A key player in the Irish secondary the past three years ... has been the Irish nickel back the past two years ... earned his third monogram in 2003, starting six games ... has played in 36 games in his career ... has two career interceptions ... will be a key part of the Irish rotation in the secondary ... will continue to be the Irish nickel back in passing situations ... adds doses of toughness and quickness to Irish cornerback crew ... makes up for his lack of size with hustle and drive ... as one of the team's veterans, he has assumed a leadership role.
2003 (SENIOR): Played in all 12 games at cornerback and as a nickel back ... started six games ... made 24 tackles (18 solos), including one tackle for a loss, and intercepted a pass ... started the first four games of the season at right cornerback ... posted six tackles (one for a loss) versus Washington State ... made a career-high eight tackles versus Michigan ... recorded one solo tackle versus Pittsburgh ... made three tackles versus Southern California ... intercepted a pass versus Florida State ... started as the nickel back versus BYU and Stanford ... made two tackles versus Stanford ... played 172:51 on the season.
2002 (JUNIOR): Played in all 13 games as a reserve cornerback in nickel defense packages and on special teams ... started one game ... finished the year with 26 tackles (20 solos) including three for loss (eight yards) and intercepted a pass ... recorded one tackle in each of the first four games ... posted a career-high three tackles versus Stanford ... sealed the victory against Pittsburgh with his first career interception with 1:05 remaining in the game ... recorded three tackles against Florida State ... made his first career start against Rutgers as the team opened in a nickel defense ... tied for the team lead with career-high seven tackles versus Rutgers, including one stop for a loss ... had five tackles against Southern California, including one for a loss ... posted three tackles against North Carolina State in the 2003 Gator Bowl ... played 176:39 and made 141 special teams appearances on the season.
2001 (SOPHOMORE): Played in 11 games, exclusively on special teams ... was credited with three solo tackles on the season ... made his first tackle of the season versus Southern California ... recorded a tackle versus Tennessee ... made 135 special teams appearances on the season.
2000 (FRESHMAN): Did not see game action as rookie defensive back for the Irish in 2000.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Fla. ... as a senior, he made 57 tackles and five interceptions in 1999 ... helped his team to the region finals of the Florida Class 5A state playoffs ... earned three letters in football ... returned a punt and kickoff for touchdowns in 1999 ... two-time all-district selection ... made 41 tackles, seven interceptions and 15 pass breakups as junior in 1998 ... a multi-purpose player who worked at cornerback and safety on defense, and at receiver, punter and holder ... the 1999 team captain ... helped Hillsborough to league titles as a sophomore and a senior ... caught six passes for 80 yards as a junior ... selected for the Florida North-South all-star game and the Hillsborough-Polk County all-star contest ... also played basketball, earning three letters and starting at point guard ... a cousin, Marco Williams, played football at Boston College ... another cousin, Garnell Wilds, played football at Virginia Tech ... full name is Preston Fernell Jackson ... older of two children ... born Sept. 7, 1981, in Miami ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Business, majoring in marketing.
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