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Purdue Coaching Vacancies: Purdue Hires Derrick Jackson

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Jeff Brohm’s coaching staff looks to be complete.

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Jeff Brohm has finished up his coaching staff this morning, as Derrick Jackson has been brought on board from Wake Forest:

Here is what the official Purdue release had to say on Jackson:

Jackson comes to Purdue after spending the previous five seasons at Wake Forest (2012-16) in a variety of positions. He served as cornerbacks coach from 2014 to 2016, defensive backs coach in 2013 and as outside linebackers coach in 2012. He also oversaw the field goal/PAT block units from 2014 to 2016. Wake Forest blocked a total of seven kicks over three seasons.

Prior to Wake Forest, Jackson spent one season apiece as the defensive line coach at Rice (2011) and Akron (2010). The Owls’ defense improved in sacks, turnovers gained and red zone defense in his lone seasons on staff. Defensive end Scott Solomon, Rice’s career sacks leader, finished the 2011 season ranked 21st in the nation with 8.5 sacks. The Zips had their run defense and sack total improve in 2010, with defensive end Shawn Lemon, who finished first in the Mid-American Conference and fourth nationally with four fumbles recovered, fourth in the MAC in fumbles caused (3) and seventh in the MAC in sacks (7), earning second team all-conference honors.

From 2007 to 2009, Jackson coached the defensive line at Syracuse, including serving as co-defensive coordinator in 2008. In 2009, the Orangemen tied for sixth in the nation with 35 sacks, ranked 13th in rushing defense (101.8) and tied for 16th with 85 tackles for loss. Defensive tackle Arthur Jones, a fifth-round selection by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2010 NFL Draft, thrived under the direction of Jackson. Jones earned first team All-Big East recognition in 2009 and 2008 and second team honors in 2007. He finished his career third in Syracuse history with 38.5 tackles for loss and was named a third team All-American by College Football News in 2009. As a sophomore, Jones recorded 17.5 tackles for loss, which ranked ninth nationally and third in a season at Syracuse. Chandler Jones, a 2012 first-round selection by the New England Patriots, earned first team All-Big East freshman honors from The Sporting News and Rivals.com.

Welcome aboard, Coach Jackson!