Started all 11 games for the Illini ... Named team's co-captain ... Tallied a career high 12 tackles, including seven solo tackles, against Michigan ... Ranked fourth on the team in total tackles with 76, 53 of those solo tackles ... Also totaled three tackles for loss ... Registered nine tackles in each of the last four games of the season ... Recorded interceptions against San Diego State and Michigan State, including a 39-yard return for a touchdown at MSU ... Registered only sack of the season in win over California ... Had four passes broken up ... Ranked 21st in the Big Ten in total tackles ... Returned to starting lineup after rehabing a torn ACL during the 1999 season.
Tore his ACL during ?99 spring practice and sat out the regular season with a medical redshirt ? Returned from injury in November and worked out on the scout team ? Father, Robert, and brother, Marc, joined Bobby in Champaign, Robert as Illinois? receivers coach and Marc played in all 11 games at safety as a true-freshman.
Started all 11 games at strong safety, ranking fifth on UI squad with 51 tackles, including 41 solos with two tackles-for-loss, one interception, six passes broken up and one forced fumble ? Made season-high 10 tackles with five solos vs. Ohio State ? Made four stops with one tackle for loss and a forced fumble at Washington State ? Made eight stops with six solos and three passes broken up vs. Louisville ? Made five tackles with four solos vs. Iowa and Northwestern ? Made seven solos with two tackles for loss at Penn State ? Recorded eight tackles with seven solos and an interception vs. Indiana ? Added a tackle for loss and pass broken up at Michigan State.
Lettered as a true freshman, playing in all 11 games . . . Moved into starting strong safety position for the final five games of the season ? Made first collegiate start vs. Purdue, responding with 11 tackles, eight solos and three passes broken up . . . Made first career interception in season finale vs. Michigan State . . . Made 36 tackles, including 28 solos, with five TFLs, one interception, four passes broken up and one fumble recovery ? Had six tackles vs. Northwestern, eight stops with seven solos at Ohio State and six tackles vs. Michigan State with an interception and a fumble recovery.
High School Highlights
Earned first-team All-Valley League honors twice and was named 1996 league defensive player of the year . . . A two-time all-region selection, also earning all-region honors in track . . . A second-team all-state selection ? Named All-American by Parade, Super Prep and BlueChip magazine, the lone selection from Oregon or Washington . . . Top defensive back in Northwest as selected by Student Sports . . . No. 2 strong safety in the nation as selected by The National Recruiting Advisor. . . Played free safety, running back and wide receiver . . . Made a team-leading 84 tackles, including 54 solos, along with six interceptions as a senior . . . Returned three interceptions for touchdowns.. . Also rushed for 385 yards on 72 carries and scored five touchdowns ? Caught 21 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns . . . Helped lead Crescent Valley to two consecutive state playoff appearances and the 1995 Valley League title . . . High school coach was Mike Fagan . . . Earned three letters in football, one in basketball and four in track . . . Ran a 10.8 in the 100 meter dash, also ran 200-meter dash and on relays . . . Broke school records in 200 meter dash (22.1) and 4x100 meter relay (43.58).
Born Robert L. Jackson on Oct. 3, 1979 ??Grew up in Illinois and lived in suburban Matteson until 1991 . . . Father, Robert II, was football coach at Thornwood High School and Northern Illinois University before heading to Oregon State from 1990-98 . . . Brother, Marc, is a junior free safety for the Illini ? Parents are Robert and JoAnn Jackson ? Robert is receivers coach in his third season for the Illini . . . Majoring in economics.
Tackles: 12 vs. Michigan, 9/23/00
Solos: 8 vs. Purdue, 10/25/97 & vs. Indiana, 11/4/00
TFL: 2 at Penn State, 10/31/98
Interceptions: 1, four times last at Michigan State, 10/28/00
PBU: 3 vs. vs. Purdue, 10/25/97 & vs. Louisville, 9/19/98