Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors after making a career and season high seven tackles during Saturday’s win over South Carolina.
The true freshman from Lake Charles, La., also forced a fumble and contributed two pass breakups during the 31-13 victory. Jackson’s big hit on the game’s third play from scrimmage resulted in a Gamecocks fumble that Tennessee recovered and turned into seven points just two plays later. The Vols capitalized on four Carolina turnovers to score 24 of their 31 points.
“I don’t know how he did what he did; he was everywhere,” head coach Lane Kiffin. “I’d like to figure out what it is and let everybody else have it because he was unbelievable. That’s a freshman. He’s knocking people out left and right all around the ball, and then on kickoff coverage he’s still the first guy down.
“I’d like to say he’s going to be a great player, but he already is.”
Jackson has started seven of eight games this season and stands as the leading freshman on the team with 33 tackles. He’s also tied for third in special teams tackles with five.
Other honorees this week from the SEC are Mississippi State tailback Anthony Dixon (offense), Auburn cornerback Walt McFadden (defense), Florida placekicker Caleb Sturgis (special teams), Arkansas guard Mitch Petrus (offensive line) and Auburn end Antonio Coleman (defensive line).