May 26, 2013
Defensive Line (2010-11)
The first Vol to be honored as an All-SEC selection while wearing the No. 97,>Malik Jackson is currently with the Denver Broncos after being a fifth-round selection in the NFL Draft in April 2012.
Jackson, who played in the Senior Bowl in late January, was named to the All-SEC First Team by the media in 2011 and the All-SEC Second Team by the coaches. Also a 2010 AP All-SEC second team honoree, Jackson led the Vols in tackles for loss (11), sacks (2.5) and quarterback hurries (10) in his senior year. His 56 tackles were a career-high, ranked tied for third on the team and positioned him as one of just two defensive linemen to rank in the SEC's top 50 in tackles per game with an average of 4.6 each outing.
He began his career at USC and played two seasons with the Trojans before coming to Knoxville in 2010.
"Coming out of high school, I wore 15. I wore 97 at USC so I just decided to keep the same number when I got to Tennessee. I'm wearing 70 up here in Denver, but I'm actually hoping that will change pretty soon. I got a call when I signed and they asked me what number I wanted. They told me 97 wasn't available and I could have 56, 60, 70 or 72, so 70 was the number."
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