Adoree' Jackson, Zach Banner Named All-Americans|
Dec. 8, 2016
USC junior cornerback-wide receiver-returner Adoree' Jackson has been named an All-American first teamer by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and CollegeFootballMadness.com.
Jackson was selected as a defensive back by 3 of the outlets and as an all-purpose player by Sports Illustrated, and he also made Walter Camp's second team as a kick returner, Sports Illustrated's second team as a returner and CollegeSportsMadness.com's third team as a kick returner and as a punt returner.
Senior offensive tackle Zach Banner also made the CollegeSportsMadness.com All-American first team.
Jackson and Banner are USC's 164th and 165th All-American first team selections.
Jackson, a 3-year starter and 3-way performer, is among the nation's most exciting players. A finalist for the 2016 Thorpe Award, Hornung Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy, he was the 2016 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and made the All-Pac-12 first team at 2 positions (defensive back and return specialist).
He has 51 tackles (including 2 for losses of 4 yards), a team-best 11 deflections, a team-high 4 interceptions and a team-best 2 fumble recoveries on defense in 2016, he returned 22 kickoffs for 671 yards (30.5 avg) with 2 TDs and 19 punts for 302 yards (15.9 avg) with 2 TDs on special teams and he had 5 carries for 49 yards (9.8 avg) and a 52-yard TD reception while playing 13 plays on offense. He currently is second nationally in punt return TDs, second in kickoff return TDs, third in punt returns, sixth in kickoff returns, 22nd in passes defended and 25th in fumbles recovered.
He owns the USC career records for kickoff return yardage (2,045 yards) and returns (75) and his 27.3 career kick return average is second on the USC chart behind Anthony Davis' 34.0. He also is fifth on USC's all-time punt return ladder (565 yards). His 4 career punt return TDs ties the USC record (with Nelson Agholor). He has scored 15 touchdowns via reception (6), interception (1), punt return (4) and kickoff return (4) in his career. Among his 4 scoring kickoff returns, he has a USC record-tying 2 of 100 yards. He has 5 career interceptions.
Banner, a third-year starter on the right side, made the All-Pac-12 first team for the second consecutive year in 2016. He is among 10 finalists for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award (given to the nation's top senior excelling in community/classroom/character/competition).