BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — Western Kentucky University linebacker Andrew Jackson was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the sixth round with the 203rd pick on Saturday at the 2014 National Football League Draft, held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Jackson’s selection gives the Hilltoppers draftees in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2002 and for the first time since moving up to the FBS level in 2008. Former defensive end Quanterus Smith was drafted in the fifth round last season by the Denver Broncos. Jackson will re-unite with former Hilltopper teammate Jack Doyle who signed a free agent deal last season with the Colts as a tight end.
Jackson, a 2012 and 2011 All-Sun Belt First Team performer and All-SBC Second Teamer in 2013, tallied 100 or more tackles in his sophomore and junior seasons to lead the Hilltoppers in consecutive seasons with 95 stops in his senior campaign. In 2013, his 55 solo tackles for tied for the second most among his team while his 40 assisted tackles led the Tops. A team captain as a senior, Jackson pushed WKU’s defensive unit to rank as the SBC’s best in 2012 and 2013.
Jackson’s 17.5 tackles for loss in 2012 and 17 tackles for loss in 2011 rank as the No. 2 and 3 marks in WKU’s brief history as an FBS school.
During his three seasons as a starter, Jackson amassed 326 tackles, 43 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. Over that span, the Hilltoppers won 22 games and appeared in their first bowl game since moving up to the FBS level in 2008. Jackson appeared in 37 games over his four-year career with the Hilltoppers, earning 34 starts along the way.
Jackson becomes WKU’s 29th draftee all-time, dating back to 1950 when Frank Wallheiser became the first Hilltopper ever drafted into the NFL. The Colts drafted WKU’s highest-ever draft pick, cornerback Joseph Jefferson, in the third round of the 2002 draft with the 74th overall pick.
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