Adoree' Jackson Named Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player Of Year|
Dec. 2, 2014
USC freshman cornerback-wide receiver-returner Adoree' Jackson has been named the Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year in a vote by the league's coaches.
He is the third Trojan in the past four years so honored, joining linebacker Dion Bailey (2011) and defensive tackle Leonard Williams (2012). One other USC defensive freshman, safety Taylor Mays in 2006, was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Jackson has recorded 42 tackles, including 4 for losses, plus 9 deflections, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble in 2014. He has started the past 8 games at cornerback and has 9 starts overall at the position.
He also has caught 7 passes for 65 yards (9.3 average) with 2 TDs as a wide receiver this season. Last week against Notre Dame, he became the first Trojan to start on offense and defense in a game since at least the late 1960s when starting records were first reliably kept during the 2-platoon era that began in 1965.
Jackson also has returned 20 kickoffs this year for a 27.7 average, which ranks fourth nationally. He had a school record-tying 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown at Utah when he was named the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week. His 554 kickoff return yards already rank 19th on the USC career list. He also has 2 punt returns in 2014 for a 6.0 average.
He is the first Trojan since Chad Morton in 1996 and 1997 to see significant action in a game as a 3-way player. Jackson has played on offense/defense/special teams in 7 games in 2014, including the first 4 of the season and the past 3.
Joining Jackson on the Pac-12 football individual awards are: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota (Offensive Player of the Year), Arizona LB Scooby Wright III (Defensive Player of the Year), Oregon RB Royce Freeman (Freshman Offensive Player of the Year) and Arizona's Rich Rodriguez (Coach of the Year).
The 2014 All-Pac-12 Football Team will be announced later today.