Damian Jackson, LB/LS, Buffalo

  • Ht: 6’2″
  • Wt: 255 lbs.
  • Hometown:
    Las Vegas, NV
  • Born: July 22, 1992

Scouting Report: Navy SEAL who walked on at Nebraska having never played football…good athlete in elite physical condition…team leader…accurate snapper with good velocity on his snaps…can play special teams…possesses intangibles of strong work ethic, high character and competitive toughness.

Navy SEAL Takes Unconventional Path

Buffalo Defensive Highlights

Pro Day @ Buffalo (03/16/2023

Nebraska Snapping Practice Film (2021)

Career Summary

Buffalo 2022 (Graduate): named to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society which is comprised of college football players who maintained a cumulative 3.2 or better grade point average throughout their college career…appeared in 13 games and made nine starts at defensive end… had 27 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack… added three quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery… had five tackles and a tackle for loss against Miami (OH) (10/1)… had three tackles against Toledo (10/22)… had three tackles and a half tackle for loss at Ohio (11/1)… had two tackles and a fumble recovery at Central Michigan (11/9)… had a sack against Kent State (11/26)… had five tackles and two quarterback hurries against Georgia Southern (12/27). 

Nebraska 2021 (Senior): played in 11 games in 2021, totaling four tackles…finished with one solo tackle at Illinois and one assisted tackle against Fordham…tied his career high with two tackles against Northwestern, and he had the first quarterback hurry of his career…added another hurry at No. 19 Wisconsin…was the 2021 Armed Forces Merit Award winner presented annually to honor an individual and/or a group with a military background and/or involvement that has an impact within the realm of college football. 

Nebraska 2020 (Junior): a former walk-on, was placed on scholarship for the 2020 season…after making a position switch from the defensive line to outside linebacker, he was a contributor on defense and special teams, playing in each of the final six games…finished the year with five tackles, including a half tackle for loss…made his season debut in the win against Penn State, totaling one tackle on kickoff coverage and one stop on defense… also appeared on special teams against Illinois and Iowa and on defense at Purdue… saw significant snaps on defense against Minnesota, finishing with a career-high-tying two tackles, including his first career tackle for loss…finished his season with a solo tackle on defense at Rutgers. 

Nebraska 2019 (Sophomore): played in two games as a sophomore, appearing on kickoff coverage against both Purdue and Wisconsin… made his season debut at Purdue, where he recorded the first two tackles of his career…in October, Jackson was one of 33 individuals nominated for the 2019 Armed Forces Award…of the 33 nominees, Jackson was one of 12

players from all divisions of college football, including one of only four players from the FBS level…in November, Jackson was named one of five finalists for the Armed Forces Award, the only FBS player among the five finalists. 

Nebraska 2018 (Redshirt Freshman): played in one game as a redshirt freshman, making his career debut on the defensive line in the Huskers’ win over Bethune-Cookman…although he only saw action in one game, Jackson was also a member of Nebraska’s travel roster for trips to Wisconsin, Ohio State and Iowa. 

Nebraska 2017 (Redshirt): Jackson sat out his first season as a redshirt. 

Before Nebraska: Jackson served as a member of the Navy SEALs for four years after graduating from Shadow Ridge High School in Las Vegas, Nev., in 2010…was not a member of the football team in high school, but did participate in baseball and soccer… hit .316 as a senior on the baseball team at Shadow Ridge. 

Personal: Damian is the son of Bridgette Saenz, and he was born on July 22, 1992…a Child, Youth and Family Studies major, Jackson earned his degree in December of 2021…he has volunteered his time with the Nebraska Football Road Race, a Day of Service and local hospital visits.