Alabama's Jackson skipping senior year for NFL

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama cornerback Kareem Jackson is
skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Jackson announced his decision Friday - the last day for
underclassmen to declare for the draft - but said he still planned
to fulfill a promise to his parents and complete his degree.

The three-year starter joins All-America linebacker Rolando
McClain in leaving the national champions a year early. The Tide
will have only three defensive starters returning, counting
linebacker Dont'a Hightower, who missed most of the season with a
knee injury.

Jackson said the NFL draft advisory committee projected him as a
likely second-round pick.

Jackson had 159 tackles and five interceptions in his career
while starting all but one game.