November 3, 2007

Jackson shines again

Kareem Jackson provided an impressive encore to his two-interception performance against Tennessee Saturday night, but in the end, it wasn't quite enough to take a bow.

The true freshman helped Alabama recover from an early 17-3 deficit with an interception of LSU quarterback Matt Flynn, which he returned 51 yards down the home sideline to the LSU 35. Tigers running back Jacob Hester, the only LSU player with a chance to make the tackle, managed to run Jackson out of bounds. It marked Jackson's third interception of the season, all three coming in Alabama's last two games.

"The three turnovers is what allowed us to get back in the game after being down 17-3," said Alabama coach Nick Saban. Safety Rashad Johnson and linebacker Ezekial Knight also made interceptions, with all three pick-offs coming on consecutive possessions.

Jackson's pick, however, was the only one of the three that set up an Alabama touchdown. After John Parker Wilson absorbed one of LSU's seven sacks on the play following Jackson's interception, Wilson found Keith Brown for a 29-yard touchdown and a 20-17 lead.

Jackson also got a hand on Colt David's field goal try at the end of the first half, keeping the Crimson Tide's 20-17 lead intact entering the locker room. It was the first blocked kick by Alabama's special teams this season.

As UA coach Nick Saban's policy prohibits true freshman from doing media interviews, Jackson was unavailable for comment.

Jackson finished the game with six tackles, five of them solo, and a pass breakup to go with his interception and blocked kick.

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