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Derek Jackson

Chadron State running back Derek Jackson, No. 8, carries the ball against Colorado State-Pueblo this fall. Jackson was named the Eagles’ Most Valuable Player for the 2017 season. Linemen blocking for him include No. 64, Travis Rosma, and 73, Matt Barden. Rosma was last year’s overall MVP while Barden received this year’s Offensive MVP honor.

Senior running back Derek Jackson was selected by his teammates as Chadron State College’s Most Valuable Player for the 2017 season, it was revealed during the recent team dinner.

A graduate of West High School in Pueblo, Jackson led the Eagles in rushing (1,058 yards) and scoring (14 touchdowns) this fall. He finished his career as Chadron State’s No. 5 rusher all-time with 3,101 yards. He also scored the fourth most touchdowns (35) and is seventh in all-purpose yards (3,792).

The Offensive MVP Award went to senior guard Matt Barden, who came to CSC from Cherokee Trail High in Aurora, Colo.

Tackle Truitt Box of Cheyenne Wells, Colo., and safety Brian Wood of Alonzo Stagg High in Bakersfield, Calif., shared the Defensive MPV honor. Both were seniors this fall.

Box was also voted the Most Inspirational Player. Senior defensive end Tyler Kiess of Thompson Valley High in Loveland, Colo., earned the Lifter of the Year Award

The Hammer Award, given to the top special teams player, went to punter Zack Kozlik of Coronado, Calif. A junior, Kozlik averaged 41.4 yards on 62 punts.

The Scout Team MVP Awards were presented to freshmen Dante Wiggins, a running back from Doherty High in Colorado Springs, and outside linebacker-long snapper Chase Thurness of St. Thomas More in Rapid City.

Thurness’s older brother, Cole, received the Scout Team’s Defensive MVP Award a year ago.

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