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Standout DE Jackson leaves Texas Southern program

Houston, TX (Sports Network) - All-SWAC defensive end Marquis Jackson has been granted his release from Texas Southern University's football program.

Jackson, from Northridge, Calif., requested the release heading into his redshirt senior season.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound standout earned All-SWAC first-team honors in each of the past two seasons. Last season, Jackson had 50 tackles and six sacks while also ranking sixth in the conference with 18.5 tackles for loss.

TSU, which finished 4-7 last season, has a first-year head coach in Darrell Asberry. Last year's interim head coach, Kevin Ramsey, has remained on staff as the defensive coordinator.

05/11 10:52:12 ET