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5 to watch: Irish defense
CB #2 Bennett Jackson -- The junior has starred in his first season as a starter, ranking third on the squad in tackles (55) and second to Te'o in both interceptions (4), and passes defended (8) through 11 games. Jackson, who began his Irish career as a wide receiver and kick coverage star, moved to cornerback in the spring of 2011 and now lines up on both the boundary (primarily) and field side cornerback spot pending both the defensive play call and opponent. Jackson's strength is his ability to stuff receivers after the catch, especially after the oft-used "bubble screens" of the modern game. Its relevant to note, however, the 6'0" 185-pound long-armed athlete hasn't allowed a touchdown pass this season in man coverage and was at fault in just one in zone (vs. Purdue at the goal line). Marqise Lee and Robert...
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