CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 8, vs. Baylor (2014)
Tackles For Loss: 2.5, vs. Iowa State (2013)
Sacks: 1 6x, vs. Baylor (2014)*
Quarterback Hurries: 2, at UTEP (2014)
Fumbles Recovered: 1 2x, vs. Texas (2014)
* Indicates most recent high
Started and played in 12 games with 44 tackles (27 solo), 10.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, two fumble recoveries, two quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and one forced fumble… tied for team lead in fumble recoveries… ranked second on the team in tackles for loss and sacks… BIG 12 RANKINGS: sixth in fumbles recovered/game (0.17)... 13th in tackles for loss/game (0.88)... 14th in sacks/game (0.42)... SEASON HIGHLIGHTS: made four tackles (three solo) with a sack and broke up two passes at Iowa State (11/22)... had two tackles (one solo) against No. 24 Oklahoma (11/15)... scored first career touchdown on a fumble recovery in the end zone following a sack by Jackson Richards against Texas (11/1)... also posted three tackles (two solo) with two tackles for loss and a fumble recovery against the Longhorns... fumble recovery for a TD marked a first by a Red Raider since 2013 (Will Smith, 9-yard fumble recovery for TD vs. Texas State)... it also marked the first defensive score by the Red Raiders this season... recorded four tackles (three solo) with 1.5 tackles for loss and forced one fumble and recovered a fumble on the same play against Kansas (10/18)... made four tackles (three solo) against West Virginia (10/11)... posted four tackles (three solo) with 1.5 tackles for loss at No. 22 Kansas State (10/4)... made two tackles (one solo) and notched 0.5 tackle for loss at No. 24 Oklahoma State (9/25)... tallied three tackles (one solo) with 0.5 tackles for loss against Arkansas (9/13)... made six tackles (two solo) while leading the team in quarterback hurries (2) at UTEP (9/6)... posted three tackles (all solo) with a sack for a loss of seven yards in season opener against Central Arkansas (8/30).
Started and played in all 13 games with 44 tackles (29 solo), 9.0 tackles for loss (43 yards), four sacks, three pass breakups and one quarterback hurry... ranked second on the team in sacks and third in tackles for loss... BIG 12 RANKINGS: 15th in sacks (4.0)... 17th in sacks/game (0.31)... made two tackles (both solo) with one tackle for loss (seven yards) helping the Red Raiders to a 37-23 upset over No. 14 Arizona State (12/30) in the National University Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego... had a streak of 20 consecutive games (2012-13) with at least one tackle snapped while not recording a tackle at Texas (11/28)... had five tackles (four solo) against No. 4 Baylor at AT&T Stadium in Arlington... recorded three tackles (all solo) with a sack for a loss of seven yards and broke up a pass against Kansas State (11/9)... sack was the first by a Red Raider since the West Virginia game... second on the team with seven tackles (six solo) with 0.5 tackles for a loss, one quarterback hurry and broke up one pass against No. 12 Oklahoma State (11/2)... tallied five tackles (one solo) with 1.0 tackles for a loss at No. 12 Oklahoma (10/26)... made a season-high six tackles (three solo) with 0.5 tackles for a loss at West Virginia (10/19)... collected five tackles (four solo) with 2.5 tackles for a loss and for the second straight game recorded a sack (loss of 7) against Iowa State (10/12)... recorded first career sack, notched a pair of tackles for a loss and broke up a pass at Kansas (10/5)... had one tackle (solo) against Texas State (9/21)... made three tackles (two solo) against No. 24 TCU (9/12)... recorded one tackle (solo) in home opener against Stephen F. Austin (9/7)... made season debut collecting four tackles (1 solo) with 0.5 tackles for a loss in season opener at SMU (8/30).
Played in 13 games with 19 tackles (17 solo, 2 assisted) with one forced fumble and one pass breakup… had at least one tackle in 10-of-13 games played… notched a solo tackle in the final three games of the season, including games at No. 24 Oklahoma State (11/17), against Baylor (11/24) and against Minnesota (12/28) in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas at Reliant Stadium… had a season-high seven tackles (all solo) against Kansas (11/10)… collected a solo tackle against No. 23 Texas (11/3)… made two tackles (both solo) at No. 3 Kansas State (10/27)… had two tackles (one solo) at No. 21 TCU (10/20)… made one tackle (solo) against No. 4 West Virginia (10/13)… notched a tackle (solo) against No. 14 Oklahoma (10/6)… posted two tackles (one solo) at Texas State (9/8)... made career debut in season opener against Northwestern State (9/1).
2011 Redshirt season.
McKeesport Area High School in McKeesport, Pa… four-star prospect by Scout ... three-star by Rivals and ESPN.com ... ranked by Rivals as the No. 29 strongside defensive end nationally ... ranked by Scout as the No. 9 outside linebacker in the nation ... tabbed by ESPN.com as the No. 40 outside linebacker ... PrepStar All-East team ... No. 13 on Superprep Pennsylvania 32 ... No. 51 Superprep All-America Defensive Lineman ... led team to league championship… named first team all-conference… two-sport star at McKeesport High School as he averaged 11 points per-game in basketball… High School Coach: Troy Blackwell.
Branden Maurice Jackson… born in McKeesport, Pa… son of Bryant Boyd and Tonya Boma… has two older brothers, Ross and Bryant, and a younger sister, Tiffinique… enjoys going to church and playing basketball… majoring in criminology at Texas Tech.