Tristan Jackson


185 lbs


5' 8"


Defensive Back


Central Arkansas


May 5th, 1986

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Played 10 regular season games, starting five at defensive back, the West Semi-Final, West Final and Grey Cup…finished with 16 defensive tackles, one tackle for loss and one interception…also 15 kickoff returns for 378 yards and 38 punt returns for 302 yards…added five defensive tackles, three forced fumbles and one kickoff return for one yard in the playoffs…added three defensive tackles in the Grey Cup.


Played 13 regular season games…started four at cornerback…also played on special teams as a returner…finished with 20 defensive tackles, five pass knockdowns and one interception…had 30 kickoff returns for 794 yards and 32 punt returns for 303 yards…added four missed field goal returns for 267 yards including a 129 yard return for a touchdown.


Dressed in all 18 regular season games…started 16 at cornerback…also played on special teams as a returner…finished the regular season with 71 defensive tackles, five pass knockdowns, two forced fumbles, one interception and one tackle for a loss…added 57 punt returns for 448 yards and 23 kickoff returns for 550 yards.


Began the season on the 9-game injured list with a shoulder injury…returned to the line-up in Week 10…in six games he returned 18 kickoffs for 355 yards and 27 punts for 130 yards… also returned three missed field goals for 79 yards…was placed back on the 9-Game Injured List before Game 16


Jackson has been the punt and kick returner for ten games. He has returned 46 punts for 590 yards and a touchdown. He earned Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance on July 25 when he returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown. He has returned 41 kickoffs for 846 yards including a 56-yarder in Game 1 and a 53-yarder in Game 6. Against Hamilton on August 29, Jackson was also in a running back for a play, recording one carry for two yards.


Jackson was impressive on both special teams and defence in 17 games (three starts) this season. He finished first in the CFL with 79 punt returns for 809 yards and two touchdowns (July 10 vs Tor and Oct 4 vs Wpg) and had 35 kick returns for 839 yards and one touchdown (July 20 at Tor). He also had five missed field goal returns for 142 yards, his longest a 64-yarder in Toronto on July 20. Seeing playing time on defence as well, Jackson had 11 defensive tackles, one special teams tackle, four knockdowns, a forced fumble and two interceptions for 123 yards, including one he ran back for a touchdown on July 10 vs, Toronto. He earned CFL Special Teams Player of the Week honours three times (Weeks 3, 4 and 15). On Oct 25 in Saskatchewan he recorded two carries for 18 yards. In the East Semi-Final he had 69 yards on eight punt returns and 57 yards on three kickoff returns. In the East Final Jackson had 151 yards and a touchdown on eight punt returns and five kickoff returns for 91 yards. He was the 2008 Eskimo nominee for the CFL's Outstanding Rookie and Outstanding Special Teams Player Awards.


Named to the All-Southland Conference Second Team, Jackson led his league in punt returns averaging 23.6 yards per return. He played in nine games his senior year, recording one interception for 32 yards, nine kick returns for 232 yards, 12 punt returns for 283 yards, 40 solo tackles and 15 assisted, seven passes broken up, one forced fumble and two touchdowns.


Jackson attended Perry Central High School (New Augusta, MS) where he also participated in baseball, track & field and power lifting.