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Andrew Jackson | Linebacker

Team: Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 265

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Colts selected Western Kentucky LB Andrew Jackson with the No. 203 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Jackson (6-foot 7/8, 254) manned middle linebacker for Bobby Petrino's Hilltoppers, tallying 43 career tackles for loss. A classic two-down thumper, Jackson is an aggressive phone-booth tackler but lacks range and will be a liability in coverage. He's a downhill run stopper who will have to initially earn a roster spot on special teams. Sat, May 10, 2014 05:02:00 PM

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Western Kentucky's Andrew Jackson and Iowa State's Jeremiah George were named the draft's best ILB sleepers by Charles Davis of

Davis likes both prospects and couldn't bring himself to name only one inside linebacker. "Jackson made play after play throughout his career with the Hilltoppers and had a nice week at East-West Shrine Game," Davis wrote. "George is undersized (5-11, 234), but he, too, is consistently making plays every time I see him play." Jackson is a stout run defender who should be able to remain effective between the tackles at the next level.
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 10:15:00 PM

Western Kentucky senior LB Andrew Jackson accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

The namesake of our seventh president, this Andrew Jackson was the preseason Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year. In October,'s Gil Brandt ranked him as the No. 83 senior draft prospect. Jackson is a stout run defender.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 08:17:00 PM

Western Kentucky senior LB Andrew Jackson has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.

No other details were disclosed. Jackson will not travel with the team to Atlanta this weekend to face Georgia State. Sophomore Daqual Randall will likely start in his place. Jackson is a team captain and wins on run defense between the tackles.
Source: Toppatime
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 09:32:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler was not overly impressed with Western Kentucky senior LB Andrew Jackson's performance against Kentucky.

Brugler admits to loving his energy and toughness, but the linebacker "gets lost at the (line of scrimmage) and too often gets fooled and sucked in, just flowing (with) the action." Jackson isn't a top prospect at the position and specializes in stuff the run between the tackles. He is a bit undisciplined and lacks range, but there are areas where he excels.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 09:27:00 AM

Western Kentucky senior LB Andrew Jackson, likely the team's top NFL prospect, said the Hilltoppers are "going to handle" Kentucky on Saturday.

"I don't care anything about them," Jackson said. "We just gonna hit 'em in the mouth and get it over with." Western Kentucky beat the Wildcats last year in overtime, but both squads lost some talent to the NFL. Jackson projects as a two down run stuffer thanks to his ability to work between the tackles, but he'll need to show more range to improve his evaluation.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 11:23:00 AM

Draft insider Tony Pauline designated Western Kentucky senior ILB Andrew Jackson with a fourth-round tag prior to the 2013 season.

Jackson is a "stout run defending linebacker best in the box or up the field," writes Pauline. "Explosive, attacks ball handlers and easily brings them down at the point of contact. Shows no skill in pursuit and limited abilities making plays outside the box. More of a two-down defender." We agree with the two down run defender label, but Jackson is quite good at accomplishing his role and assignment. Teams will also have to get over his unique build for the position.
Thu, Aug 8, 2013 09:32:00 AM

Western Kentucky LB Andrew Jackson will treat 2013 like his senior season.

Jackson missed most of his freshman year due to injury and the school noted he could pursue an extra year of eligibility, but Jackson appears to be moving on to the NFL next season. In fact, there was talk of Jackson potentially entering last April's draft. We like Jackson for who he is: a squatty downhill run stuffer who might lack the height and range to be effective in coverage.
Mon, Jul 22, 2013 10:16:00 AM

Draft Insider's Tony Pauline is confused by scouts' adoration for Western Kentucky senior LB Andrew Jackson.

"Everyone seems to love Andrew Jackson," writes Pauline. "In my opinion, on film, he's a two-down defender, struggles outside the box and [is] primarily a downhill player." Jackson was one of the nation's best run defenders between the tackles last season and consistently showed preternatural awareness and admirable aggression. Working against Jackson is his squatty, six-foot tall body. Scouts will eye Jackson closely this season, trying to decipher if he can stay on the field during passing situations at the next level.
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 03:17:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Western Kentucky senior LB Andrew Jackson is instinctive and active.

Weidl adds that Jackson "packs a heavy punch" and he "plays in the backfield." Jackson certainly doesn't offer ideal height, checking in around 6-feet tall, but the senior played one of his best games against Alabama and can contribute at the next level between the tackles.
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 09:45:00 AM

Western Kentucky junior LB Andrew Jackson tweeted that he is returning for his senior season.

It may seem like a random name, but Jackson is one of the nation's best run defenders between the tackles and consistently shows positive awareness and physical play. He is squatty, so Jackson lacks ideal range, but expect to hear his name more often throughout the 2013 season.
Wed, Jan 9, 2013 09:52:00 AM

Western Kentucky beat writer Chad Bishop believes junior ILB Andrew Jackson is "50-50" to declare for the NFL Draft.

Many may look at Jackson and question this move since he spent his college career playing for the Hilltoppers. However, after film evaluation, Jackson likely has an NFL future as a run stuff inside linebacker in a three or four man front. His short and squatty stature lends the eye to believe he may not have the range necessary to be adequate in coverage, but good workout numbers could change that.
Wed, Dec 26, 2012 06:50:00 PM

Bobby Petrino will be announced as Western Kentucky's next head coach later this afternoon.

Obviously Petrino is known for his offensive background at Louisville, the Atlanta Falcons, and at Arkansas. The Hilltoppers are graduating their top quarterback in senior Kawaun Jakes, but a talented defense led by junior inside linebacker Andrew Jackson helped Western Kentucky reach a 7-5 record in 2012.
Mon, Dec 10, 2012 01:26:00 PM