Auburn Grad Blends Physics and Football

Auburn football player Jackson Timmerman talks about his time with the Tigers and plans for the future.

Auburn, Ala.--Jackson Timmerman, who challenged himself as a walk-on football player at Auburn, has more challenges on the horizon as he moves into the next phase of his life after receiving his Auburn University degree over the weekend.

A physics major with an emphasis on pre-medicine, he earned an academic achievement award from the National Football Foundation and he has plans to continue his education.

"I am going to medical school, but I am going to take a year to earn some money and take a year off from the whole hard-core deal of athletics and academics," Timmerman tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I have about five job offers right now so I am looking into those. I may do some medical physics research for a little while and then go on."

Timmerman earned the nickname "Action Jackson" from former offensive line coach Hugh Nall and his teammates for his high energy style on a football field. Although he played just briefly in his three seasons as an Auburn walk-on, he says he is glad he did it.

"Without a doubt it was worth it," says Timmerman, a smart player could play all five positions on the offensive line. "The fan base is great and family you build from being an Auburn Tiger is great. We are all a team, we are all a family and it is wonderful. I decided if I was going to be at Auburn I was going to play football."

Although just 6-0, 289 pounds he was undersized for an SEC offensive lineman, he grew up an Auburn fan and after playing football and baseball at Rehobeth High School he walked onto the team in 2006 and redshirted.

"I may be the first or the second physics major to play football at Auburn in at least the last 50 years," Timmerman says. "At least, that is what I was told."

He notes that he enjoyed the academic challenges of college, too. "Quantum mechanics was probably my favorite class," he says. "Once you get into the upper level physics and start studying atoms and those kind of things, that is what I really enjoyed.

"In football I enjoyed going out there to the stadium on Saturday," he points out. "You do days and days of work preparing for the games. You build the camaraderie and then you get to go out there and enjoy it in games. The fun part is on Saturdays."

Other Auburn athletes who picked up degrees this weekend include:

Baseball--Paul Burnside (Montgomery, Ala.); Blake Carver (Cleveland, Tenn.); Bruce Edwards (Columbus, Miss.); Bradley Ray (Birmingham, Ala.); Kris West (Huntsville, Ala.)

Men's Basketball--Korvotney Barber (Manchester, Ga.); Drew Smith (Trussville, Ala.)

Women's Basketball--Dewanna Bonner (Fairfield, Ala.)

Equestrian--Jessica Braswell (Richmond, Va.); Sara Netherton (Murfreesboro, Tenn.); Jennifer Reinhart (Brownsburg, Ind.)

Football--Montez Billings (Pelham, Ala.); Walt McFadden (Pompano Beach, Fla.); Charles Olatunji (Lilburn, Ga.); Ben Tate (Newark, Md.); Josh Thompson (Statesboro, Ga.); Jackson Timmerman (Rehobeth, Ala.); John Vaughn (Brentwood, Tenn.); Jonathan Vickers (Athens, Ala.)

Men's Golf--Keith White (Huntsville, Ala.)

Women's Golf--Lauren Hawkins (Gretna, Neb.); Mariana Macias (Madrid, Spain)

Gymnastics--Kayla Gies (Cox's Creek, Ky.); Alicia Lenkiewicz (Littleton, Colo.); A.J. Mills (Floyds Knobs, Ind.); Lindsey Puckett (Dacula, Ga.); Claire Seiffert (Louisville, Ky.)

Soccer--Jenn Johnson (Loganville, Ga.); Kara Kasten (Marietta, Ga.)

Softball--Myesha Finney (Atlanta, Ga.); Jessica Martin (Alexander City, Ala.)

Men's Swimming And Diving--Jeff Smith (Mandeville, La.)

Women's Swimming And Diving--Emily Kukors (Auburn, Wash.)

Men's Track And Field--Jerod Wims (Miami, Fla.)

Women's Track And Field--Evin Norman (Fairfield, Ala.); Jessica Smith (Powder Springs, Ga.)

Volleyball--Jelena Sekulic (Belgrade, Serbia)

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