Alabama defensive back Eddie Jackson (4) returns a punt for a 79-yard touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016, in Knoxville, Tenn. Alabama won 49-10. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
Wade Payne
October 22, 2016

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama coach Nick Saban says star safety Eddie Jackson is out for the season with a fractured leg.

Jackson didn't return to the top-ranked Crimson Tide's 33-14 win Saturday over No. 6 Texas A&M following a fourth-quarter punt return.

Fans chanted ''Eddie'' as Jackson was taken into the locker room on a cart moments after the Tide scored its final touchdown.

Jackson was one of the Tide's defensive leaders and a playmaker on both defense and special teams. He has scored touchdowns on two punt returns and an interception return this season.

Saban says Jackson is an All-American safety ''in my book and we're certainly going to miss him.''

Jackson's 17-yard return into Texas A&M territory had set up the final touchdown.

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