Jackson named ACC Defensive Player of Year

College Football

December 01, 2005|By HEATHER A. DINICH | HEATHER A. DINICH,SUN REPORTER

Maryland senior linebacker D'Qwell Jackson was named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Defensive Player of the Year yesterday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

He received 31 votes, beating Mathias Kiwanuka (17) of Boston College and Darryl Tapp (14) of Virginia Tech for the award. Jackson is only the second player in the program's history to receive the honor, as former linebacker E.J. Henderson was the recipient in 2001 and 2002.

"All season long I was worried about winning games," Jackson said, noting his disappointment in the Terps' second straight 5-6 season. "It feels good to get an award that pays off all your hard work. With all of the great linebackers and great defensive players in this league, it is a great feeling ... a big accomplishment."

Jackson, who finished third (15) in ACC Player of the Year voting behind Wake Forest tailback Chris Barclay (17) and Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick (16), led the ACC with an average of 13.8 tackles per game, and finished the regular season ranked second in the nation with 137 tackles. For his career, Jackson posted 447 tackles, fourth-most in Maryland history.

Jackson, who said he was predicted last year to be a second-round NFL draft pick, said he is in the process of hiring an agent.

heather.dinich@baltsun.com

Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.