In his third season with the Stampeders, Jackson played in 12 regular-season games — making a dozen starts at weak-side linebacker — as well as the West Division semifinal. Jackson tallied 32 tackles, including one tackle for loss, while recovering one fumble for 23 yards. He added one special-teams tackle. Jackson’s best game was a seven-tackle performance Sept. 9 at Edmonton. That contest included his 150th career tackle.
Malik started in all 18 regular season games as well as the West Final as an outside linebacker. He recorded 61 tackles including 6 tackles for loss. Malik also recorded six sacks (one reception), four pass knockdowns, two forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries, including a fumble return for 41 yard and a touchdown.
In his rookie season, Malik was Calgary's nominee for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie award. Heaccumulated a team-high 65 tackles and tied for the team lead with five tackles for loss. He added three sacks, two forced fumbles, eight special-teams tackles and a pass knockdown.
Calgary signed Jackson as a free agent on May 13, 2009. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders on Apr. 28, 2008 and released on Aug. 14.
Jackson played four years at the University of Louisville and started 21 games at linebacker in his final two seasons with the Cardinals. He finished his college career with 138 total tackles, 10 sacks, four fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles and one interception. In 2006, Jackson was second in the Big East both in sacks (nine) and in tackles for loss (16). He was third on the team in tackles with 57 and returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown against West Virginia. He was named to the All-Big East second team.
Jackson was a defensive back in high school. In his senior season for Dunwoody High School, he logged 93 tackles and four forced fumbles to earn All-Region honours.