Alabama’s win over Texas A&M didn’t come without a price.
After the Crimson Tide’s 33-14 win over the No. 6 Aggies on Saturday, Alabama coach Nick Saban said Jackson would miss the remainder of the season with a fractured leg.
“Eddie was fantastic player for us, a great leader, I think an All-American player as a safety, at least in my book,” Saban told reporters. “And we’re certainly going to miss him, but what a great player, what a great competitor and what a great guy to have in this program for the time that he’s been here.
“He’s done a fantastic job for us, and I’m just sick for him and his family and hate it. It’s one of the things about sports, all sports, that we all have to deal with sometimes is injuries. It’s unfortunate, especially when it happens to a great guy and a very, very good player. We’ll certainly miss him.”
Jackson, a senior, suffered the left leg injury after he was tackled hard on a 17-yard punt return early in the fourth quarter against the Aggies.
Jackson was not putting any pressure on the injured leg as he left the field. After visiting the team’s medical sideline tent, he was carted to the locker room and did not return.
As he left the field on the cart, Alabama fans chanted “Eddie, Eddie.”
Jackson, one of the team’s top defensive players and leaders, finishes the season with 24 tackles, one interception and three touchdowns (two punt returns, one interception return) this season. He made three tackles against Texas A&M.
Last season, Jackson was a second-team All-America and first-team All-SEC selection in his first season after shifting from cornerback to safety.
Jackson tore his ACL in April 2014 following his freshman season but returned in time for the start of his sophomore year that fall.
Jackson’s injury ends his Alabama career. In four seasons with the Crimson Tide, he had 126 tackles, 10 interceptions, 12 passes defended, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and five touchdowns (three interception returns, two punt returns).
He is a projected first- or second-round pick in next year’s NFL Draft.
I just want to say thank you to everyone for checking on me and all the prayers all I know is how to bounce back…God Is In Control💯🙏🏾RTR!!
— Eddie Jackson (@EJackson_4) October 23, 2016
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