CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) - A pair of Coastal Carolina’s biggest weapons on both sides of the ball are taking their game to the next level.
Coastal senior running back CJ Marable and senior defensive end Tarron Jackson both announced Sunday that they are officially declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft.
“The past three years at Coastal Carolina have been some of the best time of my life,” he said in a statement on Twitter. “The friendships and bonds I’ve made with teammates and coaches are ones that will never be broken. Thank you, Teal Nation, student body and the community for supporting me from the very beginning.”
“The friends, memories and lessons I have learned are priceless,” Jackson said in his own statement. “To all my coaches at Coastal, you have been monumental in building me up into the person I am today and for that, I will be forever grateful.”
Since arriving as a transfer from Presbyterian College in 2018, Marable has become a standout on the Chanticleer offense. He ends his college career with 2,691 rushing yards, which is good enough for second in program history. He only trails De’Angelo Henderson, who totaled 4,635 yards on the ground from 2013-2016.
This season, Marable had a career-high in rushing touchdowns along with 887 yards on the ground. That was all coming off a 1,000-yard season in 2019 which ranks fifth in Coastal history for a single-season rushing.
Marable was also involved in the passing game during the Chants’ 11-1 run, catching a career-high seven touchdown passes in 2020.
He was also a first-team All-Sun Belt selection in 2020 as both a running back and on special teams.
Jackson, a redshirt senior who has spent his entire collegiate career in Conway, made a name for himself as part of the “Black Swarm” defense. He was one of the Sun Belt’s biggest defensive threats, totaling 54 tackles in 2020 and 8.5 sacks. He also forced three fumbles as part of a defensive unit that ranked second in the nation in turnovers.
Jackson is also the program’s all-time leader in career sacks, tackles for loss and quarterback hurries.
He was also named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts in 2020 and, like Marable, was a first-team all-conference selection.
Jackson has also been named in the running for national awards, including as a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award. He also received an invite to the Reese’s Senior Bowl and was named to the bowl’s Top 250 list.
The 2021 NFL Draft is tentatively scheduled to take place from April 29-May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio.