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3 Kyle Jackson
  • Strong Safety
  • 6-0 · 191
  • Junior, 2L
  • Neptune Beach Fletcher HS

A true junior and two-year starter defensive back…

CAREER: Has seen action in 22 games with 12 starts…

2005: Played in 11 games and started the first six games of the 2005 season as well as in the Outback Bowl win over Iowa at safety…Finished out the season with 34 tackles, including 24 solo efforts, and one tackle for a loss of one yard; also one of only four Gators to snag more than one interception on the season (2) and one of 15 to record a pass break-up…Tied for the team lead with two interceptions on the season…Posted a career-high six solo tackles in the Gators' win over Iowa at the Outback Bowl, including one tackle for a loss of one yard, as well as one pass break-up…Recorded four total tackles in Florida's road swing against South Carolina, including three solo efforts…Did not see any game action against Georgia…

2004: One of eight freshmen to see action, playing in 11 games with five starts (Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, FSU and Miami) for 513 plays…Did not play against Kentucky…Was a key player for UF on kickoff return and punt return special teams…Five tackles is the third highest in school history by a true freshman defensive back…Was the first true freshman to have two picks in a game since Daryl Dixon in 1998, collecting two interceptions vs. South Carolina …Had a then-career high of five tackles against Vanderbilt, including four tackles solo…Collected his first pass defense of the season versus Vanderbilt and notched another in the South Carolina contest…Member of a career-high 89 plays against Vanderbilt…Made first career start at Middle Tennessee State….First career road trip was the Tennessee match up…

PREP: Rated ninth-best prospect in the state of Florida in SuperPrep's All-America issue…Ranked as the second-best safety and 51st-best player in the nation by…Rated as a four-star athlete by …Member of National Hot 100 and was rated the second-best safety in the country, as well as the top-rated safety in the South…Member of Hot 100 and Southern Hot 100…Florida Sports Writers Association Class 5A first-team defense all-state selection…Named as the Defensive Player of the Year by The Quarterback Club in 2003…Florida Times Union "Player of the Year"…Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl…As a senior, he recorded 106 tackles and had six interceptions, giving him a school record of 25 interceptions…Led Fletcher to a district title and the regional final in Class 5A… As a junior, he earned all-state honors at free safety as he totaled 106 tackles (17 for loss), nine picks and seven batted down passes…Chose Florida over Florida State, Michigan, LSU, North Carolina and Georgia Tech…Former teammate of former UF tailback Ciatrick Fason, who compares him to former Gator Keiwan Ratliff…High school coach was Joe Reynolds…

MAJOR: Social and Behavioral Sciences.

2004 21-3 24 0 0 0 0 3 2
2005 24-10 34 0 0 0 0 0 2
Totals: 45-13 58 0 0 0 0 3 4

Tackles: 6 (vs. Iowa, 2005)
QB Sacks: None
Forced Fumbles: None
Interceptions: 2 (South Carolina, 2004)

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