Adoree' Jackson fails to qualify for Olympic trials at NCAA finals

USC cornerback Adoree' Jackson came up short in his bid Wednesday to qualify in the long jump for next month's U.S. Olympic trials.

Jackson, one of the top talents in college football, didn't participate in spring football practice as he focused on track full-time.

He placed fifth Wednesday in the long jump at the NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore., with a jump of 25 feet, 1 3/4 inches. A jump of 26-5 is needed for an athlete to earn an automatic qualification to the trials. The top 24 qualifiers in the long jump can compete in the trials.

Jackson earned All-America honors for his mark, but he had been hoping for more.

"It was probably the worst performance ever," Jackson said, per The Los Angeles Times.

Jackson's personal best is 25-11 1/2, which he set at last year's NCAA championships, where he also finished fifth.

"The run-through was fine," Jackson said of his Wednesday performance. "It's just off the board everything was a disaster. ... I just rushed everything."

Jackson said he would look for other meets to compete in before the trials begin on July 1, per The Times.

Jackson, a junior, primarily plays cornerback, but he also has played receiver and returned kicks for USC. NFL Media analyst Chad Reuter rated Jackson last month as the No. 25 player in college football.

Other college football players competing in the NCAA championships included Oregon WR Devon Allen, Cal DB Ashtyn Davis, Texas WR John Burt, Alabama DB Tony Brown and Arizona State WR Tim White.

Allen posted the fastest preliminary qualifying time in the 110 hurdles event (13.38), but didn't fare as well in the 200-meter or 4x100 relay events, according to the Statesman Journal. He'll compete in the finals of the 110 hurdles, his top event, on Friday. A knee injury prevented Allen from competing in track last season and limited his production for the Ducks football team last fall, though he is expected to be a more significant part of the UO offense in 2016.

Like Allen, Brown also qualified for Friday's finals in the 110 hurdles with a time of 13.71. While eligible to compete in track, Brown is reportedly facing an indefinite NCAA suspension in football that the school is appealing.

Davis set a personal record in the 110 hurdles with a 13.73, while Burt ran a 14.32.

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