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Cornerback Asa Jackson Named Third-Team All-American by Associated Press

Cornerback Asa Jackson Named Third-Team All-American by Associated Press

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Senior cornerback Asa Jackson has been selected to the Associated Press Football Championship Subdivision All-American third team, the first Mustang honored by the news agency in three years.

Named Cal Poly's most valuable defensive player last week, Jackson landed a spot on College Sports Madness' All-American second team earlier this week.

Jackson (5-11, 190, Sacramento, Calif./Christian Brothers HS) earned Great West Freshman Player of the Year honors in 2008 and is the third Mustang to earn all-conference first-team honors four times and the first player in the history of the league to be honored four times on the first-team defense.

The other four-time all-conference first-team Mustangs were offensive lineman Stephen Field and wide receiver Ramses Barden, both from 2005-08.

A preseason Buck Buchanan Award candidate, Jackson notched 199 tackles in four seasons with the Mustangs along with eight interceptions (two in each season) and 32 pass breakups. In his senior campaign, Jackson had 54 tackles (31 solo) with two interceptions, both returned for touchdowns (52 and 100 yards), and seven pass breakups.

Jackson also was among the nation's leaders in punt returns this fall, averaging 18.0 yards on eight returns with a long of 41 yards. He returned a theft against South Dakota State 47 yards for a touchdown in 2009 and now owns the school Division I record with his three interception returns for touchdowns. His 14.7 career punt return average is an all-time school mark.

On Wednesday, Jackson was one of 10 Mustangs selected to the All-Time Great West Conference Team. In addition, former Cal Poly head coach Rich Ellerson was named the team's coach.

Cal Poly's most recent Associated Press All-Americans were Barden and Field, both named to the first team in 2008.

Cal Poly posted a 6-5 mark in 2011, its eighth winning season in the last nine years, and claimed its fourth Great West title, more than any other school in the eight-year history of the conference. The Mustangs, who were ranked No. 8 among all 124 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision teams in this week's Jeff Sagarin rankings published in USA Today, move to the Big Sky Conference in 2012.