CCU’s Tarron Jackson earns 2020 Walter Camp First-Team All-America honors

Defensive end is a consensus All-American for 2020

CCU’s Tarron Jackson earns 2020 Walter Camp First-Team All-America honors
CCU DE Tarron Jackson (Source: Gabe McDonald)

NEW HAVEN, CT – Coastal Carolina redshirt senior defensive end Tarron Jackson was named to the 2020 Walter Camp All-America first team, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced on Thursday, Jan. 7.

This is the 131st edition of the Walter Camp All-America team – the nation’s oldest All-America team. Twenty-six players were selected to the first team by the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.  In addition, 26 players were selected to the second team.

Jackson has also garnered All-America recognition from the Associated Press (first team), FWAA (first team), American Football Coaches Association (first team), ESPN (first team), the Reese’s Senior Bowl (first team), the Phil Steele Publication (first team), Sporting News (second team), and CBS Sports/247Sports (second team) this postseason. He was also named a Senior CLASS second-team All-American.

Presently, All-America teams recognized by the NCAA include ones awarded by the Associated Press (AP), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News (SN), and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF). To earn consensus status, players must appear on the first team of at least three of the five lists, with unanimous status being reserved for those who appear on all five.

With his first team honors from the AP, AFCA, FWAA, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF), Jackson is recognized as a Consensus All-American.

Jackson was also tabbed the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-Sun Belt first team honors for the second-straight season.

A three-time SBC Defensive Player of the Week selection this season, Jackson was also named a 2020 Bronko Nagurski Trophy finalist, a Bednarik Award semifinalist, a William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist, and earned a spot on the Lott IMPACT Trophy and Ted Hendricks Award watch lists. He was also invited to the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, and was chosen to the East-West Shrine Bowl. 

Jackson led the team and was second in the Sun Belt in sacks with 8.5 on the year. He also led the Chants and was third in the league in tackles-for-loss with 14.0 despite seeing double-teams on over 60 percent of the snaps he played this year. 

He was also tied for second in the Sun Belt with three forced fumbles on the year while also adding 54 total tackles, 18 quarterback hurries, and one fumble recovery to his resume for 2020.

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