Meet Ravens Rookie CB Asa Jackson

OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 13: Asa Jackson #25 of the Baltimore Ravens speaks to the media after a practice during the Baltimore Ravens minicamp on May 13, 2012 in Owings Mills, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Baltimore Ravens selected CB Asa Jackson in the fifth round (169th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. How Jackson lasted to this point without being selected by another team bears wondering, especially after checking out his college career resume.

Here are his college honors:

• Second-team All-American by The NFL Draft Report (2010-11) and Phil Steele (2011)
• Third-team All-American by the Associated Press (2011) and the Sports Network (2010)
• First-team All-Great West Conference (2009-11)
• Buck Buchanan Award watch list as the top FCS defensive performer (2011)
• Great West Conference Freshman Player of the Year (2008)

Click on the 'Jump' to read more about his excellent collegiate career and you will see a guy who should stick with this team and develop into a nice nickel or dime package guy and perhaps one day a starting NFL cornerback.

• Finished his Cal Poly career with 43 games played (42 starts), producing 199 total tackles (137 solo), 8 INTs (307 return
yards and 3 TDs), 40 PD, 3 FFs and 1 sack (-6 yards)
• His 307 INT return yards rank first in school history (Kenny Chicione, 285) and were tops among all active FCS players
when he completed his senior season
• His 3 INT-TD returns tied a Cal Poly record (David Fullerton), while his 100-yard return score tied (Ross Bauer, 1968) for the
longest such play in school history
• His 40 PD set school and Great West Conference career records and rank 16th on the FCS all-time chart
• Posted 38 punt returns for 559 yards to produce a school-record 14.7-yard career average, which was the highest mark
among active FCS players upon completing his senior campaign...Also posted a 25.1 kickoff return average (15 for 377)
• As a "boundary" corner, he never allowed a TD reception while in man coverage, with opponents averaging just 3.2 yards per passes attempted in his direction from 2009-11

2011: (10/10) All-American second-team honoree by The NFL Draft Report and Phil Steele, adding third-team honors from the Associated Press...Was named Cal Poly’s Defensive MVP, also earning All-Great West Conference first-team honors by posting 54 tackles (31 solo), 2 INTs and 11 PD...Gained 152 INT return yards, with both thefts producing TDs…Returned 14 kickoffs for 361 yards (25.8 avg.) and 8 punts for 144 yards (18.0 avg.)…Was rated among the top 10 DBs in the FCS by the Sports Network and as one of the 10 best non-FBS players in the nation by 50 passes targeted in his area, allowing just 15 completions (30.0%) for 132 yards (8.8 yards per completion/2.6 yards per attempt) and 6 first downs…Delivered 16 hits inside the red zone, including 8 tackles on goal-line plays…Registered 19 plays against the running game, as he was credited with a pair of TD-saving tackles on long runs, making 2 of his hits on third down • His 100-yard INT-TD vs. South Dakota State tied a Cal Poly record (Ross Bauer, 1968), helping him earn conference Defensive Player of the Week honors • Posted a 52-yard INT-TD against Central Oklahoma, adding 6 total tackles (5 solo) in a 44-25 victory.

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