Oregon Ducks mourn the tragic loss of cornerback Khyree Jackson

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All too soon, Oregon fans across the country received a push notification from ESPN, the NY Times, or another news source, notifying them that beloved former Duck Khyree Jackson had passed.

Jackson became a star for the Ducks after beginning his collegiate career at a junior college and then for the Alabama Crimson Tide. 

Most recently, Jackson was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

At Oregon, Jackson stood out amongst his peers and was a phenomenal cornerback for the Ducks’ secondary in 2023.

Jackson was beloved on and off the field, which the Oregon football team showed in a tribute video on social media.

Jackson, along with two of his high school football teammates, were killed in what has been reported as a drunk-driving accident.

The Oregon community has shared its devastation on social media, remembering what a fine player and even better person Jackson was.

In his final collegiate season, Jackson earned 34 total tackles, 7 pass deflections, 3 interceptions, and 2 sacks.

Heartbreakingly, Jackson isn’t the only football player that the Ducks mourn. Just a few years ago, beloved tight end Spencer Webb died in a recreational swimming accident just a few miles from campus.

Hug your loved ones and appreciate the stars you get to witness, both on and off the field.