Who is Dan Jackson?

Georgia fans were introduced to a lesser-known walk-on safety during Saturday's G-Day game. Get to know safety Dan Jackson.
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Six-foot-1, 190 pounds. 

Those numbers are the calling card for a Kirby Smart defensive back. The right height, the right weight, and combine that with sub 4.4 40 time, and those are the makings for a good defensive back, right? Well, maybe. 

Those are the figures for a relatively unknown Georgia Football player from North Hall High School, redshirt sophomore "Dirty" Dan Jackson. Until G-Day, most people outside of the Hall County, Ga., area had likely never heard of the man. He was a walk-on at UGA and was buried on the depth chart. 

On G-Day, he was battling for the safety spot with the second team, and his first introduction was not a good one, as he was run over by tight end Darnell Washington. Then again, who can fault him for not making the tackle on a 280-pound freight train like Washington? 

Still, Jackson proved he wasn't afraid to take on the biggest and strongest the SEC had to offer, even if he ended up on his face in the process. He'd lose a similar fight to running back Kendall Milton later in the game.

But a couple drives in, Jackson found his footing, and he lit up the Twitterverse when he tracked down a ball thrown by Carson Beck. Intercepting a pass from Georgia's No. 2 quarterback was impressive, but beyond that, Jackson was flashy during his time on the field. He even managed to bring down Amarius Mims on a 2-point try later in the game. 

While it is unlikely that Jackson sees any meaningful playing time during the 2021 season, he certainly made a name for himself on G-Day. There's just too much talent on defense at Georgia, but in an area where Georgia Football is a little limited, Jackson does provide depth. And he's not too bad at doing just that.

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