JSU's Clarence Jackson Named National Defensive Player of the Week

Jacksonville State's Clarence Jackson has been named the National Defensive Player of the Week, the College Sporting News announced on Monday.

Jackson, who was named the OVC Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday, was a one-man wrecking crew to the high-powered Murray State offense as the sophomore linebacker finished with seven tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack for 12 yards, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, three pass breakups and a blocked field goal.

Jackson helped a Gamecock defense hold Murray State to just a total of 11 rushing yards on 27 carries, which was the fewest yards by an OVC opponent since EIU managed just 20 yards in 2008. After the Gamecocks rallied from a 10-0 deficit and with Murray attempting to cut the lead on a 26-yard field goal, Jackson came off the right end to block the field goal attempt with just 1:41 left in the second quarter.

Early in the third quarter, Jackson forced a Racer fumble and then recovered the fumble to stop a Murray State scoring threat.

The 12th ranked Gamecocks have an open date on Saturday and return to action on Oct. 15 at Austin Peay, the second of three straight road games. JSU returns to Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium on Oct. 29 against Tennessee Tech for Homecoming and kickoff is set for 3 p.m.