Tulsa Defensive Duo Earn Freshman All-America Honors
CLEVELAND, Ohio –– University of Tulsa freshmen defenders Shawn Jackson (Tulsa, Okla.) and Marco Nelson (Glenpool, Okla.) were named to Phil Steele’s 2010 postseason All-Freshman Team as announced by the magazine.
Nelson has started 11 games at safety for the Golden Hurricane this season, while Jackson has been in the starting lineup eight times. They each earned Conference All-Freshman accolades, while Nelson was also a first-team all-C- pick by the league’s coaches, and Jackson earned honorable mention merits.
Nelson (6’0”, 192) has totaled the second-most tackles on the team with 81 stops and added five pass breakups and six interceptions. His six interceptions ties for fifth place nationally and ranks second in Conference behind teammate Dexter McCoil. Nelson’s 11 passes defended also ranks eighth in C-.
He was selected as the Walter Camp Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week for his three-interception performance in a 28-25 victory at Houston on Nov. 12th. Nelson’s three interceptions tied a single-game school record.
Jackson (6’0”, 230) has been credited with 80 tackles, a team-leading 12.5 stops for -56 yards, a team-leading 5.5 sacks for -37 yards and two interceptions this season. He was named the Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in a 28-27 victory over Notre Dame when he had six tackles, one stop for -7 yards, two quarterback hurries and a 66-yard interception return for a touchdown.
The pair of Tulsa defenders also garnered honorable mention Freshman All-America accolades by collegefootballnews.com.