Austin Jackson drafted by Miami Dolphins at 18th overall

first_imgJackson was the Dolphins’ second first-round pick of this draft, and his assignment will be to protect their first: former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, a 2017 national champion, who was selected at No. 5 overall by Miami. Jackson was the fifth offensive lineman selected in this year’s draft. “Beyond blessed that the Miami Dolphins took this bet on me,” Jackson said via Instagram. “I’m excited to get to work and prove them right.” Jackson appeared in all 39 games of his USC career, starting every game in his sophomore and junior years. He was named Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against Stanford in Week 2 of the 2019 season and made the 2019 All-Pac-12 First Team. Coming out of North Canyon High School in Phoenix, Jackson was the No. 35 overall recruit in the Class of 2017 as a four-star. Offensive tackle Austin Jackson was selected 18th overall by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the NFL Draft. (Sarah Ko / Daily Trojan) “I’m excited to get down there and meet up with a great group of guys and start working and see where this thing takes us,” Jackson said in a video posted to the Dolphins’ Twitter. Jackson’s first round selection should come as no surprise, as he was projected to be chosen on day one of the draft by many NFL analysts. While Jackson will likely be the only USC player selected Thursday, he is expected to join wide receiver and fellow Trojan Michael Pittman Jr. as 2020 draftees. Linebacker John Houston Jr., defensive lineman Christian Rector and offensive tackle Drew Richmond are also projected as potential late-round selections. Former Trojan Austin Jackson has found his NFL home, as the offensive tackle was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 18th overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night. Jackson became the 82nd first-round draft pick from USC of all time, the second most of any university behind Ohio State. The two schools entered the evening tied at 81, but the Buckeyes jumped in front when defensive end Chase Young and cornerback Jeff Okudah were drafted No. 2 and No. 3 overall, respectively.  “It’s no pressure at all,” Jackson said of protecting a franchise quarterback in Tagovailoa. “I’m glad I’m with a great team and a team that believes in me, and I’m just really excited to get out there with the guys and build something special.” As the youngest tackle in his draft class, Jackson will have room to grow with a Dolphins team that struggled to a 5-11 finish in 2019 — last place in the AFC East. Miami’s offense finished with the sixth-fewest total yards per game last season, including the fewest rushing yards per game with just 72.3 and the eighth-fewest points per game with 19.1. last_img read more

DISAPPOINTMENT FOR DONEGAL ATHLETES AT EURO TEAM CHAMPS

first_imgIreland finished in tenth place of twelve at the European Team Championships in Izmir Turkey with 224.5 points, ahead of Slovenia with 200.5 points, securing a place in the First League for 2013 when Athletics Ireland hopes to host the event.Fionnuala Britton (Kilcoole AC) produced the top individual performance of the championships, continuing her excellent form of late, finishing second in the 5000m in 15:37.78. The race was won by Alemitu Bekele in 15:37.15. The talented U23 athlete, Kourosh Foroughi (Star of the Sea), produced the best of the field events finishing third in the high jump with a leap of 2.15m. The 400m hurdlers also produced some exciting performances with Jessie Barr (Ferrybank AC) smashing her personal best of 58.19, finishing fifth in 57.21 and setting a new Irish U23 record. This time was also inside the qualification standard for the World University Games and the European U23 championships (which she had already achieved). Timmy Crowe (Dooneen AC) also put in an impressive run achieving the European U23 Championships standard in the men’s event in a personal best of 51.59 to finish fourth. The women’s 4×400m team of Joanne Cuddihy (Kilkenny City Harriers), Marian Heffernan (Togher AC), Clare Bergin (Dundrum South Dublin) and Michelle Carey (Dublin City Striders) finished second in 3:31.25. The team were unfortunate not to be drawn in the heat with eventually winner’s Turkey as their time of 3:29.40 could have potentially assisted the team in breaking the Irish record of 3.30.11.Jason Smyth (City of Derry AC), who recently set a personal best of 10.22, put in a solid performance to finish fourth in 10.44, with Amy Foster (North Down AC) also finishing in fourth place in 10.60. Foster went on to run a personal best of 23.58 in the 200m, finishing in sixth place. Paul Hession (Athenry AC) in finishing fifth in the men’s event produced a seasonal best of 20.65 David Gillick (Dundrum South Dublin) failed to improve on his seasonal best of 46.64 from the New York Diamond League finishing in seventh place in 46.95. Michelle Carey (Dublin Striders AC) who switched from her usual 400m hurdles to the 400m flat, was just off her seasonal best finishing eighth in 53.49.In the Sprint hurdles, European Silver Medallist, Derval O’Rourke (Leevale AC) ran a solid season opener of 13.11 to finish in fourth place. Her training partner Ian McDonald (Crusaders AC) had to withdraw from the Men’s 110m Hurdles due to injury. Gordon Kennedy (Tullamore AC) stepped up to ensure that Ireland gained points from the event.Roseanne Galligan (Newbridge AC) finished seventh in 2.05.57 in the 800m. In the men’s event Darren McBrearty (Letterkenny AC) finished ninth in 1:52.31 in a very physical race that saw McBrearty bumped as the athletes came into the home straight. In the 1500m, Rory Chesser was fifth in 4.02.46 while in her European Team Championships debut, Ciara Mageean (City of Lisburn) produced a gutsy performance and competed well to finish fourth in the 1500m in 4:27.20. In the 3000m former European Indoor Bronze Medallist Mary Cullen (North Sligo AC) was off her best running 9.17.53 to place sixth. In the women’s 3000m steeplechase Stephanie O’Reilly (Sli Cualann AC), was off her personal best that she set last week in the NY Diamond league but her time of 9.53.79 secured a fourth place for the team. David Flynn who has already achieved the U23 qualification standard finished eighth in the 3000m steeplechase in 9:06.94.Irish Pole Vault Record Holder, Tori Pena (Finn Valley AC) was below her best, with a jump of 3.80m finishing sixth. While, Brian McGovern (Ballinamore AC) unfortunately failed to record a jump in the men’s event. Deirdre Ryan finished seventh in the women’s high jump with a best of 1,85m. The Men’s 4×100m team produced a good performance to finish third in 39.61. The team was Jason Smyth, Chris Russell, Stephen Colvert and Paul Hession. The Irish women’s World Championships bound 4×100m team of Amy Foster (North Down AC), Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank AC), Claire Brady (Celbridge AC) and Derval O’Rourke (Leevale AC) dropped the baton on the first change over. The men’s team ran 3:06.76 to finish fifth.DISAPPOINTMENT FOR DONEGAL ATHLETES AT EURO TEAM CHAMPS was last modified: June 19th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal athleticslast_img read more