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11/30/17 - 2017 BIG TEN TATUM-WOODSON DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR (COACHES/MEDIA): Josh Jackson, Iowa...Jackson, a native of Corinth, Texas, is tied as the national leader with seven interceptions, and also earned all-conference recognition. He leads the nation with 25 passes defended and is tied for second in interception return touchdowns (two), and pass break-ups (18). He ranks third in interception return yards (163). Jackson's seven interceptions rank fourth best for a single season at Iowa, just one from tying Iowa's single-season record (Desmond King, 2015; Lou King, 1981; Nile Kinnick, 1939). Jackson was named the Jack Tatum Award winner on Tuesday and is one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award.
Jackson tied Iowa's school record with two interception returns for touchdowns (B.J. Lowery, 2013) at Wisconsin, covering 43 and 52 yards. The previous week, Jackson tied Iowa's school record with three interceptions in Iowa's 55-24 win over No. 3 Ohio State. Jackson also had a forced fumble at Wisconsin, and a blocked field goal in a win over North Texas. He has started all 12 games this season and recorded 47 tackles. Jackson is the third Hawkeye to win the Tatum-Woodson aAward in its seven year history, joining Micah Hyde (2012) and Desmond King (2015). - Iowa Football
11/16/17 - Another week, another noteworthy performance by Iowa junior CB Joshua Jackson (6-0, 193, 4.48, #15). Although it came in a loss, he accounted for both of the Hawkeyes' touchdowns with a pair of pick-sixes. In the last two weeks, Jackson now has five interceptions, accounting for 117 return yards, and the two touchdowns. His combination of athleticism, length and ball skills are the main reason for his production this season -- and the main reason why NFL teams will consider him in the first round of the NFL Draft. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/15/17 - The biggest question surrounding Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson entering 2017 was whether he could live up to the lofty standards set by his predecessors. The biggest question now is whether Jackson will leave for the NFL after the season. Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 192-pound junior from Corinth, Texas, sidestepped questions about his future on Tuesday, preferring to focus instead on a season that continues Saturday when the Hawkeyes (6-4, 3-4 Big Ten) host Purdue (4-6, 2-5) in their home finale.Jackson's performance this season - a nation-leading seven interceptions, 163 interception return yards and 23 passes defended - has changed the trajectory of his young career. Jackson has picked off five passes in his last two games, earning back-to-back defensive player of the week honors from the Big Ten.
"He's one of those guys that can just do it," Iowa linebacker Bo Bower said of his teammate. "He's extremely gifted and talented - and then he works his butt off. And obviously, over time, that's going to accumulate and eventually it's just going to click. And it just clicked." Jackson didn't become a starter until this season because the Hawkeyes had two standouts at cornerback in Desmond King and Greg Mabin. King won the Thorpe Award in 2015 as the nation's best defensive back - and Jackson might do so as well after this season. Jackson redshirted in 2014 and played sparingly as a freshman a year later following a brief stint at wide receiver. Jackson saw further action in 2016, but his path to the starting lineup was blocked by the presence of King and Mabin. - AP College Football
11/13/17 - NOV 13 BIG TEN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Josh Jackson, Iowa, Jr., DB, Corinth, Texas/Lake Dallas...Returned a pair of interceptions for touchdowns and forced a fumble at Wisconsin...Recorded a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown early in the first quarer for his first career pick-six, then added a 52-yard touchdown return in the third quarter to become the first Hawkeye with a pair of pick-sixes in a Big Ten contest...Added three tackles and a pass break-up in the contest...Collects his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor and second in as many weeks, becoming the first Hawkeye to ever garner conference defensive player of the week honors in consecutive weeks...Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Josh Jackson (Nov. 4, 2017). - Big Ten football
11/11/17 - In a span of less than two weeks, Iowa defensive back Josh Jackson has put up good numbers for a season. The junior had three interceptions last week in the 25th-ranked Hawkeyes' 55-24 victory against No. 11 Ohio State, and he was just getting started. On Saturday against No. 6 Wisconsin, he returned two interceptions for touchdowns and forced a fumble. The first Pick-6 came on the first series of the game and went for 43 yards. The second came with the Iowa offense having gained just 14 yards and trailing the Badgers 17-7. It went for 52 yards. For the season, Jackson has seven interceptions. - AP College Football