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2019 Season Outlook
Lamar Jackson is expected to be a leader of the Nebraska secondary in his senior season in 2019. The 6-3, 215-pound Jackson has been a mainstay at cornerback the past two seasons, starting 23 of 24 games. The return of Jackson and junior Dicaprio Bootle gives Nebraska one of the top cornerback tandems in the Big Ten as the Husker defense looks to make a jump this fall.
Jackson's size and athleticism allows him to match up with all types of receivers, and he continued to grow in the Huskers’ defensive scheme late last season and in spring ball. Jackson recorded seven pass breakups and a pair of interceptions last season and is poised to take his game to a higher level in 2019.
In the classroom, Jackson is on track to earn his degree in criminology and criminal justice in either December of 2019 or May of 2020, graduating in four year or less.
Jackson started 11 games and played in all 12 contests as a junior in 2018, showing continued improvement throughout the season as a key member of the Husker secondary. Jackson registered 28 tackles, a career-high seven pass breakups and his first two career interceptions, while also forcing the first fumble of his career and adding one tackle for loss.
After totaling one tackle in the season opener against Colorado, Jackson posted two tackles and recorded his first career interception against Troy. The interception was the first by a Husker cornerback in 21 games. In his 15th consecutive start at No. 19 Michigan, Jackson tallied three tackles. He had two stops the next week against Purdue. At No. 16 Wisconsin, Jackson came off the bench to record three tackles and one pass breakup. He returned to the starting lineup at Northwestern and recorded two tackles and a career-high two breakups. Jackson had another pass breakup in the Huskers’ win over Minnesota and had two solo tackles against Bethune-Cookman. At No. 8 Ohio State, Jackson had three tackles, recorded his second career interception and forced a fumble that was recovered by Nebraska. Jackson then tied his career high with two pass breakups the next week against Illinois. He had four tackles against Michigan State, including his first TFL of the season. He concluded his junior season with three solo tackles at Iowa.
Jackson stepped into a full-time starting cornerback role as a sophomore. The only member of the Husker secondary to start every game in 2017, Jackson finished the year with 38 tackles, the most by any NU cornerback. In addition to more than doubling his tackle total from his freshman season, Jackson tallied multiple tackles 10 times and broke up the first three passes of his career.
Jackson began his sophomore campaign with five solo tackles and his first career pass breakup in the Huskers’ season-opening victory over Arkansas State. After combining for five tackles against Oregon and Northern Illinois, Jackson recorded four tackles in the Huskers’ conference-opening win over Rutgers. Jackson played a big role in the Huskers’ comeback win at Purdue, finishing with a career-high eight tackles, all of which were solo stops. He then added a pass breakup in consecutive games against Northwestern and Minnesota before registering four solo tackles at No. 13 Penn State.
Jackson played in all 13 games as the Huskers' third cornerback behind junior starters Chris Jones and Joshua Kalu. Jackson made his first career start in the Music City Bowl against Tennessee. In addition to his work in the secondary, Jackson also was a key member of the Huskers' special teams units. He finished the season with 17 tackles, including 14 solo stops. He added two tackles for loss and a sack.
Jackson opened the year with six tackles, including five solo stops against Fresno State. Jackson also had two tackles for 14 yards lost, and an 11-yard sack against the Bulldogs. He added single tackles against Northwestern, Minnesota and Maryland, before a strong effort in the bowl game. Jackson had a team-high eight tackles, including seven solo stops against the Volunteers in the Music City Bowl.
Before Nebraska (Franklin HS)
Jackson was a standout on both sides of the ball for Coach Mike Johnson at Franklin High School in Elk Grove, Calif. As a senior, Jackson helped the Wildcats to a 7-5 record and a trip to the second round of the Sac-Joaquin Section football playoffs. Jackson saw action at quarterback, throwing for 544 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 664 yards and nine touchdowns, including a 97-yard scoring scamper. On defense, Jackson made 28 tackles and had a pass breakup as teams often avoided him in the passing game. Jackson was a first-team all-state pick in California by USA Today and was first-team Sacramento All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee.
Jackson was also a dual threat as a junior, helping Franklin High to a 7-5 record. Jackson threw for 221 yards and rushed for 577 yards and nine touchdowns. He also caught seven passes, including a touchdown. On defense, Jackson had two interceptions, while making 15 tackles.
Jackson helped his team to an 8-4 record as a sophomore in 2013. He was the team’s starting quarterback, throwing for 1,428 yards and 17 touchdowns, while running for 565 yards and five touchdowns. He also saw limited action on defense.
Jackson was ranked among the top 10 safeties in the country by Rivals.com, ESPN, 247 Sports and Scout.com, including being the top-ranked safety by Rivals.com. He ranked among the top 150 overall prospects in the country by all four services, including No. 71 in the ESPN300 and No. 76 by Rivals.com. He was also a consensus choice as one of the top 20 players in the state of California. Jackson also played basketball at Franklin High.
Jackson participated in the Under Armour All-American game following his senior season. He chose Nebraska over dozens of offers including USC, UCLA, Oregon, Arizona State and Michigan.
Lamar was born on April 13, 1998, and is the son of Catherine Horton. He is a criminology and criminal justice major. Jackson has volunteered time with the Nebraska Football Road Race and hospital visits.