IRVING, Texas - University of Tulsa sophomore linebacker Shawn Jackson was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week as voted on by a panel of the league's media, it was announced today.
It marks the third straight week that a Tulsa defender has earned the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week award. It is the first time since Southern Miss back in 1999 that the same school has won the award in three straight weeks and the first time ever that three different players from the same team won it three weeks in a row.
Jackson collected nine total tackles, including eight solos and three TFLs for -7 yards, and added one pass breakup in Tulsa's 59-17 victory over Marshall on Saturday. He led a Tulsa defense that held Marshall to under 400 yards of total offense, including only 148 yards on 37 plays in a decisive 42-3 first half for the Hurricane as 7 of his tackles and all 3 TFLs came in the first half. Jackson had a quarterback sack on 2nd-and-goal at the Tulsa 8-yard line thus forcing a field goal in the first quarter.
The 6'0" Jackson, from Tulsa's McLain High School, has totaled 73 tackles and 6.5 stops for -18 yards, three pass break-ups, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery this season. He has 161 tackles in 23 career games.
Tulsa's C-USA defensive award winners in the previous two weeks were cornerback Milton Howell and linebacker Curnelius Arnick.