Three-year starter Shawn Jackson leads linebacker corps
Tulsa looks to defend title in 2013
Shawn Jackson and Demarco Nelson are the only Conference USA players named
Hurricane represented by three on offense and two on defense
The senior linebacker enters 2013 season just shy of all-time sack and TFL records
Tulsa - A three-year letterwinner and starter . . . signed with Tulsa in February 2009, but gray-shirted that season . . . enrolled in January 2010 . . . named to the preseason watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy . . . named a 2013 preseason all-Conference USA selection by the league's coaches . . . a three-time Conference USA honorable mention selection . . . has played in 37 career games and has 34 starts . . . collected 277 tackles, 37 stops for -162 yards, 18 sacks for -113 yards, 12 pass break-ups, six forced fumbles and four interceptions in his career . . . has three career defensive TDs . . . has eight career double-figure tackle games . . . needs two more sacks to tie the school record of 20 held by Dennis Byrd (1985-88) and Sedrick Clark (1992-95) . . . also needs three more TFLs to tie Don Blackmon (1976-80) and Sam Rayburn (1999-2002) for the school record of 40 stops for lost yardage . . . 2012 - Played and started 11 games . . . missed the first three games of the season . . . was credited with 88 tackles, 10.5 stops for -36 yards, five sacks for -25 yards, five pass break-ups and three forced fumbles . . . ranked fourth in C-USA for forced fumbles and 13th for tackles . . . had three double-digit tackle games . . . was named the Defensive MVP of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl after recording nine tackles, two sacks for -8 yards and one forced fumble . . . ranked third on the team for tackles in just 11 games played . . . made his first game appearance against Fresno State and had 11 tackles and forced one fumble . . . had a career-best 16 tackles at Marshall, including 2.5 stops for -6 yards . . . had five stops and one forced fumble against UCF in the C-USA Championship game . . . totaled five tackles, one TFL for -1 yard and one PBU at SMU . . . had 10 tackles vs. UCF . . . compiled eight stops and one pass break-up at Houston . . . had seven tackles and one sack for -6 yards at Arkansas . . . tallied six stops and one pass break-up vs. Rice . . . had four stops, two pass break-ups and a 17-yard fumble return for a TD against UTEP . . . totaled seven stops, including three TFLs for -12 yards vs. UAB . . . 2011 - Played and started all 13 games . . . ranked second on the team with 101 tackles and had 11 stops for -52 yards, five pass break-ups, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery . . . has four double-figure tackle games . . . earned honorable mention all-C-USA honors . . . totaled nine tackles, three stops for -20 yards and one pass-break-up against BYU in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl . . . compiled 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks for -14 yards against #7 Houston . . . had six tackles and a 34-yard interception return for a touchdown at UTEP . . . totaled nine tackles, three stops for -7 yards and one pass break-up against Marshall, while earning C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors . . . totaled 11 tackles, including 10 solos and one sack for -8 yards against North Texas . . . registered 10 tackles, including nine solos, and added an interception for an 11-yard return against #7 Oklahoma State . . . had 12 tackles at #1 Oklahoma in the season opener . . . 2010 - Played in all 13 games, and started 10 contests . . . earned C-USA all-freshman team honors and was an honorable mention all-C-USA selection . . . earned Phil Steele's magazine Freshman All-America second team honors, while earning honorable mention accolades by Collegefootballnews.com . . . was in the starting lineup against Bowling Green, Oklahoma State, Central Arkansas, Tulane, Notre Dame, Rice, Houston, UTEP, Southern Miss and Hawai'i games . . . ranked second on the team with 88 tackles and led the team in tackles for lost yardage and quarterback sacks . . . had 15.5 tackles for -74 yards and 8.5 sacks for -55 yards, while also adding two interceptions . . . totaled eight tackles and three sacks for -18 yards at Hawai'i . . . had nine tackles, one stop for -2 yards and one forced fumble against Southern Miss . . . collected eight tackles, three stops for -10 yards and one pass break-up against UTEP . . . had nine tackles, one pass break-up and one forced fumble against Rice . . . tallied six stops, one tackle for -7 yards, two quarterback hurries and a 66-yard interception return for a touchdown at Notre Dame . . . was named the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Notre Dame . . . registered eight tackles, 2.5 stops for -18 yards and 1.5 sacks for -13 yards against Tulane . . . compiled eight stops and one tackle for -3 yards at Oklahoma State . . . had eight tackles, 2.5 stops for -12 yards and one interception in his first career start against Bowling Green . . . Overall - Possesses good size and athleticism . . . an explosive and consistent player . . . has a knack for making big plays . . . a big hitter . . . an explosive hitter.
High School - Played quarterback and linebacker at McLain High School . . . was a three-time first-team all-metro selection by the Tulsa World . . . accounted for 8,422 total yards and 95 touchdowns in his career, while totaling 522 career tackles . . . rated as the No. 25 prospect in the state of Oklahoma by Rivals.com . . . received a three-star rating by Rivals.com . . . earned first-team Tulsa World all-state accolades as a senior . . . was also named a second-team all-state selection by The Oklahoman . . . rushed for 2,224 yards and 28 TDs, while passing for 1,112 yards in his senior season . . . collected 133 tackles, three sacks and three fumble recoveries as a senior.
Personal - Favorite movie is Paid In Full . . . his favorite sports movie is Friday Night Lights . . . favorite NFL team is the San Francisco 49ers and Patrick Willis is his favorite NFL player . . . favorite TV show is "Pawn Stars" . . . Kevin Durant is his favorite professional athlete . . . the one word he uses to best describe himself is "simple" . . .the best summer job he's had is working on an oil rig . . . father is Prentiss Elliott . . . mother is Shonda Cato, and stepfather is Larry Cato . . . majoring in organizational studies . . . born July 6, 1990.
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