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.
The Saints Men’s Hockey program recently announced forward Colin Minardi (Summerland, B.C.) has committed to join the team for the remainder of the 2012/13 BCIHL season.Minardi has transferred to Selkirk from Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan, where he spent the first half of the season playing NCAA Division III hockey for the Lions.The 21-year old played nine games during the fall semester, picking up five assists and 19 penalty minutes. “Colin is a skilled and versatile forward who can play either at centre or on the wing,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”Like any player who joins midway through the season he’s going to have to earn his opportunities, but he has all the tools to be an impact player for us both this year and in future seasons.” Prior to his time at Finlandia, Minardi spent three seasons in the KIJHL with the North Okanagan Knights and Summerland Steam. He picked up 46 goals and 63 assists in 122 regular season games, including 30 points in 24 games as the Steam’s captain last season. At the trade deadline he was dealt to the VIJHL’s Victoria Cougars, where he added 17 points and helped the team to a league championship. “I’m looking forward to playing for Selkirk while furthering my education,” said Minardi, who describes himself as a strong two-way player.”I’ve heard great things about Coach Dubois and the guys on the team; it sounds like they are all hard working and that’s big for me. I enjoy working hard and being pushed by my teammates to be better. Plus the team’s record speaks for itself.” The 12-0 Saints next home game is scheduled for Saturday, January 12 when second place Simon Fraser University visits the Castlegar Recreation Complex.Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. It’s not like the Selkirk Saints are a struggling hockey team needing help to right the ship.But the undefeated B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League is still getting help, thank you very much.