William Jackson III
William  Jackson III


Houston, Texas

High School:

Last College:
Trinity Valley CC

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 195


• 2016 Reese's Senior Bowl Invitee
• 2015 SI's All-Bowl Team
• 2015 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Defensive MVP
• 2015 Phil Steele's AAC First Team
• 2015 The American Athletic Conference's Second Team

• American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 28, 2015)
• 2015 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List
• 2015 Nagurski Trophy Watch List
• 2015 Bednarik Award Watch List
• 2015 Athlon Sports Preseason AAC First Team
• 2015 Phil Steele's Preseason All-American Third Team
• 2015 Phil Steele's Preseason AAC First Team
• 2014 American Athletic Conference Second Team

• 2013 American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 30)

2015: Started 12 games while appearing in 13 at cornerback ... led the nation and set a Houston single-season record with 23 pass breakups ... also led the nation in passes defended with 28, finishing 20th with five interceptions ... finished his career third on the UH career passes broken up chart with 40 despite only playing three seasons ... named the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Defensive MVP after recording a career-high 10 tackles, two interceptions and two pass breakups in Houston’s win over Florida State ... set a Houston single game record with seven pass breakups in the American Athletic Conference Championship game, while also setting a Houston single season record for pass breakups with 23 ... also tallied five tackles including one for a six-yard loss against the Owls ... tallied three tackles at UConn ... had four tackles and a 0.5 tackle for a loss of two yards in win over Cincinnati ... recorded an interception and ran it back for a 55-yard pick six in win over Vanderbilt ... also had a PBU and a tackle vs. Commodores ... had an interception, four tackles and a PBU in win at UCF ... notched a career-high four pass breakups in win at Tulane ... had two pass breakups and three tackles in win over SMU ... totaled four tackles and three pass breakups in win at Tulsa ... recorded his second pick six of his career, folllowing an interception returm of 35 yards, while also tallying two tackles and a fumble recovery in win over Texas State ... collected a pair of pass breakups and a tackle while starting the season opening game at cornerback against Tennessee Tech.

2014: Considered the `lockdown corner' for the Cougars ... appeared in all 13 games in the 2014 season, making 12 starts at corner ... was second in the league with 10 breakups ... had two interceptions ... tallied 37 tackles, one fumble recovery and a forced fumble ... registered one tackle in Houston's Armed Forces Bowl win ... racked up four tackles and two pass breakups at Cincinnati ... tallied four tackles and a half tackle for loss in win over Tulsa ... had five tackles and two pass breakups vs. Tulane ... recorded an interception in win over Temple ... forced and recovered a fumble at Memphis to accompany five tackles ... was man-to-man on UNLV's top receiver, holding him one reception for no gain ... also tallied three tackles and a pass breakup ... had an interception vs. Grambling ... started the 2014 season opener vs. UTSA ... finished with seven tackles ... one of the seven tackles was for a loss of three yards.

2013: Part of Houston's cornerback group ... played in all 13 games with four starts in the second half of the season ... second on the team with seven pass breakups ... had six tackles at UTSA and also returned his lone interception of the year 96 yards for a touchdown and forced a fumble that was recovered by Houston in the same game ... named The American Athletic Conference's Defensive Player of the Week following his performance at UTSA ... had a career-best two breakups vs. Cincinnati ... recovered his first career fumble vs. Vanderbilt in the BBVA Compass Bowl.

High School: A two-time All-District 22-4A selection on both sides of the football at Wheatley, including twice being named a First Team selection at defensive back ... recorded 20 receptions for 357 yards and four touchdowns as a senior while averaging nearly 18 yards per catch for Head Coach Cornelius McFarland and the Wildcats ... had two interceptions despite opponents routinely throwing away from his side of the field his senior campaign ... collected 15 receptions for 269 yards and six TDs as a junior as he hauled in four interceptions to help lead Wheatley to the District 22-4A title in 2010.

Personal: Son of Vanessa Hailey ... lists riding horses as his favorite hobby ... majoring in sociology.

William Jackson's Career Bests
7, UTSA (2014)
1, 5x, last vs. Vanderbilt (2015)
Tackles for Loss:
1, UTSA (2014)
Forced Fumbles:
1, twice, last at Memphis (2014)
Fumbles Recovered:
1, at Memphis (2014)
4, at Tulane (2015)
TD (INT return): 1, Vanderbilt (2015)

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