piled up eight tackles in win at Kentucky on Sept. 15, WKU's first ever victory over a BCS automatic-qualifying program. Jackson tallied first double-digit tackle performance of the season at Arkansas State on Sept. 29, finding the ball carrier 12 times. He recorded 12 more tackles in a nationally-televised win over Troy on Oct. 11. Jackson led the team in tackles for the third-straight game against ULM on Oct. 20, totaling 10 tackles and a forced fumble. He posted his fourth double-digit tackling performance of the season against Middle Tennessee on Nov. 1, finishing the contest with 13 stops and a forced fumble. He racked up career bests in tackles (19) and tackles for loss (4.5) versus Florida Atlantic on Nov. 10. Jackson found the ball carrier 15 more times in regular-season finale against North Texas on Nov. 24, bringing his conference tackle total to 90. He totaled six stops in WKU's first-ever FBS bowl appearance against Central Michigan on Dec. 26.
Jackson took over the reins at the middle linebacker position for the WKU defense in 2011, earning First-Team All-Sun Belt Conference honors after leading the team in total tackles (109) and tackles for loss (17.0). He led the team in the tackles in eight different games during the regular season and posted double-digit tackling performances in five different games. He recorded multiple tackles for loss in five games, including a season-high three tackles for loss against Indiana State on Sept. 17. He also had 3.5 sacks on the season, good for the third-highest total on the Hilltopper defense. Jackson led all Hilltoppers with 12 tackles in the season opener against Kentucky on Sept. 1, including two solo tackles for loss. He forced a fumble to go along with 10 total tackles in week two against Navy on Sept. 10, finishing second on the team in tackles. Jackson led the Hilltoppers in tackles for the third time in the first four games, posting 13 stops against Arkansas State on Oct. 1, including one solo tackle for a loss. He helped the Hilltoppers to their first win of the season by intercepting his first-career pass against Middle Tennessee on Oct. 6, while also making a tackle for a loss resulting in a safety. He finished with seven tackles, including five solo stops. Jackson recorded his fifth double-digit tackling performance of the season against Louisiana-Lafayette on Oct. 22, making 11 tackles and recovering a fumble that eventually led to a WKU touchdown in its first home win of the season. He had a sack and 1.5 tackles for loss against No. 1-ranked LSU on Nov. 12. He finished with eight tackles in the game. Jackson closed the regular season with four tackles against Troy on Nov. 26, including a tackle for a three-yard loss on fourth-and-one in the first half.
Jackson saw his only action of the season against Middle Tennessee on Nov. 20.
Jackson posted 100 tackles as an inside linebacker with 65 of the tackles being solo. He collected three sacks and three interceptions, scoring one touchdown on the defensive side of the ball. Jackson was named First-Team All-County and First-Team All-State after his senior season while also being tabbed as the team Defensive Player of the Year and the FACA Defensive Player of the Year.