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Eddie Jackson Named Semifinalist For Jim Thorpe Award

Troy Taormina - USA Today Sports

Eddie Jackson has been named as one of the 16 semifinalists for the 2015 Jim Thorpe Award. The award is handed out each year for the nation’s best defensive back.

The senior safety has already had a career season and is on his way to having one of the best seasons by an Alabama defensive back. Jackson has five interceptions already this season, which is good for third in the country. He has accumulated 230 total interception return yards, which is the most ever for an Alabama defender. He has two interception returns for touchdowns and is helping the Crimson Tide secondary dominate opponents’ passing games.

Jackson was named as the national c0-defensive player of the year, along with teammate Minkah Fitzpatrick, after the win at Texas A&M. He has 27 total tackles to go with two pass breakups and a fumble recovery.

Mark Barron, Landon Collins and Dee Milliner were all named as a semifinalist for the award during their college careers but did not win. The last Alabama player to take the award home was Antonio Langham in 1993.

Here are his two touchdowns of 2015:

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Caleb Turrentine is a contributor at Touchdown Alabama Magazine. Follow him on Twitter, @CalebTurrentine.

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