Lawrence Jackson

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name=Lawrence Jackson



caption = Jackson on the sidelines at Nebraska
currentteam=Seattle Seahawks
currentnumber=95
currentposition=Defensive end
birthdate=birth date and age|1985|8|30
birthplace=Inglewood, California
heightft=6
heightin=4
weight=270
debutyear=2008
debutteam=Seattle Seahawks
college=Southern California
draftyear=2008
draftround=1
draftpick=28
pastteams=
* Seattle Seahawks (2008-present)
status=Active
highlights=
* First-Team All-Pac-10 (2007)

* Second-Team All-America (2007)
* Second-Team Team All-Pac-10 (2006)

* First-Team All-Pac-10 (2005)

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Lawrence Jackson (born August 30, 1985 in Inglewood, California) is an American football defensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. He played collegiately for USC. He is referred to as LJ or LoJack. [Dick Weiss, [http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/more_sports/2007/08/26/2007-08-26_return_of_troy.html Return of Troy] , "New York Daily News", August 26 2007,.]

High School career

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.

College career

Jackson played college football for the University of Southern California and wasa 4-year stater for the Trojans. 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.

In 2004 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

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

Measurables

"Height": 6'4" "Weight": 271 lbs
"40-yard time": 4.82 "20-yard time": 2.79 "10-yard time":1.60
"Vertical jump": 31" "Broad jump" 9'0": "Short shuttle": 4.40 "3-cone drill": 7.08
"225-pound bench press": 31 reps
Jackson increased his vertical jump to 34-1/2" at the USC Pro Day. [ [http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/players.php?genpos=DE&draftyear=2008&sortby=tsxpos&order=ASC&startspot=0 NFLdraftscout.com] ]

NFL career

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 (American football), Vernon Gholston, and Derrick Harvey). Gholston was taken as a defensive end although it is expected he will play outside linebacker in the NFL.

References

External links

* [http://usctrojans.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/jackson_lawrence00.html USC Bio]
* [http://www.rotarylombardiaward.com Lombardi Award List]


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