Army West Point mourns the death of Brandon Jackson


Army West Point’s day of celebration Saturday turned to tragedy Sunday, when sophomore defensive back Brandon Jackson was killed in a single-car accident. He was 20.

“We will honor his life as we mourn the untimely death of a young man who had a promising future as a leader in service to our nation,” Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., West Point superintendent, said in a statement. “Brandon internalized our watch words, Duty, Honor, Country.”

Jackson played in all 12 games in 2015 and emerged as one of the team’s top defensive backs. In nine starts, he led the team with three interceptions and his 62 tackles were fifth-best. In two games in 2016, Jackson totaled six tackles and broke up two passes.

On Saturday, after Army celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 1st Infantry Division with Major General Wayne Grigsby Jr. leading the team onto the field, Jackson helped Army improve to 2-0 for the first time since 1996. He made two solo tackles and one assist in a 31-14 victory against Rice.

Army plays UTEP Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on ASN in a game that will take on new meaning.

“Words cannot describe the grief that our team is feeling over the loss of our brother and friend, Brandon,” said head coach Jeff Monken. “He was a beloved teammate and our hearts are with his family at this time of tragedy.”

Jackson was honored by teammates on others on Twitter:

Photo courtesy Army West Point Athletics

Mike Bambach

Mike Bambach is senior web producer for ASN.