On Saturday, Jackson will play his final game on Faurot Field.
"I've been here for four years now," began Jackson, as he talked about this week's upcoming Senior Day. "It's been great! It's going to be tough, knowing that this is my last time playing at the Zou. I'm going to do my best to work hard this week, so that I can go out a winner."
"It seems like the time has just flown by," said Jackson, reflecting on his time at Missouri. "I can just remember a lot of things from my freshman and sophomore years, being able to play. Now, it just feels weird. It doesn't seem right. I'm not ready to leave. It's been a good run. I've made a lot of great friends here. It's just been a great ride. I'm blessed and I'm thankful that I came to Mizzou."
Jackson feels a responsibility to the program and to his teammates to finish the season the right way, and get to a bowl game.
"It's been a tradition here to go to a bowl," said Jackson. "And, I know that on my watch, I know I want to continue that tradition. That's how a lot of our seniors feel. So, we're going to do our best to focus on Texas Tech, and make sure that we finish this year off right."
The Missouri defense has done pretty well against the run, but not so well against the pass. Texas Tech throws the football on 59% of their plays from scrimmage, more than any team in the Big 12. Jackson talked about defending the pass against Texas Tech versus defending the run.
"As a safety, you've got to know how to adapt to the run," explained Jackson. "You've got to play the run well, and you've got to play the pass well, too. I'm just more excited to just kind of finish this thing the right way. I know we haven't really played great as a secondary. I haven't played great. So, I'm just really working on me first, making sure that I can do the best I can as a senior to help my team get a win, and to finish this thing right in my last game at the Zou."