Florida Tech Defensive Back Joe Jackson Named Gulf South Conference Defensive Player Of The Week

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Florida Tech junior defensive back Jo Jackson has been named the Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Week for Week Four after helping lead the Panthers to a 28-7 road victory at Division I FCS program Presbyterian Saturday night in Clinton, South Carolina.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech junior defensive back Jo Jackson has been named the Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Week for Week Four after helping lead the Panthers to a 28-7 road victory at Division I FCS program Presbyterian Saturday night in Clinton, South Carolina.

The former Orange Coast Community College standout was consistently around the ball during the game. Not only did Jackson record four tackles and knock away a pair of passes but he also became the first player in Florida Tech history to intercept multiple passes in the same game.

The junior’s first pick came immediately following a Blue Hose takeaway. PC quarterback Will Brock tried to take advantage of the quick change of possession with a deep pass down the sideline but Jackson rose high and snagged the ball to regain possession for the Panthers.

joe-jackson-180Jackson’s second interception was even more pivotal. Following a scoring drive and defensive stop for Presbyterian, the Blue Hose seemed to have all of the momentum driving down the field to potentially cut the FIT lead to a single score.

Breaking perfectly on a wheel route, the ball hawking corner stepped in front of the receiver and took the interception 83 yards to the house. It was the first pick six for FIT since Trai Cadore‘s against Newberry in 2013.

North Alabama’s Jacob Tucker was named the GSC Offensive Player of the Week, while West Georgia’s Devontae Jackson took home the special teams honor. The defensive player of the week honor went to Cedric Hollingshed of Valdosta State.

Florida Tech returns to action on Saturday with the first annual Coastal Classic against upstart program West Florida.

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The game, scheduled for a 7 p.m. ET kickoff, will be televised on the American Sports Network as part of the NCAA Division II Showcase. Jerry Durney and Paul Van Scott will have the call on your radio dial on 89.5 FM WFIT and WFIT.org.

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