A handful of freshmen have impressed observers during fall camp
2014: True freshman ... Averaging 4.4 yards per carry on his team-leading 89 attempts this season ... Ranks seventh in the Big Ten with 79.2 rushing yards per game ... Had career highs with 162 yards on 33 carries against Wisconsin ... Had a career-long 13-yard reception at Penn State ... 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 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 PressandDaily HeraldPlayer of the Year ... Two-time Illinois All-State and All-Academic Team member ... Max-Preps All-American, two-timeChicago TribuneAll-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.