BOONE, N.C. — With an elite-level start to the 2021 season, App State linebacker D’Marco Jackson has been added to the watch list for the Bednarik Award, which is presented to the top defensive player in college football.
A senior from Spartanburg, S.C., Jackson is third nationally with both 10.8 tackles per game (54 total) and 2.0 tackles for loss per game (10.0 total). He’s also in the top 25 nationally with 4.0 sacks to go along with five QB hurries, two breakups and one interception for a 3-1 team. He finished a 45-16 victory against Georgia State on Saturday with nine tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry — all in the first three quarters.
On seven of Jackson’s nine tackles, the play ended with Georgia State gaining 2 yards or less.
In 2020, Jackson was the only FBS player in the country with at least 90 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and eight passes defended (he had six PBUs), leading him to be called one of the nation’s most versatile players by ESPN.