A handful of freshmen have impressed observers during fall camp
2014: One of four true freshmen to see the field ... Earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten accolades from the league coaches ... Rushed for 1,187 yards and 10 touchdowns, recording the 16th 1,000-yard rushing season in program history and just the second by a freshman (Tyrell Sutton had 1,474 in 2005) ... His 98.9 yards per game were the fourth-most by a Power-5 conference freshman during the 2014 regular season and were sixth-most overall in the Big Ten ... NU's leading rusher in all 12 games, with six 100-yard rushing performances (all against Big Ten opponents and Notre Dame) ... Totaled 1,388 all-purpose yards ... Second on the team in points scored (66) ... Started five games ... Posted 130 yards and two TDs on 24 carries in season-finale vs. Illinois ... Also had two touchdowns at Purdue when he rushed for 147 yards, including a career-long carry of 68 yards against the Boilermakers that put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season ... Busted a 44-yard run as part of 149-yard, one-touchdown performance at Notre Dame ... Made first career start at Iowa ... Ran for 96 yards and a touchdown against the Hawkeyes ... Put in career-high two touchdowns against Nebraska ... Ran for 100-plus yards for second straight week (106) at Minnesota ... Caught four passes for 50 yards and first career TD against the Gophers ... Had career highs with 162 yards on 33 carries against Wisconsin ... Recorded totals of 21 carries for 92 yards against Western Illinois, also scoring on a 21-yard TD rush ... Carried 12 times for 52 yards against NIU ... Caught two passes against the Huskies ... Made collegiate debut against Cal, rushing for team-high 40 yards and first career touchdown against Golden Bears ... Named NU's Offensive Player of the Game vs. Western Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa and Purdue and offense's Big Playmaker vs. Cal.
High School: Ranked the No. 5 overall prospect out of Illinois by Scout.com and the No. 4 all-purpose running back in the nation by 247Sports.com ... Holds the Glenbard North record for career rushing yards and ranks fifth all-time in the IHSA record book for both career rushing yards (6,531) and rushing TDs (85) ... Competed in the USA vs. Canada International Bowl ... Two-time Gatorade Player of the Year and Dupage Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year ... NamedChicago Sun-Times,Carol Stream Press and Daily Herald Player of the Year ... Two-time Illinois All-State and All-Academic Team member ... Max-Preps All-American, two-time Chicago Tribune All-State and three-time Tom Lemming All-Area Underclassmen ... As a senior, recorded 42 carries, 405 yards, and five touchdowns in a 40-34 win over No. 15 Naperville Central ... Participated in the DuPage Training Academy for seven years ... Member of the Honor Roll and French Honors Society ... Also lettered in track and basketball and was the basketball team captain.
Personal: Born Justin Joseph Jackson ... Son of Phillip and Veronica Jackson ... Mother is the late Denise Jackson ... Majoring in economics.