The day after he recorded three tackles and one pass breakup in Army’s 31-14 home victory over Rice, sophomore cornerback Brandon Jackson was killed in a single-car accident in Croton, N.Y. He was 20 years old.
Jackson was a second-year starter for the Black Knights. He helped Army defeat Temple and Rice in this season’s first two games to open their schedule 2-0 for the first time since 1996.
An all-conference safety and wide receiver at Holy Cross High School, a U.S. Military Academy Prep School in Flushing, N.Y., Jackson became a West Point cadet and started nine games as a true freshman at Army. Last season he had 62 tackles, two sacks, eight pass breakups and a team-high three interceptions. In his first career start, against Wake Forest on Sept. 19 of last year, Jackson had two interceptions.
“We will honor his life as we mourn the untimely death of a young man who had a promising future as a leader in service to our Nation.” said Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., superintendent of the academy, in a statement. “Brandon internalized our watch words: Duty, Honor, Country.”