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Shedrick Jackson
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High school football hotbeds California, Florida and Texas receive the glitz and glam. It’s no secret these massive states produce elite talent destined for the NFL, but often forgotten is Alabama. The Heart of Dixie had 11 home-grown players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft, good for sixth-most in the country.

Auburn wide receiver Shedrick Jackson carries the same Yellowhammer State DNA heading into his junior season, which adds to the DNA he touts as the nephew of 1985 Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson.

Everybody knows Bo from his Pro Bowl selection with the Los Angeles Raiders and MLB All-Star game appearance with the Kansas City Royals. Before that, and the infamous hip injury that cut down his career, no one stopped the Bessemer, Alabama, native in the Southeastern Conference.

Three All-SEC first team selections and two Consensus All-American honors elevated Jackson to mythological levels. He’ll remain on lists of the Auburn Tigers’ all-time football players forever, and hopefully, his nephew gets remembered for his own legacy on The Plains.

Auburn WR Shedrick Jackson, Bo Jackson’s Nephew

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When Jackson arrived at Auburn in the spring of 2018, comparisons to his famous uncle began. But sharing a last name with arguably the most dominant athlete to ever live. It was how polished and physically gifted Jackson was coming out of high school.

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“He came to our camp and did a great job with his route running coming in and out of breaks,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said in 2017 after Jackson’s commitment. “He ran a 4.4. We think he’s got a chance to be a real special player, too.”

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Jackson stands about 6-foot-1 and weighs 200 pounds. Rated as a three-star prospect and top-10 player in Alabama by 247Sports, Jackson helped the Hoover Buccaneers to a Class 7A state championship before committing to Auburn over Mississippi State, Missouri, Georgia Tech and Memphis among several FBS offers.

In Hoover’s 48-20 dismantling of McGill-Toolen in that title game, Jackson caught six passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Teammate George Pickens, now with the Georgia Bulldogs, caught two passes for 61 yards and two TDs in that game.

Though his collegiate stats don’t reflect much, Jackson’s started six games in two years and is poised for an expanded role in Auburn football’s offense with new offensive coordinator Chad Morris on campus for the 2020 season, plus the development of sophomore quarterback Bo Nix, the 2019 SEC Freshman of the Year.

Shedrick Jackson’s Highlights

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Alongside a talented group of wideouts that includes Seth Williams, Anthony Schwartz, and Eli Stove, Jackson projects as a key contributor in Auburn’s offense that’ll look to utilize his combination of size and straight-line speed to develop a deep ball threat in the SEC.

You might not have known him before, but heading into the 2020 college football season, say hello to Bo… I mean, Shedrick Jackson.

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John Duffley About the author:
John joins the FanBuzz team with five years of experience freelancing as a sports writer for TheDupes.net and Football.com. A graduate of Penn State University, John currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. He is also a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
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