Derek J. Hernandez

Where are they now? – Huskers Edition: Julius Jackson

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Before becoming a four-year letterman at Nebraska, Julius Jackson was a two-sport star at Gainesville High School in Texas excelling in both football and track. His accolades included being named an All-American by both Superprep and Blue Chip Illustrated and placing 5th in the 300 hurdles at the state track meet.

After redshirting his freshman year, he went on to become one of the leaders of some of the most dominant defenses in Blackshirts history and helped the Huskers win the 1997 National Championship. Julius would also be named a Two-Time Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Academic Honor Roll Honoree (1998-99), Football News Defensive Player of the Year Semifinalist (1999), Kansas City Star Second-Team All-Big 12 (1999), and First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (1999). He would leave Nebraska with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Q: What made you decide to go to Nebraska as opposed to staying in Texas or attending another university?

A: “I chose Nebraska over other universities because of the winning tradition. My senior year in high school was the same year they won Coach Osborne’s first National Championship. There wasn’t much to question at that point. There were several other universities that took a big interest in me but my decision was made after that National Championship and my first visit to the campus.”

Q: What was your first impression of Lincoln, Nebraska?

A: “My first impression of Nebraska was that Nebraska was very cold, boring, and had a limited amount of black people! LOL!”

Q: What was your best football memory as a Cornhusker?

A: “My best football memory as a Cornhusker was when I scored two touchdowns during the Southern Mississippi game in 1999. Of course anytime a defensive player scores a touchdown it’s one to remember. I had two touchdowns so my head had grown two helmet sizes…”

Jackson’s 2 interceptions were paramount to a Husker victory over Southern Miss back in ’99 (Photo Via Daily Nebraskan)

Q: What was your biggest challenge at Nebraska?

A: “Understanding that I had to fight for playing time. Nothing came easy. Every practice and every game was important and we were graded after each one. It took some time to understand that especially when you were the star back in high school. I learned a lot from that challenge and of course, I won. YEAH!!”

Q: What is your favorite Tom Osborne memory?

A: “When he told me he would vote for me if I ever ran for president! He and I both knew that wasn’t going to ever happen but it was a kind gesture.”

Q: What advice would you give prospective student-athletes planning to attend the University of Nebraska?

A: “The advice I would give prospective student-athletes planning to attend the University of Nebraska is to study hard, play harder, and GRADUATE!”

Q: Where did life take you after your playing days?

A: “After my playing days life took me through times of what the hell was I thinking to times of I’m glad I got that out of my system! I’ve had a good run at life thus far and I’m still working, staying in shape. I’m dating but we have no plans of getting married right now and kids are still a question mark. I didn’t receive a call this year on Fathers Day so I’m good. LOL!”

Q: Did you ever have any interest in coaching or broadcasting?

A: “I’ve had some interest in broadcasting but I haven’t made the right connections yet. If the opportunity did present itself today I would definitely give it a try.”

Q: What are your thoughts on Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten Conference?

A: “I’m glad to see some change and I’m hoping we can dominate just like we did in the Big 12. It will take some time to establish ourselves but I think in the long run we will be a dominate force.”

Q: What was/is your favorite place to eat in Lincoln?

A: “My favorite place to eat in Lincoln after midnight was Amigo’s!”


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