Arguably the nation’s best guard in 2014 as he earned unanimous All-America honors and was named South Team MVP at the 2015 Senior Bowl…three year starter who earned his first start as a true freshman in the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl and was a fixture in the lineup the rest of his career, making 42 starts.
Captured South Team MVP honors at the 2015 Senior Bowl following the 2014 season where he was arguably the nation’s best offensive guard…became just the fourth Nole guard to capture consenus All-America honors…three-time All-ACC honoree and two-time all-conference first team selection…four-time ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week who led the FSU offensive line with a remarkable 87.1 average…had highest grade in 12 of 14 games, including five games with an average at 90 or above…started 42 games, including 26 straight…leader of one of the nation’s top offenses which averaged 33.7 points and 441.4 total yards…paved the way for FSU to pile up 574 yards of total offense against the nation’s then-top-ranked defense at Louisville in a 42-31 win…season-best grade of 94 came versus Boston College…key protector of QB Jameis Winston, who led the ACC in passing yards and total offense…opened holes for Dalvin Cook to set the FSU freshman record for rushing yards.
Two-year starter for the Noles offensive line that produced the best offensive season in school history…has started 28 career games…his first start was the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl…owned second-highest grade among Seminole offensive linemen (80.2)…had best grade among Seminoles against Idaho (89), Syracuse (93), NC State (86) and Maryland (89)…graded out to 84 percent or above in eight of final nine contests heading into BCS National Championship Game… the Noles set FSU and ACC records for single-season total offense (7,267 yards), points per game (51.6) and yards per play (7.67) and the national record for points (723)…the Noles led the country with 94 touchdowns…FSU set the ACC and school records for total touchdowns (94), passing touchdowns (42) and the school record for rushing touchdowns (42)…Florida State ranked first in the ACC and sixth in the nation in total offense (519.1)…with the nation’s top offensive line providing protection and opening holes, Florida State rushed for 2,844 yards (5.6 ypc), while passing for 4,423 yards…his dominant play helped Jameis Winston become the youngest player ever to win the Heisman Trophy.
True sophomore who stepped into the starting lineup at right guard and proved to be one of the very best in the Atlantic Coast Conference…started all 14 games and boasts the second-highest season grade – 84.7 percent – among all offensive line…his 22 knockdown blocks rank third on the team, including three each against Murray State, USF, Boston College and Virginia Tech…posted the top grade among linemen in six games…made his 15th consecutive start in the Orange Bowl, which will be good for a share of the lead among offensive returnees in 2013.
Played sparingly prior to making his first career start at right guard in the Champs Sports Bowl…played all 62 snaps in the bowl win over Notre Dame and did not allow a sack or pressure…doubled his season total of snaps against the Irish after managing just 31 in the previous seven games…missed the first five games of the season with a groin injury, but played in each of the last eight, primarily on special teams but also at guard…played 10 snaps on offense against Maryland after registering eight the previous week at Duke.
Versatile big man who was recruited by a number of programs as both a defensive tackle and an offensive lineman…impressive physical specimen who has the frame and skill set that excites the coaching staff…garnered a three-star ranking from Rivals.com as a defensive tackle and carries a No. 60 national position rank…also ranked as the No. 78 overall player in talent-rich Georgia…Scout.com had Jackson rated as a three-star prospect at offensive guard…played his high school football at Wayne County for coach Jody Grooms…was a late bloomer in the recruiting world because he sat out his junior season with an injury…hails from the same school that produced former Seminoles’ offensive tackle Tony Yeomans, who was part of FSU’s heralded 1985 signing class…originally committed to Georgia Tech…selected Florida State over Georgia, Alabama, Miami and NC State, though he also had offers from Florida, Rutgers, Middle Tennessee, Georgia Southern and Southern…born December 14, 1992.