Adoree' Jackson Repeats As USC's Team MVP|
Dec. 14, 2016
USC All-American and Thorpe Award-winning junior cornerback-wide receiver-returner Adoree’ Jackson was named the Most Valuable Player of the Rose Bowl-bound 2016 Trojan football team at the annual awards banquet Wednesday (Dec. 14) at USC's Tutor Campus Center Ballroom.
Jackson repeated as USC’s MVP, after winning the award in 2015. He is only the ninth Trojan to win the honor twice since it was first presented in 1967 and the first to do so since 2004-05. He joins 2-time USC MVPs Reggie Bush (2004-05), Curtis Conway (1991-92), Rodney Peete (1087-88), Tim McDonald (1985-86), Charles White (1978-79), Ricky Bell (1975-76), Jimmy Jones (1970-71) and O.J. Simpson (1967-68).
Jackson, who 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), also was named USC’s Special Teams Player of the Year, Defensive Perimeter Player of the Year and Player of the Game Versus Notre Dame (he scored touchdowns via punt return, kickoff return and reception). 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 21st in passes defended.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold, who has guided USC to an 8-1 record since his insertion into the starting lineup, won USC’s Most Inspirational Player Award and Bob Chandler Award. Senior offensive tackles Zach Banner and Chad Wheeler were USC’s Offensive Linemen of the Year, while senior defensive tackle Stevie Tu’ikolovatu was the Defensive Lineman of the Year. Wide receivers Darreus Rogers and JuJu Smith-Schuster were chosen as Offensive Perimeter Players of the Year.
A complete list of the 2016 awards:
Most Valuable Player: cornerback-wide receiver-returner Adoree’ Jackson
Most Inspirational Player: quarterback Sam Darnold
Trojan Way Leadership Award: inside linebacker Cameron Smith
Special Teams Player of the Year: cornerback-wide receiver-returner Adoree’ Jackson
Jack Oakie "Rise and Shine" Award (year's most electrifying run): tailback Ronald Jones II
Player of the Game Vs. UCLA: wide receiver De’Quan Hampton
Player of the Game Vs. Notre Dame: cornerback-wide receiver-returner Adoree’ Jackson
Howard Jones/Football Alumni Club Academic Award (overall academic achievement): quarterback Max Browne
Bob Chandler Award (underclassman with outstanding athletic ability, academic achievement and character): quarterback Sam Darnold
Joe Collins Walk-on Award: inside linebacker Grant Moore
Community Service Award: offensive tackle Zach Banner