On Jackson: Fourth-year player who established himself as the leader of the Terrapin defense and one of the top defensive players in the country last season ... on the preseason "watch list" for the Bednarik, Lombardi, Nagurski and Lott Awards ... a complete linebacker who is also a viable candidate for the Butkus Award ... finished a close second in voting for ACC Defensive Player of the Year as a junior ... runs well and is a sure tackler ... somewhat slight for his position but is solid as a rock ... has no problem shedding blockers ... reserved off the field but is a high-intensity warrior on it ... excels against the run and in pass coverage ... an Iron Terp who posted a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 350-pound bench and a 525-pound squat in off-season testing last year ... missed spring drills and testing in `05 after having surgery on his wrist.
2004 (Junior): Started all 11 games ... a first team All-ACC selection ... first team All-America by Collegefootballnews.com and second team by Rivals.com ... honorable mention All-American by Pro Football Weekly ... led the ACC with 123 tackles ... tied for the team lead with two interceptions ... third on the team with five PBUs ... fourth on the team with seven TFLs and second with four sacks ... (vs. WFU) ... had 11 tackles (two solo), 1.5 TFLs and a half-sack ... combined with Kevin Eli on a six-yard sack late in the third quarter and stopped TB Chris Barclay for a one-yard loss in the fourth quarter ... (at UVa) ... was all over the field, leading the Terrapins with 16 tackles (nine solo) ... pursued Marques Hagans as a passing play broke down, tackling him for no gain on a 3rd-and-4, forcing a Cavalier punt ... (vs. FSU) ... recorded a team-high 11 tackles (eight solo), a half-sack, a half-TFL and a PBU ... combined with Kevin Eli on an 11-yard sack in the first quarter ... named ACC Player of the Week ... (at CU) ... finished with a career-high 18 tackles (nine solo), 2.5 TFLs and one sack ... pursued Charlie Whitehurst out of the pocket to knock him out of bounds for no-gain on a 4th-and-1 in the third quarter ... came around the right end to stuff a Reggie Merriweather run for a loss of four yards in the third quarter ... burst through the line on a blitz to sack Whitehurst for a loss of 10 yards in the fourth quarter ... named ACC Player of the Week ... (vs. NCSU) ... notched eight tackles (four solo), had one PBU, forced one fumble and recovered his first career fumble ... came streaking downfield on the opening kickoff of the second half, and forced a fumble as he hit the returner ... recovered a fumbled punt by NC State in the fourth quarter ... (vs. GT) ... finished with 16 tackles (four solo), a PBU and a half-TFL ... hit QB Reggie Ball's arm as he threw for a PBU in the first quarter ... (at WVU) ... finished with 16 tackles (nine solo), had a sack and a PBU, while playing with a hyper-extended elbow ... leapt over one blocker to hit RB Kay-Jay Harris when Harris fumbled in the second quarter ... knocked down a pass by Marshall and forced a 3rd-and-long early in the second half ... buried Marshall after he was forced upfield for a one-yard sack at the end of the third quarter ... (vs. NIU) ... second on the team with nine tackles (eight solo) ... also intercepted two passes ... both interceptions led to Maryland scores, with one stopping an NIU drive at the Maryland 25 ... ACC Player of the Week.
2003 (Sophomore): Started all 13 games at middle linebacker ... a second team All-ACC selection ... ranked seventh in the ACC rankings for tackles per game with 10.5 ... led the team with 136 tackles (90 solo) ... other numbers include 7.5 TFLs, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions (one returned for a TD), two pass breakups, 10 QB hurries and one forced fumble ... tackle total was one short of the Maryland record for a sophomore ... (Gator Bowl vs. WVU) ... posted 12 tackles (eight solo) ... (at WFU) ... recorded eight tackles (six solo) and an interception ... interception came in the third quarter as he made a leaping grab on a pass that was tipped in the air by Andrew Henley ... stood up Chris Barclay on a run to the right side in the first quarter for no gain ... (at NCSU) ... had a big game with 11 tackles (nine solo), including one tackle for a loss ... (at GT) ... finished with 13 tackles (seven solo) and one QB hurry ... added a PBU in the second quarter as he nearly intercepted a pass from Reggie Ball ... (vs. Duke) ... led the Terps with 12 tackles (eight solo) ... combined with Leon Joe for a sack on a third-and-11, forcing a Duke punt ... on one of his two QB hurries, he broke straight through the offensive line to get to the Blue Devil quarterback, forcing him to throw the ball away ... (vs. CU) ... led the team with 10 tackles (nine solo), a sack and 0.5 TFL ... threw his blocker aside and downed the Clemson QB for a sack in the second quarter ... showed his great speed in the third quarter on a third down as he caught the Tiger QB, stopping him short of a first down and forcing a fourth-down conversion attempt which failed ... (at EMU) ... was all over the field, leading the team with a career-high 16 tackles (nine solo) ... (vs. WVU) ... finished with 12 tackles (10 solo) ... caught Rasheed Marshall from behind for a loss of six yards on his first career sack ... (at FSU) ... had a career game ... posted the first interception of his career on Chris Rix's first pass of the game and returned it for a touchdown, running over two FSU players on his way to the end zone ... finished second on the team with 11 tackles (five solo) ... forced a fumble ... came flying through the right end of the offensive line to block a 28-yard field goal attempt in the first quarter ... stopped a Chris Rix QB sneak on third and one, forcing the Seminoles to punt ... (at NIU) ... led the Terps with 15 tackles (eight solo) in his debut as a starter ... tied for a team lead with three QB hurries ... added one tackle for a loss of two yards.
2002 (Freshman): Saw action in all 14 games ... led all freshmen in tackles with 51, including 38 solo stops ... also had three TFLs, three QB hurries and two forced fumbles (second-most on the team) ... (at Duke) ... tied for second on the team with eight tackles (six solo) ... (vs. EMU) ... had six stops on the day (four solo) ... had one tackle for a loss of one yard ... posted two quarterback hurries ... (vs. Akron) ... had five tackles on the day (four solo) ... registered a forced fumble ... (vs. Notre Dame) ... had a strong Terrapin debut, finishing the game with season-high 12 total tackles, second-most on the team ... his 10 solo tackles also ranked second on the team behind E.J. Henderson (11) ... also contributed a forced fumble and two TFLs.
High School: A three-year letterwinner and 2002 graduate of Seminole High School in Seminole, Fla. ... spent time at linebacker, fullback, quarterback and punter as a prep ... made 91 tackles as a senior, including 10 sacks ... also rushed for 950 yards with a 5.7-yard average and 13 touchdowns as a fullback ... made 150 tackles with 16 for loss, four forced fumbles and four fumbles recovered as a junior ... was the Warhawk's quarterback in 2000 ... a first team all-state selection by the Associated Press as a junior and senior ...a first team all-conference, all-district and All-Sun Coast selection as a senior ... was also an All-Time Warner first-team pick, which encompasses Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough counties on Florida's Gulf Coast ... an All-Dixie region selection by SuperPrep ... an All-Southeast region pick by PrepStar ... played in the prestigious Florida/Georgia All-Star game ... led all tacklers with 10 in a 40-13 Florida win ... SHS went 23-4 in his last two years and made the regional finals both seasons ... 2000 team was undefeated in the regular season and finished 12-1 ... was also recruited by Florida, NC State and Louisiana State ... high school coach was Sam Roper.
Personal: D'Qwell Jackson was born September 26, 1983 ... son of Willie and Debra Jackson ... served as a mentor for youngsters at a local elementary school ... vice president of the Varsity Lettermen's Club at his high school ... majoring in criminology and criminal justice ... first name is pronounced "dee-KWELL."
Defense G-GS UT AT TT/Avg TFL Sacks Int. 2002 14-0 38 13 51/3.6 3.0-3 0.0-0 0-0 2003 13-13 90 46 136/10.5 7.5-27 2.5-17 2-58 2004 11-11 63 60 123/11.1 7.0-35 4.0-26 2-36 Career 38-24 191 119 310/8.2 17.5-65 6.5-43 4-94