Alabama Safety Eddie Jackson Ready to Cover Again For Tide Defense

Eddie Jackson achieved All-America recognition as a safety last season. The former cornerback transitioned smoothly to the new position in the spring of 2015 and was on stage Wednesday at the 2016 SEC Media Days held in Hoover, Alabama. He capped off the year with a Defensive MVP performance in the College Football Playoff Championship Game.

The 6-0, 194 pound Lauderdale Lakes, Florida (Boyd Anderson HS) native recorded a team and SEC leading six interceptions along with returning two picks for touchdowns.  He forced and recovered a fumble and registered 46 tackles.  Eddie Jackson set a new school record with 230 return yards eclipsing the prior mark of 163 established in 1952 by Hootie Ingram (10 interceptions).  He is on the preseason watch lists for the Jim Thorpe and Chuck Bednarik Awards and the Bronco Nagurski Trophy.  Jackson is anticipated to be one of the leaders for the Alabama defense.

Among the slew of topics broached during the 20-plus minute session - playing for a pair of new coaches, DC Jeremy Pruitt and secondary assistant Derrick Ansley, challenges of the upcoming season and discussing fellow teammates.

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