Oct. 26, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY – Junior safety Eddie Jackson was named to the list of 16 semifinalists for the prestigious Jim Thorpe Award, the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced Monday. The Jim Thorpe Award is annually presented to the nation’s best defensive back by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
Jackson has already turned in an impressive season with five interceptions and 230 return yards, including two pick-sixes, across eight starts. The Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., native has also added 27 tackles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery in his first season manning the safety position. His 230 interception yards are an all-time high for a single season in Alabama history and currently rank first nationally as well. The five interceptions are tied for the third-most in the NCAA.
Former Alabama defensive backs Landon Collins, Dee Milliner and Mark Barron are among previous Alabama players to be nominated for the prestigious honor in the past, although no Alabama player has won the award since Antonio Langham in 1993.
Jackson and the rest of the Crimson Tide will take the week off before hosting the LSU Tigers on Nov. 7 for a battle of top-10 powers. The Tide and Tigers are scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT kickoff on CBS at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Get all the latest information on the team by following @AlabamaFTBL on Twitter and Facebook and AlabamaFBL on Instagram. General athletics news can also be found at UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and AlabamaAthletics on Facebook.