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Jackson Named All-American by Sporting News

by Michael Bonnette (@LSUBonnette)
Jackson Named All-American by Sporting News

BATON ROUGE – For the second time in as many days, LSU had a defensive back earn All-America honors as junior Donte Jackson has been named second team All-America by Sporting News.

Jackson becomes the second starter in the LSU secondary to earn an All-America honor, joining redshirt freshman Greedy Williams, who picked up a third team honor from the Associated Press on Monday.

Jackson, from Marrero, Louisiana, started 11 games for the Tigers in 2017, racking up 45 tackles to go along with 10 pass breakups and an interception. He ranked eighth in the Southeastern Conference in passes defended with 11.

Two of his top performances in 2017 came against Auburn and Arkansas. In LSU’s 27-23 win over Auburn, Jackson broke up four passes, including three on Auburn’s final drive, to help secure the win for the Tigers.

Then against Arkansas, Jackson recorded a career-best seven tackles, including a sack, two tackles for loss and a pass breakup in the 33-10 win over the Razorbacks.

Jackson and the 17th-ranked Tigers close out the 2017 season on New Year’s Day in Orlando, Florida when LSU faces 14th-ranked Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl presented by Overton’s. Tickets for the game are currently on sale and can be purchased on

2017 LSU Football – Post Season All-America Honors

Player Team Organization
Devin White (LB)
Second Team Football Writers Association of America
Second Team USA Today

Donte Jackson (DB)
Second Team Sporting News

Andraez Williams (CB)
Third Team Associated Press

2017 Sporting News All-America Teams


QB: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
RB: Bryce Love, Stanford
RB: Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
WR: James Washington, Oklahoma State
WR: David Sills, West Virginia
TE: Mark Andrews, Oklahoma
C: Billy Price, Ohio State
G: Cody O’Connell, Washington State
G: Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
T: Mitch Hyatt, Clemson
T: Orlando Brown, Oklahoma

DL: Bradley Chubb, NC State
DL: Maurice Hurst Jr., Michigan
DL: Christian Wilkins, Clemson
DL: Hercules Mata’afa, Washington State
LB: Josey Jewell, Iowa
LB: Roquan Smith, Georgia
LB: Micah Kiser, Virginia
CB: Josh Jackson, Iowa
CB: Denzel Ward, Ohio State
S: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
S: DeShon Elliott, Texas

Special Teams
P: Michael Dickson, Texas
K: Matt Gay, Utah
RET: Dante Pettis, Washington
ATH: Saquon Barkley, Penn State


QB: Lamar Jackson, Louisville
RB: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
RB: Kerryon Johnson, Auburn
WR: Anthony Miller, Memphis
WR: Steve Ishmael, Syracuse
TE: Mike Gesicki, Penn State
C: Bradley Bozeman, Alabama
G: Braden Smith, Auburn
G: David Bright, Stanford
T: Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
T: Michael Dieter, Wisconsin

DL: Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
DL: Nick Bosa, Ohio State
DL: Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois
DL: Ed Oliver, Houston
LB: Malik Jefferson, Texas
LB: T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin
LB: Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Oklahoma
CB: Carlton Davis, Auburn
CB: Donte Jackson, LSU
S: Derwin James, Florida State
S: Quin Blanding, Virginia

Special Teams
P: Johnny Townsend, Florida
K: Daniel Carlson, Auburn
RET: Tony Pollard, Memphis
ATH: Marcus Green, Louisiana-Monroe