Football: Raritan Grad Bennett Jackson Drafted by Giants
Notre Dame defensive back Bennett Jackson is coming home.
The Raritan graduate was selected by the New York Giants in the sixth round of Saturday's NFL Draft. The Hazlet native was taken with the 11th pick of the round and the 187th pick overall to become the only Shore Conference graduate drafted this year and the first since Brick Memorial graduate Garrett Graham, a tight end who played at Wisconsin, was taken in the fourth round by the Houston Texans in 2010.
Jackson was a captain for the Fighting Irish as a senior, starting all 13 games at cornerback and finishing fourth on the team with 64 tackles along with five tackles for a loss and a pair of interceptions. Jackson was a two-time, first-team All-Shore selection as a wide receiver at Raritan, where he also was a special teams standout as a returner and kicker. He was Notre Dame's special teams player of the year as a true freshman and switched to defensive back during his career with the Irish, who played in the BCS Championship game against Alabama during his junior season.