Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2018)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017; Spring 2017, 2019)
2019 Season Outlook
Sophomore Damian Jackson will head into the 2019 season looking to provide depth at defensive end. He has also worked as long snapper and could push for action on the Huskers’ special teams. Jackson joined the Huskers in 2017 after earning a spot through a winter walk-on tryout.
Jackson will likely play his biggest role as a leader within the program. The 6-2, 275-pound Jackson did not play football in high school, and spent four years serving with the Navy SEALs after graduation. At age 27, Jackson provides a mature and respected voice for the Huskers in the locker room and weight room.
In the classroom, Jackson was an Academic All-Big Ten pick in 2018, and he is a three-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.
2018 (Redshirt Freshman)
Jackson played in one game as a redshirt freshman, making his career debut on the defensive line in the Huskers' win over Bethune-Cookman. Although he only saw action in one game, Jackson was also a member of Nebraska's travel roster for the Huskers' trips to Wisconsin, Ohio State and Iowa.
Jackson sat out his first season as a redshirt.
Jackson served as a member of the Navy SEALs for four years after graduating from Shadow Ridge High School in Las Vegas, Nev., in 2010. He was not a member of the football team in high school, but did participate in baseball and soccer. He hit .316 as a senior on the baseball team at Shadow Ridge.
Damian is the son of Bridgette Saenz, and he was born on July 22, 1992. Jackson is majoring in child, youth and family studies. He has volunteered with the Nebraska Football Road Race and local hospital visits.