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Jackson first earned his stripes in kick coverage

Like Bennett Jackson and numerous Irish freshmen during the Brian Kelly era before him, cornerback Devin Butler made his coaches notice him with standout special teams effort. Scrimmage time soon followed...

Oft-ridiculed for a poor punt return game during his tenure, the Brian Kelly era has each season included standout efforts by true freshmen on the Irish coverage units, aka, their "run teams." In 2010 it was Bennett Jackson and Austin Collinsworth, the former winning the program's inaugural Special Teams Player of the Year award (with the latter taking home the honor as a sophomore one year later...

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