Adoree' Jackson Named Thorpe Semifinalist, Lott Quarterfinalist|
Oct. 24, 2016
USC junior cornerback-wide receiver-returner Adoree' Jackson has been name one of 16 semifinalists for the 2016 Jim Thorpe Award, given to the top defensive back in college football by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, as well as one of 19 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, presented by the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation to the best college defensive player who makes the biggest IMPACT on his team both on and off the field.
Joining Jackson as Thorpe Award semifinalists are Jaire Alexander of Louisville, Budda Baker of Washington, Travon Blanchard of Baylor, Justin Evans of Texas A&M, Minkah Fitzpatrick of Alabama, Malik Hooker of Ohio State, 2015 Thorpe winner Desmond King of Iowa, Jourdan Lewis of Michigan, Kai Nacua of BYU, Jabrill Peppers of Michigan, Weston Steelhammer of Air Force, Cordrea Tankersley of Clemson, Tre'Davious White of LSU, Xavier Woods of Louisiana Tech and Andrew Wingard of Wyoming.
Three Thorpe Award finalists will be named on Nov. 21 and the winner will be announced at the live Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 8 on ESPN. The winner of the 2016 Thorpe Award will be honored at a banquet in Oklahoma City on Feb. 7, 2017.
Jackson's fellow Lott Trophy quarterfinalists are Jamal Adams, S, LSU; Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama; Budda Baker, S, Washington; Ben Boulware, LB, Clemson; Jack Cichy, LB, Wisconsin; Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida; Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M; Eddie Jackson, S, Alabama; Joshua Kalu, CB, Nebraska; Andrew King, LB, Army; Desmond King, CB, Iowa; Micah Kiser, LB, Virginia; Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State; Calvin Munson, LB, San Diego State; Jabrill Peppers, LB, Michigan; Weston Steelhammer, S, Air Force; T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin; and A.J. Wolf, DE, Duke.
Lott Trophy semifinalists will be announced Nov. 9 and four finalists will be announced Nov. 30. The finalists will attend the Lott IMPACT Trophy Awards Banquet Dec. 11 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach, where the winner will be announced live on FOX Sports. IMPACT is an acronym for Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity.
Jackson, a 2015 All-Pac-12 first teamer and Hornung Award finalist, has 34 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and 4 deflections in 2016 as a third-year starting cornerback. He also averages 31.7 yards with a touchdown on 11 kickoff returns and 15.5 yards with a TD on 11 punt returns. He currently ranks third nationally in both kickoff return TDs and punt return TDs, seventh in both punt returns and kickoff returns and ninth in fumbles recovered. He also has taken a few snaps this year on offense, with an 11-yard run so far.
He is tied with Curtis Conway as USC's career kickoff return yardage leader with 1,723 yards (doing so in 9 less runbacks) and he is tied for 10th on USC's all-time punt return chart (434 yards). He has scored 12 touchdowns via reception (5), interception (1), punt return (3) and kickoff return (3) in his career.
Last year, he was the only player in college football with at least 400 yards receiving, 600 in kickoff returns, 200 in punt returns and 30 tackles.
He also competes with the USC track team, where he was the 2015 and 2016 Pac-12 long jump champion (and runnerup in the 100 meters at the 2016 Pac-12 meet) and twice finished fifth in the NCAA long jump.