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Lawrence Jackson

Lawrence Jackson
Lawrence Jackson during his tenure with the USC Trojans.
No. --     Free agent
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1985-08-30) August 30, 1985
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 271 lb (123 kg)
Career information
High school: Inglewood (CA)
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28
Debuted in 2008 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-Team All-America (2007)
  • 2× First-Team All-Pac-10 (2005, 2007)
  • Second-Team Team All-Pac-10 (2006)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Tackles 141
Sacks 19.5
Fumbles Forced 4
Fumbles Recovered 2
Interceptions 0
Stats at NFL.com

Lawrence Christopher Jackson[1] (born August 30, 1985) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at USC.

He is referred to as LJ or LoJack.[2]

High school career

Jackson played football and ran track at Inglewood High School in Inglewood, California. In 2002, Jackson was a consensus prep All-America, All-West, All-State, All-City and All-League selection as well as his leagues MVP. 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 was All-City and All-League and his league's Defensive Player of the Year. 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 semi-finals. During his 2000 sophomore season, Inglewood advanced to the CIF Division X finals. For his career, he had 57 sacks.

Jackson applied to be the Head Coach for Inglewood High School in 2014, losing out on the job to his former coach. Jason Miller.

College career

Jackson played college football for the University of Southern California and was a 4-year starter for the Trojans starting 51 of 52 games.Philip Rivers (NC State) is the only other player in NCAA history to start 51 games. In 2007 Jackson was an AP All-American second team selection, 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, and the Rivals.com All-Pac-10 first team. Jackson was on the 2007 Street and Smiths and Phil Steele's preseason All-American first team and on the Ted Hendricks Award and Bednarik Award watch lists.

He was on the 2006 Lombardi Award, Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists and 2006 Athlon and Street & Smith's Walter Camp preseason All-American. He fell to Second-team Rivals.com and coaches All-Pac-10 in 2006. He totaled only 4 sacks in 2006, off from his first two years at USC.

He led the team with 10 sacks in 2005. He also had 46 tackles. He was a 2005 Rivals.com Third-team All-American. He was First-team All-Pac-10 and on ESPN's First-team All-Pac-10 team.

Jackson started at defensive end as a redshirt freshman in 2004. He played in 13 games (12 starts). He made the 2004 Collegefootballnews.com Freshman All-American first team, The Sporting News and Rivals.com Freshman All-American second teams. He had 32 tackles (11 for a loss) and 6 sacks.

Jackson redshirted as a true freshman in 2003. 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.

College career statistics

YEAR TEAM GP GS TT T/L Sacks FR PD INT
2004 USC 13 12 32 11 6 0 1 1
2005 USC 13 13 46 13 10 2 7 0
2006 USC 13 13 43 11 4 1 5 1
2007 USC 13 13 60 17 10.5 1 3 0
Totals 52 51 181 52 30.5 4 16 2

Key: GP - games played; GS - games started; TT - total tackles; T/L - tackles for a loss; FR - fumbles recovered; PD - passes deflected; Int - interceptions

Professional career

Measurables

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 4 in 271 lb 4.82 s 1.60 s 2.79 s 4.40 s 7.08 s 34½ in 9 ft 0 in 31 reps
Vertical from USC Pro Day, all others from NFL Combine[3]

Seattle Seahawks

Lawrence Jackson and Patrick Kerney sacking Aaron Rodgers.

Jackson was selected with the 28th pick in the 2008 NFL draft by the Seattle Seahawks. He was the fourth defensive end taken in the first round (behind Chris Long, Vernon Gholston, and Derrick Harvey).

Jackson had a disappointing 2008 season as he finished with 29 tackles and 2 sacks. However, he did play every game of the season. After the season, Jackson said that he is looking to improve.

Detroit Lions

On August 18, 2010, Jackson was traded to the Detroit Lions for a 6th round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.[4]

Jackson finished the 2010 season with 34 tackles and 6 sacks, along with a forced fumble while playing only 11 games as the Lions finished 6-10.

Jackson was not able to replicate the same results in 2011 or 2012, posting a combined 46 tackles and 7 sacks over the two seasons.

References

  1. ^ "Jackson Pro Football Reference Profile". pro-football-reference.com. 
  2. ^ Dick Weiss, Return of Troy, New York Daily News, August 26, 2007,.
  3. ^ NFLdraftscout.com
  4. ^ Lions Send 6th-Round Pick To Seattle For Lawrence Jackson PrideofDetroit.com August 19, 2010

External links

  • USC Bio
  • Lombardi Award List
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