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Miami Hurricanes Player Profile: Demetrius Jackson, Defensive End

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NCAA Football: Florida A&M at Miami Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Demetrius Jackson is entering his redshirt senior season as a member of the Miami Hurricanes. Jackson is a 6-foot-3, 265 pound pass rusher out of Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, FL. In 2014, Jackson signed with Miami as a four-star prospect per 247 Sports and a key part of the recruiting class. Jackson was named to the first-team All-Dade roster per the Miami Herald.

Over his career in Coral Gables Jackson has been oft-injured and it’s slowed his progress. He missed three games in 2016 but recorded 28 tackles, six tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks as a sophomore. In 2017, Jackson missed the final six games with an injury after recording 18 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Heading into his senior season- Jackson will be relied upon to replace Chad Thomas who departed for the NFL. The Hurricanes have defensive ends but none that can step in quite as stoutly to defend the run which is what Thomas’ departure will leave behind.

Jackson will need to be a veteran leader on a defensive line reeling from the losses of Thomas, Trent Harris, Kendrick Norton, Anthony Moten and RJ McIntosh. New defensive line coach Jess Simpson will lean on Jackson’s 16 career tackles for loss while the rest of the defensive line finds their way.