Hawkeyes' Jackson breaks out with 3 interceptions

'You know I'm just trying to be humble and just really focus on Wisconsin'

IOWA CITY, Iowa - When you do what Josh Jackson did last week, you get recognized. The Iowa junior cornerback's three-interception performance earned him the Big Ten defensive player of the week and the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week nationally after the Hawkeyes' big blowout victory over Ohio State. 

"You know I'm just trying to be humble and just really focus on Wisconsin," Jackson said. "Now that the week's over, it's not like you can stop after one game, you have to keep going and just really focus on the next game and try to bring the same energy from the last game to this one."

A first-year starter, Jackson's three picks against the Buckeyes pushed his season total to five and tied an Iowa single-game record.

"You've just seen him grow with his role, but you never know where it's going to go and how well a guy will play," Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz said. "And certainly he made three beautiful plays, but he made other good plays in the game, too, you know, so it's a real credit to him."

Linebacker Ben Niemann said Jackson's breakout campaign hasn't come as a surprise.

"Honestly I've seen that from Josh the day he got here," Niemann said. "He's just an unbelievable athlete, you know just freaky athletic, so it was just a matter of time to when he was going to get the technique down."

Mastering his craft has made Jackson one of the best cornerbacks in the Big Ten. He said learning how to be a true competitor since coming to Iowa has helped too.

"It's just really about going out and making the most of your opportunity," Jackson said. "Whether it's a ball in the air or a ball on the ground, you wanna compete to get the ball. And just show great effort and passion in everything you do." 

Jackson and the Iowa defense will have another stiff test this weekend against Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes have had some success defensively against the Badgers in Madison, holding them to 20 points or less in four consecutive games, three of which they've actually won. 

For more Hawkeye football coverage, follow @AdamJRossow and @HawkeyeHQ on Twitter -- and now Facebook -- and Hawkeye Headquarters on OurQuadCities.com all season.


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