2016 Jet Award Winner! USC

ADOREE JACKSON career highlights


Adoree Jackson was born in Belleville, Illinois. He moved to California prior to his sophomore year where he attended Junípero Serra High School in Gardena, California. He played numerous positions including wide receiver, running back, defensive back and return specialist. Jackson was rated by as a five-star recruit and was ranked as the number one athlete and sixth best player overall in his class. He committed to the University of Southern California (USC) to play college football in 2014. Jackson also played basketball and ran track and field in both High School and College.


Within his career, Jackson has 84 tackles (4 for losses), 18 deflections and an interception for a TD on defense, 37 receptions for 552 yards (14.9 avg) with 5 TDs and 8 carries for 41 yards (5.1 avg) on offense and 53 kickoff returns for 1,374 yards (25.9 avg) with 2 TDs and 26 punt returns for 263 yards (10.1 avg) with 2 TDs on special teams. He is fourth on USC’s career kickoff return list (1,374 yards). He has 24 career starts (21 at cornerback, 1 at safety, 1 at wide receiver and 1 concurrently at cornerback and wide receiver).


Jackson, perhaps the most exciting players in college football, was named a Freshman All-American by Football Writers Association of America, Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year by the Pac-12 coaches, winner of the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back. and was a finalist for the Hornung Award in 2016 as one of the most versatile players in college football. He returned for his 3rd year as a starting cornerback and also made an impact as a wide receiver and returner. USC’s first 3-way player in nearly 20 years, he has drawn comparisons to former Michigan Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson. On January 16, 2017, Jackson announced he would skip his senior season and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.


Damon Benning, (Lead Voting Panelist) was a four year letterman who helped lead the Huskers to back-to-back national titles. He finished his career carrying the pigskin 270 times for a total of 1,562 yards. Benning also caught the ball 12 times for a total of 134 yards and returned 32 kickoffs for 770 yards. He finished his Husker career with 2,625 all-purpose yards. Due to his outstanding career, Benning was signed as a free-agent by the Carolina Panthers in 1997. Currently Benning focuses his attention on The Sharp & Benning in the Morning on 1620 The Zone.



To be considered for the Jet Award, players must be a Division 1 college football team member and meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a primary return specialist (Kick or Punt returner) for their team.
  • Be among the national leaders in return categories
  • Show leadership, courage, desire, respect for authority and discipline.

The first round of voting should be conducted in late September and early October. From that first round of votes, the list of 12 semifinalists will be created and released at the end of October. The second round of voting will take place in mid-October to form the list of four finalists.  A final vote in early December to determine the winner and the decision is announced at the Award Presentation.

Media Voting Panel

Blair Kerkoff KC Star (Midwest)        George Schroeder USA Today (Pacific NW)

Cedric Golden Austin American Statesman (Texas)

Bill Doleman Comcast/NBCU (Southwest)

Lisa Horne Fox Sports  (Pac-12)

Charles Davis Fox, Sports/NFL Network (National)

Heather Dinich (East Coast/ACC)

Tom Shatel Omaha World Herald (Local)

Adam Rittenberg (Midwest/National)

Bruce Feldman CBS (Pac-12/National)

Dennis Dodd CBS (Midwest)

Coley Harvey Orlando Sentinel (Florida)

Gerry Dinardo BTN Former Head Coach


Damon Benning Former College FB Player

Johnny Rodgers wil also recieve a vote along with the previous winners

1    Adoree Jackson                                USC                                               RB

2    C.J. Sanders                                         Notre Dame                                WR

3    Jabrill Peppers                                    UM                                                LB

Name                                                          Team                                                    Position



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