BOONE, N.C. — App State inside linebacker D’Marco Jackson has been named the National Defensive MVP of the Week by PFF College and the Sun Belt Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week following a strong, versatile effort in the 17-13 win against Georgia State.
A junior from Spartanburg, S.C., Jackson had nine tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry as the Mountaineers held the Panthers nearly 24 points below their season scoring average.
Of Jackson’s nine stops, six of the plays resulted in a loss or no gain, highlighted by a sack for a 9-yard loss in the second quarter. His first-quarter recovery of a fumble forced by Caleb Spurlin set up App State’s only first-half points.
As a pass defender, with Georgia State looking to add to a 13-10 lead midway through the fourth quarter, Jackson broke up a deep pass down the middle of the field in a third-and-8 situation. The Panthers had to punt, and App State responded with a go-ahead touchdown drive. Jackson then broke up a pass on the first play of Georgia State’s next series.
PFF College gave Jackson a grade of 91.0 — the best at any position among FBS defenders in Week 11. That site said he didn’t allow any completions on the four pass attempts when he was targeted, and PFF credited him with three pressures on seven blitzes.
It’s the second national defensive MVP honor for an App State player this year, as PFF recognized cornerback Shemar Jean-Charles for his stellar play in a season-opening win against Charlotte.
The team’s top returning tackler from 2019, Jackson is second on this team this season with 49 stops. In App State’s four league games, he has totaled 29 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions in the end zone (both against Arkansas State), four PBUs, one sack and one fumble recovery.