Who is Alaric Jackson Wiki Achievement
IOWA CITY — If you just read the bio in the Iowa football media guide, you get the impression that left tackle Alaric Jackson is an absolutely exemplary young man.
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He started all 12 regular-season games as a redshirt freshman with the Hawkeyes last season and played every offensive down in 10 of those games. The only time he went to the bench was late in a couple of blowouts.
Alaric Jackson Academic Achievement
He earned academic All-Big Ten honors while majoring in sports medicine. He was a captain for his high school team and played five different sports back at Detroit’s Renaissance High School.
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Here is what the media guide doesn’t mention: Jackson already has been suspended twice during his relatively brief college career.
He missed the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at the end of last season because he violated “team policies.’’ And he and his high school pal and best friend, Cedric Lattimore, will sit out the Hawkeyes’ season opener against Northern Illinois for the same reason: Violation of team policies.
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No one in the Iowa program will specify what that means. We know Jackson didn’t do anything criminal. They’re probably doing a disservice to the kid by not telling us because people undoubtedly will imagine much more sinister infractions than what the young man actually did.
Chances are, he just did something like skipping a few classes or was chronically late for meetings or workouts.
The soft-spoken Jackson, although extremely remorseful, isn’t providing any clues.
“It was just a bad choice I made that was against team policy,’’ he said.
While Jackson doesn’t say much, you can tell just by chatting with him that he is, in fact, a good kid.
Hopeful that he just keeps pushing forward. I think a big role for me is to continue to mentor and teach and be there for him because he’s definitely a guy that needs some help.’’
Assuming they can keep him on the field and out of the doghouse in the future, the Hawkeyes really have something in Jackson. He has a chance to be one of the best offensive linemen to come out of a program that has produced bunches of them.
Alaric Jackson Physical appreance
At Height 6-foot-7 and Weight 320 pounds, he has prototypical left tackle size and blends that with uncommon athleticism.
Alaric Jackson In Soccer
He competed in soccer, track, baseball and basketball at various times in high school and really thought of himself primarily as a basketball player until his junior year at Renaissance.
Those hoops skills are still on display in pickup games among the football players.
“Alaric … he can move, he can dribble, he can shoot,’’ safety Amani Hooker said. “You wouldn’t think he can, but he’s quick on the court.’’
Hooker added that you definitely don’t want to get caught trying to defend Jackson in the low post.
Alaric Jackson practicing
That combination of natural gifts have Polasek excited for the future. He said Jackson “is really practicing at a high level right now’’ along with right tackle Tristan Wirfs, another sophomore who also has been suspended for the Northern Illinois game.
“Both are very gifted and boy, are they practicing hard …’’ Polasek said. “A.J. has done some truly wonderful things. I mean, man, is he paying attention to details. You can see him really playing fast through some tough situations and that’s really O-line play, right? Anybody can learn what to do on certain things. It’s really how do you react when this happens and then can you still be physical and be a great finisher?’’
Jackson vows that this suspension business is behind him.
“I enjoy it here,’’ he said. “I have to thank Coach (Kirk) Ferentz for the opportunity to be here …
“Iowa’s a great place,’’ he added. “I knew this is where I wanted to come from the start.’’
Polasek also is confident that his promising protégé has learned some tough but valuable lessons.
“I think A.J. is really going to capitalize on this whole thing and I think he’s going to learn from it and grow,’’ he said. “Obviously, we need to push past this and move forward.’’
2018 Honors – – Second-team All-Big Ten by league coaches and media . . . second-team All-Big Ten by Associated Press and Phil Steele . . . 2018 – – Started at left tackle in all 12 games in which he played . . . did not see action in 33-7 win over Northern Illinois . . . started at left tackle in 13-3 win over Iowa State . . . started at left tackle in 38-14 win over Northern Iowa as offense totaled 545 yards total offense . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 28-17 loss to #18 Wisconsin . . . started at left tackle in 48-31 win at Minnesota as offense gained 420 yards total offense . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 42-16 win at Indiana as offense gained 479 yards total offense . . . started at left tackle in 23-0 win over Maryland as offense gained 224 net rushing yards . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 30-24 loss at #17 Penn State . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 38-36 loss at Purdue . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 14-10 loss to Northwestern . . . started at left tackle in 63-0 win at Illinois as offense gained 400 yards total offense . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 31-28 win over Nebraska as offense rushed for 226 yards and gained 419 yards total offense . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 27-22 Outback Bowl win over #18 Mississippi State.
2017 Honors – – Academic All-Big Ten . . . first team freshman All-America by FWAA . . . Big Ten Conference All-Freshman team by BTN.com . . . 2017 – – Started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 24-3 win over Wyoming . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 44-41 OT win at Iowa State as offense gained 497 yards total offense . . . started at left tackle in 31-14 win over North Texas as offense gained 435 yards total offense . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 21-19 loss to #4 Penn State . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 17-10 loss at Michigan State . . . started at left tackle in 45-16 win over Illinois as offense gained 441 yards total offense . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 17-10 OT loss at Northwestern . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 17-10 win over Minnesota . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 55-24 win over #3 Ohio State as offense gained 487 yards total offense . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 38-14 loss at #6 Wisconsin . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 24-15 loss to Purdue . . . started at left tackle and played every offensive down in 56-14 win at Nebraska, as offense rushed for 313 yards and gained 505 yards total offense . . . did not see action in 27-20 Pinstripe Bowl win over Boston College.
High School honors — Named first-team all-state and all-city and listed as Top 10 player in the state of Michigan . . . third-team all-state as a junior . . . Career — Played offensive and defensive line . . . helped the prep team advance to state playoffs as a junior . . . set school record for sacks in a season . . . team captain as a senior . . . also participated for prep basketball, soccer, baseball, and track teams.
Personal — Born 7/14/98, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada… sports medicine major… mother is Dionne Jackson… one of two players from Detroit on Iowa roster . . . high school coach was Lou Beatty.
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