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UA’s Eddie Jackson took center stage against Texas A&M

Troy Taormina- USA TODAY Sports


Oh no. The phrase going through the mind of Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen after tossing his first interception into the arms of Alabama safety Eddie Jackson. Jackson, who was moved to safety in the offseason, has made big time plays for the Crimson Tide this season.

The junior entered Saturday’s game with three takeaways. His first interception off Allen came in the second quarter with 6:08 on the clock. The Aggies were moving the ball offensively and got into Alabama’s territory when Allen overthrew 6-foot-5 wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones.

Jackson broke on the ball, picked it off and went on a 93-yard voyage to the end zone.

Eddie Jackson's Pick 6 Against Texas A&M

Alabama took a 28-6 lead on Jackson’s play. His second interception came in the third quarter off the arm of Texas A&M’s backup quarterback Kyler Murray. Jackson picked the ball off at Alabama’s 40-yard line and returned it 26 yards, to set the Crimson Tide up in Aggies territory.

Both of Jackson’s interceptions combined for 119 return yards, the most yards in a single game by an Alabama defender. He also recorded two tackles and two pass breakups.

Jackson leads Alabama’s secondary with five interceptions on the year.

Jackson was interviewed by CBS’s sideline reporter Allie LaForce after Alabama’s 41-23 win. With a smile, he credited his teammates for their play and the coaching staff for putting him in situations to be successful. Jackson and the Crimson Tide will take on Tennessee next week.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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