Jackson 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.
Man … rain.The radar is “promising” though according to @bobpockrass so we’ll be fine. #NASCARonFS1 leaderboard: https://t.co/3nJUZYfJbp pic.twitter.com/ovUqQuvU5l— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 10, 20193:14 p.m.: Here we go!The first green flag of 2019! #AdvanceAutoClash | @DISupdates pic.twitter.com/XTN3M2WkSs— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 10, 20193:04 p.m.: The engines have started.It’s almost time for the command! #AdvanceAutoClash pic.twitter.com/P9OXCA1Ccp— Daytona International Speedway (@DISupdates) February 10, 20192:32 p.m.: A few last jokes just 30 minutes before their season starts!We have no idea what #PaulMenard was saying but it sure made @joeylogano and @JimmieJohnson laugh! #AdvanceAutoClash pic.twitter.com/yjDdooiiV3— Daytona International Speedway (@DISupdates) February 10, 2019 Rain brought the Clash to a halt twice, forcing drivers to become even more aggressive in the final restart with reports of approaching heavier rainfall. As the precipitation picked up and officials looked ready to call the race, Johnson attempted to pass on the lower side of Menard. Johnson’s 48-car made contact with Menard, spinning the lead car into the field behind him and taking out nearly the entire field.After just a few minutes of driving under the caution, NASCAR officials called the race, and Johnson walked, rather than drove, into Victory Lane. The victory was Johnson’s first since his 2017 win at Dover. Kurt Busch and Joey Logano finished second and third.Top 5: 1. Jimmie Johnson; 2. Kurt Busch; 3. Joey Logano; 4. Ryan Blaney; 5. Alex BowmanNASCAR at Daytona: Race results, highlights from The ClashCaution flags: 4Lead changes: 4Lap leaders: Paul Menard (52), Jimmie Johnson (4), Austin Dillon (3), Kyle Busch (1)The green flag is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET. Live updates will begin at that time.5:10 p.m.: Johnson explains his wreck-inducing move:.@JimmieJohnson shares his view of that incident with Paul Menard. pic.twitter.com/88cTXE9mnt— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 10, 20195:07 p.m. The race is over. Jimmie Johnson is declared the winner after 59 laps. It’s the first time in his last eight Clash races that he has finished.It’s over. Jimmie Johnson wins The Clash. pic.twitter.com/Rtb8pjU75W— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 10, 20195:06 p.m. Red flag is out for more rain. Menard appears done.What happened from Paul Menard’s view?”Jimmie does that a lot at these tracks, so that’s unfortunate.” pic.twitter.com/FaZlqVhsP5— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 10, 20195:00 p.m.: Still sorting out wreck details. Johnson initiated the crash by clipping the back of Menard.Absolute CARNAGE in the #AdvanceAutoClash NASCAR race this morning! 🏎🔥 Courtesy: @NASCAR pic.twitter.com/7aas8fdyEE— Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) February 10, 20194:56 p.m.: Huge wreck as 14 of the 20 cars are damaged. Caution out. A clash indeed.BIG WRECK! pic.twitter.com/CvFiXJUbLd— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 10, 20194:49 p.m.: Back under green. Medard first, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch and Hamlin round out the top five.Is today the day for Paul Menard?He handles the restart once again! pic.twitter.com/t51ZI4sQQw— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 10, 20194:47 p.m.: Analysts on FS1 say next batch of rain is much heavier, and this could very well be the final restart of the day.4:41 p.m.: Cars are rolling again. Back to yellow flag with Menard still in 1st with 30 laps remaining.Cars are headed back to the track as drying continues. @DISupdates | @FS1 pic.twitter.com/HX7S7JqSlj— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 10, 20194:35 p.m.: Weather update: More rain for the next few hours.4:35 PM ET update: Slight easing of rain @DISupdates but still under red flag. However, more rain behind this break. Working w/ @NASCAR_WXMAN monitoring #NASCAR #AdvanceAutoClash pic.twitter.com/w2UkCuPYbh— Aaron Studwell (@RaceWeather) February 10, 20194:31 p.m.: Rain has picked up. The red flag is out for the second time today.We’re back under the red flag with cars on pit road.Stay tuned for the latest on @FS1 . pic.twitter.com/qNmxJiobQC— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 10, 20194:24 p.m.: Mother Nature forces the race’s third caution.It’s raining once again… Caution’s out at @DISupdates . #SHRacing | #AdvanceAutoClash pic.twitter.com/MANyYnMgd2— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) February 10, 20194:22 p.m.: Halfway! 38 down, 37 to go. Race is official, regardless of any impending rain at this point.4:17 p.m.: Menard retakes the lead as the green flag drops. Hamlin in second.#PaulMenard leads the field through the #GEICORestartZone ! @GEICO | #AdvanceAutoClash pic.twitter.com/Q2PgVgKxFp— Daytona International Speedway (@DISupdates) February 10, 20194:08 p.m.: Austin Dillon takes the lead.Pit road just got VERY busy. Wow. 😳Austin Dillon leads (did not pit) as caution comes out for the segment break.Full leaderboard: https://t.co/ECSCHiClck pic.twitter.com/wMjMsh6x4i— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 10, 20194:06 p.m.: Aric Almirola has been penalized for speeding. Daniel Suarez penalized for crew over the wall too soon.4:04 p.m.: All but five drivers pitted.And it’s all but five cars hitting pit road! #AdvanceAutoClash | @DISupdates pic.twitter.com/bMP3RdjXOs— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 10, 20194:03 p.m.: The Lap 25 competitive caution is out. Menard leads with Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano in second and third.3:53 p.m.: Full speed ahead. Back to green.Back to green! pic.twitter.com/Qe4nE7Fn9Q— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) February 10, 20193:51 p.m.: Yellow caution is out as drivers have returned.3:44 p.m.: Track is dried, helmets on, drivers back to their cars.Make one last run to the fridge.Drivers are headed back to their cars on @FS1 ! pic.twitter.com/yLpSmGw28G— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 10, 2019 3:29 p.m.: The red flag is out, but the skies look “promising.”Light sprinkles @DISupdates brings out the caution. Rain showers are forecast thru afternoon & agree with @mikejoy500 – hoping for a brief caution – Working with @NASCAR_WXMAN #AdvanceAutoClash pic.twitter.com/dZdacmnYXS— Aaron Studwell (@RaceWeather) February 10, 20193:21 p.m.: Rain brings the first caution after just nine laps. Paul Menard led almost the entire race, but a combination of Mother Nature and an agressive move by Jimmie Johnson spelled a disappointing finish for Menard as it was Johnson who was declared the winner in a rain-shortened Advance Auto Care Clash.The win marked a great day for Hendrick Motorsports, which picked up the Clash victory in addition to claiming the Daytona 500 pole position earlier in the day with Alex Bowman.