It wasn’t till the 2019 season when Jackson flipped to the other facet of the road of scrimmage and have become an offensive lineman. That proved to be a profitable transition as he performed in each recreation that yr. In 2020, he began the primary seven video games at left tackles earlier than breaking his hand in opposition to Tennessee – an harm that set him again and required a brand new focus as he sought his return to the sector in 2021.
Jackson did return in 2021 and a few of his greatest reminiscences got here from that season, together with a 24-19 highway victory over LSU. It was Auburn’s first win in Baton Rouge since 200#.
“Beating LSU at LSU was an amazing feeling realizing that we haven’t beat them there in a very long time,” Jackson mentioned.
Nevertheless, whereas particular video games stand out, it’s the reminiscences shared with teammates that final eternally. Over time, Jackson has constructed bonds with completely different gamers who’ve develop into like household, together with some who’ve since moved on from Auburn.
Jackson additionally has a rising household of his personal, as he and his highschool sweetheart, now spouse, Carlmesha are the mother and father of son, Ace, and daughter, A’Lani, who was born in April. However he takes balancing being a student-athlete, father and husband in stride.
“With religion, all the pieces will deal with itself,” he says.
One different household that has performed a serious half in Jackson’s life is the Auburn Household.
“The Auburn Household means that you’re at all times welcomed dwelling,” he mentioned. “If you’re anyplace in the US and also you see a fellow (Auburn) Member of the family, you’d at all times wish to assist them out as a result of we’re FAMILY.”
Nataley Riggs is a pupil assistant in Auburn Athletics media relations