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19 Matt Jackson

Began his Gator career at wide receiver in August 2000, was moved to safety and then returned to wide receiver after the first month of the season in 2000...Moved to cornerback during 2003 Spring practice ...Played in 44 games with two starts, for 815 plays, and also played in the 2001 Sugar Bowl and the 2002 Orange Bowl...16 receptions for 245 yards (15.3 avg.) and one TD...

2003: Saw action in eight games (SJSU, Miami, FAMU, Tennessee, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, FSU) for 141 plays...Made one tackle in the season-opener vs. SJSU and saw action on 18 defensive plays and on kick-off, punt and punt return teams...Recorded five tackles and a TFL in 38 plays at No. 3 Miami...Saw a season-high 44 plays vs. SJSU...Also dressed for the Kentucky, Ole Miss, LSU, Arkansas and Iowa games but did not see any action...

2002: Played in all 13 games for 304 plays...Had nine catches for 125 yards (13.9 avg)...Also played on kickoff coverage and punt team...Nine catches were more than his first two years combined...Shared team-lead with three catches for a team-best 49 yards vs. Ohio ...Caught two passes each vs. Kentucky (26 yards) and Ole Miss (33 yards), including a season-long 28 yard catch vs. Kentucky...

2001: Battled for playing time in the wide receiver rotation and was also a prominent member of the special teams unit...Played in all 11 regular season games with one start (Mississippi State) for 222 plays and also saw action in the Orange Bowl...Second on team in special teams tackles with 15 (9 solo, 4 assists)...Two receptions for 37 yards (18.5) on the season...One kickoff return for 21 yards...Caught two passes for 37 yards vs. Vanderbilt...

2000: Played in all 12 regular season games, with one start (South Carolina), for 153 plays...Also played in the Nokia Sugar Bowl...Five receptions for 83 yards (16.6 avg.) and one TD on the season...Career highs in three statistical categories with two receptions, 62 receiving yards and one TD (33-yarder) vs. Mississippi State...First career start vs. South Carolina and had one reception for two yards...

PREP: A two-way standout (WR/DB) who gained All-America recognition... network ranked him among the nation top 15 defensive backs...Prep Football Report ranked him among the nation's top 20 defensive backs...A National Bluechips All-American and that publication ranked him among the top 18 cornerback prospects in the nation ...All-America honors from USA Today and was named the Player of the Year for North Central Florida by the Florida Times- Union... First-team All-State (3A) as a wide receiver in '99 after leading Suwannee to state title game...12 career interceptions and had 69 catches for 984 yards and eight touchdowns with 55 tackles in 1999...District champion in the shot put and 100 meters in 1999...Selected to play in Florida-Georgia All-Star Game...Named to Who's Who Among American High School Students...Served as president of church youth group and was a motivational speaker to elementary students ...Also a member of the academic honor roll...High school coach was Jay Walls ...

Career Defensive Stats:
year ut-at tt tbl qbs ff fr pd int
2001 9-6 15 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 9-2 11 1 0 0 0 0 0
Total 18-8 26 1 0 0 0 0 0
Career Receiving Stats:
year no. yds avg tds long
2000 5 83 16.6 1 33
2001 2 37 18.5 0 27
2002 9 125 13.9 0 28
Total 16 245 15.3 1 33

Career Highs:
Total Tackles: 5 (Miami, 2003)
QB Sacks: -
Forced Fumbles: -
Interceptions: -
Big Plays: 1 (Miami, 2003) Receptions: 3 (Ohio, 2002)


  • Person in history he'd most like to meet is Frederick Douglass
  • One thing that would surprise people the most about him is his humbleness
  • High school teammate of current Gator, Jarvis Herring, Miami's Kelly Jennings and Florida State's Kyler Hall
  • Father, Jimmy Jackson, was his cornerbacks coach at Live Oak HS
  • In high school, was the president of his regional church group
2003 game-by-game

Games played: 8
 Date         Opponent               Solo  Ast  Total    TFL-Yds 
 Aug 30, 2003 SAN JOSE ST............   1    0      1    0.0-0   
 Sep 06, 2003 at MIAMI Hurricanes....   5    0      5    1.0-1   
 Sep 13, 2003 FLORIDA A&M............   1    1      2    0.0-0   
 Sep 20, 2003 TENNESSEE..............   1    1      2    0.0-0   
 Nov 01, 2003 vs Georgia.............   0    0      0    0.0-0   
 Nov 08, 2003 VANDERBILT.............   1    0      1    0.0-0   
 Nov 15, 2003 at South Carolina......   0    0      0    0.0-0   
 Nov 29, 2003 FLORIDA STATE..........   0    0      0    0.0-0   
 Totals..............................   9    2     11    1.0-1


"Senior Matt Jackson continues to do good things at cornerback and is pushing for serious playing time."
(August 15, 2003) Robbie Andreu, Gainesville Sun

"He said if I feel like I can make plays at corner, he'd give me a shot. That's what I bring to the table- the ability to make plays. I was originally recruited to play corner, and deep in my heart that's kind of where I always wanted to play. Coach Zook gave me the opportunity and now it's up to me to take advantage of it. I'm getting better every day."
(August 19, 2003) Matt Jackson, UF Defensive Back

"I'm very physical. I've gotten to where I like contact now, and a lot of receivers don't like to be hit too much."
(August 19, 2003) Matt Jackson, UF Defensive Back

"If I come out every day and work and get better, then I can help this team, whether it be on defense, special teams, whatever. But I feel that playing corner I can add at least some depth, some insurance on the other side of the ball."
(August 19, 2003) Matt Jackson, UF Defensive Back

"He is humble rather than haughty. He prefers to stay quiet instead of inciting a riot. Even though he is a senior and his top competitors are newcomers, he won't talk about starting."
(August 19, 2003) Guerry Smith, Gator Bait magazine

"Matt Jackson's doing a great job. He has good feet, he has good hands. I wish I had him last year."
(August 19, 2003) Mike Woodford, Former UF Defensive Backs coach

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