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Jovon Jackson
Jovon Jackson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
St. Petersburg, Fla.

High School:
Gibbs Senior

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 210

Position:
Running Back

Birthdate:
11/22/1983

Experience:
3L

Major:
Media Arts


2004: The Wave's starting running back for the first eight games of the year before being felled by injury which limited him to two carries in the final three games. Finished the year with 125 carries for 624 yards and five touchdowns while adding a career-best 18 receptions for 129 yards. Rushed 19 times for 134 yards and three touchdowns (four, eight and 17 yards) in the win over Florida A&M (9/11). Also had three catches for 27 yards versus FAMU for a total of 171 all-purpose yards. Notched his third career 100-yard game against Southern Miss (9/25) with 18 carries for 112 yards. Narrowly missed another 100-yard effort with 95 yards and two touchdowns (of one and 22 yards) on 15 carries against Navy (11/6). Recorded a career-high six receptions for 27 yards against UAB (10/23).

2003: Moved into the starting tailback role for the last three games of the year. Tallied 377 rushing yards on 82 carries in 12 games, including 308 yards in the final three games. Also had five catches for 15 yards. Made his first career start against UAB (11/8) and responded with 183 rushing yards (26 carries) and two touchdowns, including breaking an 85-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter to clinch the victory for the Wave. Also rushed 21 times for 85 yards in the season finale against East Carolina (11/22).

2002: Worked as Tulane's second team running back behind Mewelde Moore. Ranked second on the Green Wave with 168 yards on 38 carries for a team-high average of 4.4 yards per carry. Scored on a seven-yard run versus UL-Monroe (10/5) for his lone touchdown of the year. Also caught five passes for 16 yards, including a 27-yarder in the Cincinnati game (10/12). Set season-highs with 11 carries for 42 yards versus Southern Miss (11/23). Averaged more than seven yards per carry versus Texas (9/28) with three rushes for 23 yards.

HIGH SCHOOL: All-county running back and linebacker as a senior. All-conference selection at linebacker. For his high school career, totaled 3,047 rushing yards and scored 37 touchdowns, caught passes for 1,522 yards and 19 scores, and made 322 tackles and tallied 29 sacks. Earned 1,200 rushing yards and scored 17 touchdowns his senior season. Caught nine touchdown passes and totaled 715 receiving yards. On defense, made 112 tackles, had nine sacks and intercepted a pair of passes. Picked off a pass in the Palm Pinellas All-Star Classic and returned it for the game-winning score. As a junior, rushed for 976 yards and scored nine touchdowns. Grabbed six touchdown passes with 431 receiving yards. Made 117 tackles, sacked the quarterback 12 times and picked off three passes. Team made the playoffs in each of his last two seasons. Coached by Al Davis. Also lettered in basketball, where he was team MVP his sophomore and junior seasons. MVP and captain of the track team as a junior.

PERSONAL: Born November 22, 1983. The son of Henry and Lillie Jackson. Member of the 3.0 Club and earned the Bright Future Scholarship. Attended the same school as former Green Wave star quarterback Shaun King. Majoring in media arts.

Jackson's Career Rushing Stats

Year G-GS No. Yards Avg. TD LP/Opp
2002 10-0 38 168 4.4 1 20/UAB
2003 12-2 82 377 4.6 2 85/UAB
2004 10-7 125 624 5.0 5 46/USM
Career 32-9 245 1169 4.8 8 85/UAB

Jackson's Career Receiving Stats

Year G-GS No. Yards Avg. TD LP/Opp
2002 10-0 5 16 3.2 0 27/Cincinnati
2003 12-2 5 15 3.0 0 8/ECU
2004 10-7 18 129 7.2 0 28/ECU
Career 32-9 28 160 5.7 0 28/ECU