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Darreon Jackson
Player Profile:
Darreon Jackson 3049543
Position: DB
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 205
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Derby, Kan.
Other College: Coffeyville (Kan.) CC
Experience: Transfer

2018:  Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference . . . Phil Steele’s Third Team All-Sun Belt . . . Started all 13 games, posting career-best numbers for tackles (90), tackles for loss (6.5) and sacks (1.5), while also recording two pass break-ups and a forced fumble . . . Led the team in total tackles and ranked No. 6 in the Sun Belt Conference . . . Among defensive backs only, he was the league’s leading tackler . . . Posted double-figure tackles in three games, including a season-high 13 against Tulsa and 10 versus both Alabama and UNLV . . . Responsible for at least four tackles in every game and had eight or more in five contests . . . Recorded one sack at Tulsa and a half-sack at Texas State . . . Lone forced fumble came against Alabama, while his two pass break-ups came against Tulsa and UNLV . . . Athlon Preseason Fourth Team All-Sun Belt Conference . . . Arkansas State Athletics Director’s Honor Roll member.

2017:  Versatile player who competed in all 12 games, including one as a starter, in the defensive backfield and at linebacker . . . Lone start came at the linebacker position against Troy in the Red Wolves’ regular-season finale . . . Recorded 58 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, one sack, two pass break-ups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery . . . One of eight Sun Belt players to record at least 58 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and both a forced and recovered fumble . . . Ranked fourth on the team in tackles and tied for 44th in the Sun Belt Conference . . . Recorded double-figure tackles in 10 games and posted at least five stops in six outings, including a career-high 12 against Middle Tennessee in the Camellia Bowl . . . Also tallied a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss against the Blue Raiders, while recording 1.0 against Louisiana and South Alabama and another 0.5 TFL versus Texas State . . . Lone sack came in the Camellia Bowl . . . Posted eight tackles and his only forced fumble against Nebraska . . . Returned a fumble 28 yards for a touchdown against Coastal Carolina . . . Two pass break-ups came in different games – one versus UAPB and the other at South Alabama . . . A-State Athletics Director’s Honor Roll . . . Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll.

COFFEYVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE:  Defensive back for Coffeyville Community College in 2016 who registered 94 tackles, a forced fumble, six pass break-ups and five interceptions, including two returned for a touchdown . . . Earned Honorable Mention All-KJCCC recognition . . . Helped lead Coffeyville to a 6-5 record, and the Red Ravens received votes in the final NJCAA poll.

BOISE STATE:  Originally signed with Boise State out of high school and redshirted his true freshman season in 2015.

HIGH SCHOOL:  Coming out of high school, he was listed as a 3-star recruit per Scout.com and was also the top-rated individual at his position in the state of Kansas, No. 22 in the Midland Region and No. 100 nationally . . . 3-star recruit per Rivals.com rated No. 9 overall in Kansas . . . 3-star recruit per ESPN rated No. 12 overall in Kansas . . . 3-star recruit per 247Sports rated No. 10 overall in Kansas . . . Named AVCTL-I Defensive Most Valuable Player and first-team all-league on both offense and special teams at Derby High School as a senior . . . Recorded 126 tackles, five interceptions, two forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries . . . Also had two punt returns for touchdowns and two kick returns for touchdowns . . . Scored seven touchdowns without taking an offensive snap . . . Was also named all-state . . . Junior season competed for Mesquite Horn High School in Texas . . . Named first-team all-district at outside linebacker and was honorable mention 5A All-State . . . Registered 89 tackles, four interceptions, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

PERSONAL:  Born Dec. 27, 1996 . . . Earned his bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies in May of 2019.

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