CAREER: Jackson has 52 tackles for loss and 30.5 sacks in his career.
2007: The quick Jackson started for his fourth season at defensive end as a senior in 2007. Overall in 2007 while starting all 13 games, he had 60 tackles, including a team-best 17 for losses of 83 yards (with a team-high 10.5 sacks for minus 64 yards), plus 1 fumble recovery, 2 forced fumbles and 3 deflections. He was tied for 18th nationally in sacks (0.8, tied for third in Pac-10) and tied for 24th in tackles for a loss (1.3, third in Pac-10). He was named to the 2007 AP All-American second team, Phil Steele's All-American second team, Collegefootballnews.com All-American third team, All-Pac-10 first team (making it for the second time after being so honored in 2005), ESPN.com All-Pac-10 first team, Collegefootballnews.com All-Pac-10 first team, Rivals.com All-Pac-10 first team and Phil Steele's All-Pac-10 first team. He was a USC team captain. He won USC's Co-Defensive Player of the Year Award. He was a Senior Bowl invitee. He had surgery on his right ankle prior to 2007 spring practice. He had 3 tackles and a deflection against Idaho, then 6 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss (with a sack), at Nebraska, 2 sacks against Washington State and 6 tackles, including 1.5 for losses (with a sack), at Washington. He had 4 tackles versus Stanford, 1 stop against Arizona, 3 tackles at Notre Dame. He added 11 tackles (1 for a loss) at Oregon, 3 tackles (1.5 sacks) and a deflection against Oregon State and 5 stops and had a fumble recovery late in the game at California. He had 4 sacks, tying the USC game record held by many (last set by Tim Ryan against UCLA in 1989), and 5.5 tackles for a loss (a USC record) among his 8 overall tackles at Arizona State (he also forced a fumble) to earn Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honor. He had 3 stops (including 1 for a loss) and a deflection against UCLA. He had 5 tackles, including 3 for losses (with a sack), and a forced fumble against Illinois.
2006: Jackson started for his third season at defensive end as a junior in 2006. Overall in 2006 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 43 tackles, including 11 for losses of 47 yards (with 4 sacks for minus 26 yards), plus 3 deflections, 2 blocked field goals, an interception, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. He made the 2006 All-Pac-10 second team, Scout.com All-Pac-10 first team and Rivals.com All-Pac-10 second team. He won USC's Defensive Lineman of the Year Award. He missed some of 2006 spring practice with a thigh bruise.
He had 2 tackles at Arkansas, 3 tackles and a deflection versus Nebraska, blocked a field goal at Arizona and 3 tackles (0.5 for loss) at Washington State. He added 3 stops (1 for a loss) against Washington, 5 tackles (1 for a loss) versus Arizona State and 2 tackles, a blocked field goal and a deflection at Oregon State. He had a tackle for a loss at Stanford, then had a game-best 10 tackles, including 4 for losses (with 3 sacks), against Oregon. He had 5 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss (with a sack), plus he forced a fumble and had a deflection against California. He had a tackle for a loss against Notre Dame, then 6 tackles (1 for a loss) at UCLA. He had a tackle, plus an interception and a fumble recovery that both led to USC scores, against Michigan.
2005: Jackson started for his second season at defensive end as a sophomore in 2005 and did a stellar job. Overall in 2005 while starting all 13 games, he had 46 tackles, including 13 for losses of 76 yards (with a team-best 10 sacks for minus 60 yards), plus 6 deflections, a team-best 2 fumble recoveries, a team-best 4 forced fumbles and a blocked PAT. He was a 2005 Rivals.com All-American third teamer. He made the 2005 All-Pac-10 first team. He made the 2005 ESPN.com All-Pac-10 team. He won USC's Defensive Lineman of the Year and Co-Player of the Game versus UCLA Awards.
He had 4 tackles (including 2 sacks and a deflection) at Hawaii, 4 tackles each against Arkansas and Oregon, a team-high 7 tackles (including 2.5 for losses, with 1.5 sacks) at Arizona State, 2 stops and 2 deflections against Arizona, and 4 tackles (1 for a loss) at Notre Dame). He added 2 tackles (with a sack) and a deflection at Washington, then 3 tackles (1 for a loss), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on the same play that led to a USC TD and also a blocked PAT against Washington State. He had 3 stops (with a sack), a fumble recovery (to set up a USC TD) and 2 deflections against Stanford, a tackle at California and then 7 tackles (with a sack) and a forced fumble that USC recovered to set up a field goal against Fresno State. He had 5 tackles, including 3 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles (USC recovered the second one).
2004: Jackson started at defensive end as a redshirt freshman in 2004 and did a commendable job. Overall in 2004 while appearing in all 13 games (he started all but BYU), he had 32 tackles, including 11 for losses of 41 yards (with 6 sacks for 31 yards), plus a deflection and an interception (against Arizona, which he returned 19 yards to set up a TD). He made the 2004 Collegefootballnews.com Freshman All-American first team, The Sporting News and Rivals.com Freshman All-American second teams and The Sporting News Freshman All-Pac-10 first team. He had 5 tackles against Oregon State (1.5 for losses) and Notre Dame (2 for losses) and 4 stops against Arizona State.
2003: Jackson redshirted as a freshman defensive end in 2003, his first year at USC. He won USC's Service Team Defensive Player of the Year award. After the season, he had arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle to remove debris.
HIGH SCHOOL: He earned 2002 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Student Sports All-American first team, Tom Lemming All-American, CNNSI.com All-American first team, The Insiders.com All-American first team, Super Prep Elite 50, Prep Star Top 100 Dream Team, The Sporting News Hot 100, Tom Lemming Top 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tom Lemming All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, All-CIF Division III first team, Los Angeles Times All-Star first team, Los Angeles Times All-South Bay/Westside Lineman MVP, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Bay League MVP honors as a senior at Inglewood (Calif.) High. He had 142 tackles, with 11 sacks, plus 4 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions in 2002 while playing defensive line and middle linebacker.
As a junior in 2001, he made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-CIF Division X first team, Los Angeles times All-Star first team, Los Angeles Times All-South Bay Lineman of the Year, South Bay Daily Breeze All-South Bay first team and All-Ocean League Defensive MVP. He had 134 tackles, including 22 sacks, plus 2 interceptions (1 returned for a TD), 7 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries and 3 blocked kicks in 2001. Inglewood made it to the 2001 CIF Division X semifinals.
During his 2000 sophomore season, Inglewood advanced to the CIF Division X finals.
In his career, he had 57 sacks.
He also was on Inglewood's track team.
PERSONAL: He's a sociology major at USC. His brother, Keith, was an offensive tackle at Arizona.
LAWRENCE JACKSON ON: What he learned from some of his former teammates, like All-American defensive linemen Shaun Cody and Mike Patterson: "They all taught me the attitude that I need to attack everything and have a sense of urgency at all times."
The advice he gleaned from reading W. Timothy Gallwey's "The Inner Game of Tennis," recommended to him by Pete Carroll when Jackson was in a sack slump in early 2006: "At first, it seemed kind of weird to me and I just let it sit there on top of the bookshelf. But then I started reading it and I couldn't stop. It just helped me relax and stay calm. It's about reacting and learning to relax. It's about trusting yourself and not criticizing yourself so much...It helped out because I was being critical and judgmental. I just gave in to those feelings. I would be disappointed in myself. It hindered me physically. After wins, I wouldn't be excited about the win, I would be disappointed with no sacks...Coach Carroll and I had a talk about how I was trying too hard and how it inhibits you from being yourself. If you tell yourself to do this or do that, it slows down your play."
His philosophical nature: "I'm interested in how the world turns. I'm really into the awareness of 'If this happens, then that happens.' I look at things that happen and why they happen. When people look at something from one direction, they can't know everything fully. You have to understand what you don't understand to have a global point of view. I've always been that way since I was a little kid. I think about stuff the average person doesn't think about...I'm not a philosopher. I have a philosophical point of view. It's just the way I look at things. There's black and white, but there's also a gray area that not everybody focuses on, but it's there...Philosophy is not just about mind and body and soul. It's analyzing situations and coming up with solutions."
Why he changed his major from philosophy to sociology: "If I learn something, I want to be able to carry it and teach somebody else. The average person can't understand philosophy. So, I decided to go to sociology so I can take a look at certain problems. I'm from the inner city. I've been with guys who died or are in jail now who didn't make it. I have a well-nourished background of how to get out. That's my biggest thing. I feel like I made it so I can go back and show other people that there is a way."
WHAT OTHERS SAY: Former USC All-American defensive tackle Shaun Cody: "He's a specimen-big, fast and strong. And he's definitely a big-time thinker. He has a contrary point of view and just wants to get a debate going. He was fun to talk to and be around."
Former USC defensive end Frostee Rucker: "Lawrence is a unique individual on and off the field, with his etiquette and the way he carries himself. He's a good man and a very intelligent guy. You can count on him for so many different things."
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GAME-BY-GAME WITH LAWRENCE JACKSON
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Video on Trojan TV All Access 09-20-07 One on One with L. Jackson