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Ohio State Football 2018 Freshman Report: DT Antwuan Jackson

Antwuan Jackson Ohio State Football Buckeyes

[This is the second in a series where The-Ozone looks back on each member of the 2018 signing class and the impact they had this past season, as well as the impact they could have this coming season.]

First off, let’s acknowledge that Antwuan Jackson was not a freshman this past season, which makes this series unfortunately titled for just this one instance.

As a junior college transfer, Jackson arrived at OSU one year ago as a redshirt sophomore from Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. He spent one season at Auburn and transferred to Blinn where he was a first-team junior college All-American in 2017 with 70 tackles, 9.0 sacks and 10.0 tackles for loss.

Jackson was one of three defensive tackles signed in OSU’s 2018 recruiting class.

The 2018 Season

Jackson enrolled early, but showed up at Ohio State with a broken foot. This injury put him at a disadvantage during winter workouts and slowed him down throughout the spring. In a very deep group of defensive tackles, Jackson found playing time difficult to come by.

Jackson played in just four games, notching just one tackle on the season. He did not play in any of Ohio State’s final seven games, and just once in any of their last 10.

One of Jackson’s more notable plays came against Oregon State to open the season. On the Beavers’ first play from scrimmage in the second half, running back Artavis Pierce took a hand-off and went over the right side of the line, where Jackson read the play perfectly and was waiting in the hole for him.

Unfortunately for Jackson, Pierce broke the tackle and skated the next 80 yards for a touchdown.

Jackson wouldn’t see much more action after the early part of the schedule.

So Now What?

According to Larry Johnson, Jackson is a versatile interior defender.

“He can play nose and he can play the 3-technique,” Johnson said last spring. “He has got good pass-rush skills for a big guy and that is what we kind of want. It will be interesting to see how he comes out in fall.”

Whether he lines up at nose tackle or three tech is probably still to be determined.

With Robert Landers, Davon Hamilton, and Tommy Togiai already at nose tackle, perhaps the three tech will be where he begins. Of course, even though Dre’Mont Jones is gone, there is still Taron Vincent and Haskell Garrett to deal with.

Last year was understandably slow for Jackson, but now that he is in his second year in the program, he will be expected to produce well enough to play regardless of the depth chart.

That may or may not happen, but now four years removed from high school, those will be the expectations.

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  1. Way back during his recruiting cycle I wanted him in the worst way to become a Buckeye. It will be interesting to see how he comes out of winter conditioning and into spring ball. Can’t forget he’s had only JUCO mentoring (Auburn has scrubs for coaches). With a solid and healthy year under LJ we should start to see his enormous potential.

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