While we wait on more news about Major Applewhite, it's time to continue on with the list of Pleasant Surprises from the 2007 season. In at #4 is CB Kareem Jackson.
You want to be loved at Alabama? Picking off two passes and blocking a kick against the Vols should do the trick.
Though he was a lightly recruited DB out of high school, Kareem Jackson made quite an impact in the defensive secondary for the Tide this season. As a true freshman, he played in all 13 games, starting twelve of them, and finished fifth on the team in tackles with 66 total (48 solo and 18 assists). He was also second on the team in INTs, grabbing 3 and returning them for 80 yards, and third on the team in pass breakups, batting away six passes while also blocking a kick and forcing a fumble in 2007. His efforts didn't go unnoticed, as the SEC Coaches placed him on the Freshman All-SEC team. Not bad for a true freshman that was routinely picked on by opposing offenses wary of throwing towards senior CB Simeon Castille, and wasn't considered likely to even play with older guys with game experience like Lionel Mitchell and Eric Gray still around.