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Jackson Repeats as Big South Special Teams Player of the Week
Jackson (R-Sr., WR/RS, Jacksonville, Fla.) posted a banner evening against Shippensburg last Saturday, scoring three touchdowns. He recorded his second-career, 100-yard receiving game by catching three passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns.
But what earned him his second-consecutive special teams honor happened late in the first quarter. The Red Raiders pinned Jackson deep in Liberty territory with a 55-yard punt, but Jackson found a few holes downfield on the coverage, returning the punt 88 yards for a touchdown.
The scamper accounted for the second-longest punt return in program history, ranking only behind Andrew McFadden's 93-yard return against Delaware State in 1995.
Jackson set two Big South's records with the run, including longest punt return in conference history. The senior also became the first player in league history to return a punt for a touchdown in consecutive games.
Jackson currently ranks No. 2 in the Big South with 441 career punt return yards, is tied for second with a 13.4 career average and two punt returns for a touchdown and is fourth with 33 career punt returns.
After two weeks of college football, Jackson ranks No. 4 in the country by averaging 20.4 yards per punt return. The Big South preseason all-conference return specialist is one of four players in the nation to have returned a punt for a touchdown this year and he is the only one to have more than one return for a score.
On Sept. 3, Jackson was named the Big South's Special Teams Player of the Week after returning his first punt for a touchdown on a 65-yard return against Tusculum.
Others receiving honors from the Big South this week included Coastal Carolina quarterback William Richardson, who was named the Big South Choice Hotels Offensive Player of the Week, Gardner-Webb's Brian Johnston, who was named the Big South New Balance Defensive Player of the Week, and Coastal Carolina's Eric O'Neal, who was named Big South Freshmen of the Week.
After the Flames' season-opening, two-game homestand, Liberty now takes to the road for five out of the next six weeks. Liberty begins the run by traveling across the Commonwealth to face William & Mary on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.