? Preseason Second-Team All-Big Ten by Athlon
2002: Second on the team in total tackles with 67, 42 of which were solo stops ? Team leader with three fumble recoveries ... Also forced one fumble and had one interception ... Had five tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception in the season-finale vs. Northwestern ... Recorded seven tackles against Wisconsin ? Forced a fumble and had a TFL against Penn State ? Recorded six tackles vs. the Hoosiers ? Tallied a career-high 14 tackles against the Boilermakers ? Had three tackles vs. SJSU before leaving with injury ? Recorded nine tackles and forced a fumble at midfield in the season opener vs. Mizzou ? Had seven tackles vs. USM.
2001: Spent the season as a medical redshirt after suffering a dislocated shoulder during training camp.
2000: Played in all 11 games, starting three against Indiana, Ohio State and Northwestern ... Two starts came at cornerback ... Had a career-high 11 total tackles, including nine solo vs. the Buckeyes ... Registered 52 tackles for the season and three pass deflections ... Recorded seven tackles in shutout over Iowa ... Had only tackle for loss and two passes broken up against Ohio State ... Posted six tackles against Middle Tenn., Indiana and Northwestern.
1999: Played in 11 games ... Reserve defensive back totaled 11 tackles ? Recorded two passes broken up and one forced fumble ? Key contributor on special teams ? Issued three solo tackles against Michigan State ... Blocked punt in first collegiate game and season-opening win against Arkansas State ? Blocked second punt of the season in the Illini?s 63-21 win over Virginia in the bowl game
High School: First-team All-Valley League at free safety and two-time selection at punt returner ? Named All-American by Gridiron Great, Super Prep, Prep Star, National Recruiting Advisor and Student Sports? Chicago Sun-Times "Top 100" selection ? Played free safety, running back, and wide receiver in addition to returning punts and kickoffs for Crescent Valley High School under Coach Mike Fagan ? Earned three letters in football, two in basketball, and four in track ? Was a member of Crescent Valley's 4x100 relay state championship teams in 1997 and ?98.
Personal: Full given name is Marc Elliott Jackson . . . Born May 20, 1981 in Harvey, Ill. ? Parents are Robert and JoAnn Jackson ? Father, Robert, is receivers coach at Illinois ? Has one brother, Bobby, who was the starting strong safety for the Illini from 1997-2001 ? Majoring in leisure studies/sports management.
DEFENSIVE STATISTICS YEAR G ST AT TOT TFL-YDS FF-FR BK PBU 1999 11 9 2 11 0-0 1-0 2 2 2000 11 41 11 52 1-5 0-0 0 3 2002 12 42 25 67 1-4 1-3 0 1 Total 34 92 38 130 2-9 2-3 2 6