One Cornhusker player is up for a very prestigious national award.

According to a release put out by Nebraska, defensive lineman Damian Jackson was named one of five finalists for the 2019 Armed Forces Merit Award. Jackson was the only FBS player to be named a finalist for the award.

According to the Armed Forces Bowl website, the award is given annually “to honor an individual and/or a group with a military background and/or involvement that has an impact within the realm of college football.” Jackson served as a Navy Seal for four years before coming to Nebraska. He made his debut with the Cornhuskers in 2018 and has three tackles in 2019.

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The other finalists for the award are Air Force Head Coach Troy Calhoun, Army assistant coach Mike Viti, Alexander Findura of Bloomsburg University, and Casey Stewart of Shenandoah.

Regardless of the outcome, congratulations to Jackson for being nominated for such a prestigious honor. Thank you for your service!