Some very sad and tragic news came out of the academy Monday morning. Army cornerback Brandon Jackson passed away on Sunday following a single-car vehicle accident in Croton, New York.
Jackson was a big part of the Black Knights 2-0 start to this young college football season. He died a few hours after starting for Army in the Black Knights victory over Rice. The Sophomore was a native of Queens, New York, and played in every game for Army last year as a freshman. He led Army last season with three interceptions and also had 62 tackles. Through two games in 2016, Jackson had six tackles and two pass breakups as part of a surprisingly stingy Army defense.
A statement from Army head coach Jeff Monken said:
"Words cannot describe the grief that our team is feeling over the loss of our brother and friend, Brandon. He was a beloved teammate and our hearts are with his family at this time of tragedy."
Croton-on-Huston police Detective Sgt. John Nikitopoulos said the department received a call at 1:50 a.m. n Sunday about a car crash. Arriving on the scene they saw a single car had crashed into the guardrail. Jackson was still in the car when the first responders arrived, and he was later pronounced dead at the scene.
A letter to the West Point Community written by Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, read as follows:
"We will honor his life as we mourn the untimely death of a young man who had a promising future as a leader in service of our Nation. Brandon internalized our watch words, Duty, Honor, Country."