Jackson began at left sort out in every of the 42 video games he performed for the Hawkeyes over the previous 4 seasons.
He may have opted to hitch Tristan Wirfs in leaving the faculty recreation for an early entry into the NFL a yr in the past, however an early-season damage that sidelined him for 3 video games in 2019 led Jackson wanting a wholesome season in 2020.
He indicated on the time that he wished to start draft preparations totally wholesome, one thing that will not have been the case a yr in the past, and felt like he nonetheless had room to enhance earlier than taking that subsequent step in his profession.
Coach Kirk Ferentz continued improvement has been a relentless for Jackson since he was thrust into motion as a redshirt freshman out of necessity in Iowa’s 2017 season opener towards Wyoming.
Accidents created alternatives throughout that season for each Jackson and Wirfs, who lined up as starters at left and proper sort out respectively for the ultimate eight video games of their freshmen seasons.
“I assumed (Jackson) actually did job in powerful circumstances and simply stored getting higher and higher,’’ Ferentz stated. “Each place is vital, however taking part in left sort out is a tricky, difficult place and he did a very nice job with it.’’
Jackson by no means appeared again.
He earned first-team freshman all-American honors in 2017, was named to all-Large Ten groups the following three years and was chosen to 2 all-American groups final fall following his senior season.