LSU already claims to be home of “DBU.” This season, it looks like it’s also home to college football’s fastest player.
Junior CB Donte Jackson has been given that mantle by several people across the country, including Bleacher Report columnist David Kenyon in March, citing Jackson’s 60-meter dash speed (6.63).
Former Tiger and current SEC Network analyst Booger McFarland spoke with Jackson, who’s also on LSU’s track team, whether he concurs with his teammates’ assertion that no one is faster on the gridiron.
“I agree 100 percent with that,” Jackson told McFarland. “I know I play corner, so that means they call me the fastest man in college football, that means I can’t get beat, I can’t get ran by, I can’t get beat in the open field, so I understand that puts a huge target on my back.”
Jackson has participated in three career 60-meter finals, placing third (2016 LSU Twilight), second (2017 New Mexico Classic) and eighth (2017 SEC Championships). He claims his fastest 100-meter time is 10.26, and his fastest 40-yard dash is 4.24.
“Track has always been a passion of mine,” Jackson said. “It was great for me to get a chance to fulfill my dreams here at LSU, such a great track school.”
Aside from his ridiculous ability to burn rubber, Jackson has astounding hops, as seen this video posted on Twitter, showing the box was an inch or two above his head.
— Eric Donoval (@edonoval) March 6, 2017
Jackson finished last season with 2 interceptions, showcasing his speed on the first against Jacksonville State and his leaping ability on the second against Ole Miss.
— Cody Worsham (@CodyWorsham) September 11, 2016
— Christian Boutwell (@_CBoutwell) October 23, 2016
Aside from those picks, Jackson added 8 passes broken up and 39 tackles last season. He also returned seven kickoffs for 164 yards (23.4 yards per return).