Jonathan Jackson became one of OU’s most productive pass rushers in the Bob Stoops era.
We’re down to 49 days until the Oklahoma Sooners‘ season opener against UTEP, so today we chose to spotlight a former defensive star who wore No. 49 — the explosive pass rusher Jonathan Jackson.
Jackson was a beast on the defensive line on the opposite side of fellow standout Dan Cody in his final two seasons in 2003 and ’04. The Sooners’ unit on the defensive line was one of the most consistent and productive during those early seasons under Bob Stoops.
Jackson in his four seasons at Oklahoma, was known for his ability to wreak havoc in the pass rush and led the team in quarterback hurries in his final two seasons. He, along with the All-American Cody, were instrumental in OU’s unbeaten regular season and run to the BCS National Championship Game in 2004. Given the secondary’s struggles that season and throwing out the result of the 2005 Orange Bowl (which is, I guess for the sake of irony, technically true) Jackson, Cody and defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek led one of the nation’s best and most relentless units up front that season. …read more