Alabama's Jackson skipping senior year for NFL

Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 3:12 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 3:12 p.m.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama cornerback Kareem Jackson is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft after the advisory committee projected him as a second-round pick.

Jackson announced his decision Friday — the last day for underclassmen to declare for the draft — but said he still planned to fulfill a promise to his parents and complete his degree.

The three-year starter joins All-America linebacker Rolando McClain in leaving the national champions a year early. The Tide will have only three defensive starters returning, counting linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who missed most of the season with a knee injury.

Jackson had 159 tackles and five interceptions in his career while starting all but one game.

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