Merrick Jackson
Merrick  Jackson

RS Senior

East St. Louis, Ill.

High School:
Althoff Catholic HS

Last College:
Iowa Western CC

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 320


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2017 Spring Preview: Defensive Line

All-Big Ten tackle Steven Richardson should anchor Minnesota's defensive line


Meet The Newcomers: Merrick Jackson

Defensive tackle played at Iowa Western with Cody Poock and Ace Rogers


Spring Preview: Defensive Line

Gophers have 15 members on its defensive line this spring

2016 • JUNIOR SEASON: Played in 12 games • recorded eight tackles, two tackles for a loss and recorded one safety. Game-by-Game: Made his Minnesota debut against Oregon State • made two tackles against Indiana State • saw action against Colorado State, Penn State, Iowa and Rutgers • notched two tackles against Illinois, including a sack that resulted in the Gophers first safety since 2012 • competed against Purdue, Nebraska and Northwestern • recorded one tackle at Wisconsin and competed against Washington State. 

PREVIOUS COLLEGE EXPERIENCE: Spent three seasons at Iowa Western, which included a redshirt season his first year • named NJCAA First Team All-American after recording 70 tackles and 7.5 sacks as a sophomore • also had 19 tackles-for-loss, forced one fumble and broke up one pass • as a freshman, totaled 52 tackles, 10.5 tackles-for-loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception • ranked as a three-star transfer prospect by ESPN, Scout and 247Sports, while Rivals game him two stars • enrolled at Minnesota in January 2016. 

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2013 graduate of Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville, Ill. • as a senior, notched 87 tackles, 21 tackles-for-loss and also scored two touchdowns as the Crusaders were the Class 2A state runners-up • named All-Metro • racked up 65 tackles, 13 tackles-for-loss, two sacks and two fumble recoveries as a junior.

PERSONAL: Born Dec. 6, 1994 • son Rosie Hall • brother Markese plays linebacker at Southern Illinois.


Elite Access: Beach Workout


Go behind the scenes at Gopher Football's first beach workout of the season on the shores of Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis in June of 2017!

Wolitarsky Winnipeg Bound


Former Minnesota receiver Drew Wolitarsky was selected by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL supplemental draft.

Elite Access: Football Etiquette Dinner


The Gopher Football team participated in an etiquette dinner at TCF Bank Stadium in mid-June 2017 to learn about proper dinner etiquette and much more.

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