Jackson Named National, Pac-10 Defensive Player of Week
Nov. 26, 2007
Senior defensive end Lawrence Jackson was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week and the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week for his performance at Arizona State, while senior tight end Fred Davis was named one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award given to the nation's top tight end.
Jackson had 4 sacks, tying the USC game record held by many (last set by Tim Ryan against UCLA in 1989), and 5.5 tackles for a loss (a USC record) among his 8 overall tackles at Arizona State. He also forced a fumble.
He is currently tied for 14th nationally in sacks (0.9) and has posted 52 tackles, including 14 for a loss (with 9.5) sacks, in 2007. A 4-year starter, he has 49 tackles for loss and 29.5 sacks in his career.
Davis has a team-high 49 receptions for 753 yards and 5 TDs in 2007. His 15.4 average per catch in 2007 is best among the nation's tight ends. He has 104 career catches (16th on USC's career receptions list), one shy of tying the USC tight ends reception record (105 by Joe Cormier, 1983-85). He has 3 100-yard receiving games in his career (all in 2007).
Joining Davis as Mackey Award finalists are Wisconsin's Travis Beckum and Missouri's Martin Rucker. The three finalists were determined by confidential balloting of the John Mackey Selection Committee. The 2007 recipient of the Mackey Award will be announced on Dec. 6, 2007 at theHome Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show live on ESPN and then will be presented the award at the Nassau County Sports Commission Annual Awards Dinner on April 28, 2008.
The John Mackey Award is given to the collegiate tight end who best exemplifies the play, sportsmanship, academics, and community values of NFL Hall of Fame tight end John Mackey.