Adoree' Jackson: Unanimous All-American|
Dec. 14, 2016
With his being named an All-American first teamer as an all-purpose player today by the American Football Coaches Association, USC junior cornerback-wide receiver-returner Adoree’ Jackson becomes a 2016 unanimous All-American.
He is USC’s 28th unanimous selection (most recently, wide receiver Marqise Lee in 2012).
Jackson was named to All-American first teams this year by AP (as a cornerback), Football Writers (as punt returner), Football Coaches (as an all-purpose player), Walter Camp (as defensive back; also second team as kick returner), Sporting News (as cornerback), ESPN (as an all-purpose player), Sports Illustrated (as an all-purpose player; also second team as a returner), CBS Sports (as a cornerback and punt returner; also second team as an all-purpose player and kick returner), Phil Steele (as a punt returner, also second team as all-purpose player and third team as defensive back and kick returner) and CollegeSportsMadness.com (as defensive back; also third team as kick returner and as punt returner). He also was an All-American second team pick by USA Today (as a returner).
Players need to be selected by the first 5 of those teams (AP, Football Writers, Football Coaches, Walter Camp and Sporting News) to be a unanimous pick.
Jackson, a 3-year starter and 3-way performer for the Rose Bowl-bound Trojans, is among the nation’s most exciting players. Winner of the 2016 Thorpe Award and a finalist for both the 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 and 22nd in passes defended.
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.
Also the 2015 and 2016 Pac-12 long jump champion, he twice finished fifth in the NCAA long jump.