Alabama Crimson Tide senior defensive back/returner Eddie Jackson suffered a fractured left leg during Saturday afternoon’s 33-14 victory over Texas A&M and will miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season. The injury was suffered during the third quarter of the game when Jackson was tackled up around the shoulders and slung to the ground during a punt return.
The reigning Defensive MVP of the College Football Playoff, Jackson has won back-to-back SEC Championships and made three tackles and an interception in last year’s National Championship Game against Clemson. This season, he had totaled 21 tackles–2.5 of which came for a loss–and one interception while on defense. Serving as the punt returner during his senior season for the first time in his career, he had returned two punts to the end zone already this season.
A former three-star recruit out of Boyd Anderson HS in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Jackson had blossomed into a key contributor for the Alabama defense during his tenure. At 6’0″ and 194 pounds, he started just four games as a freshman before tearing his ACL prior to his sophomore season, but still playing in 11 games that year regardless. He drew considerable attention from SEC and Florida schools alike during his 2013 recruitment, narrowing it down to Alabama and LSU before ultimately choosing the Tide.
The No. 1 Crimson Tide moved to 7-0 on Saturday, but after the game head coach Nick Saban commented on the injury saying, “I’m sick for him and his family. It’s unfortunate when it happens to a great guy and a very, very good player.”