QB Jackson one of six Maryland players to opt out
Maryland quarterback Josh Jackson is one of six players who are opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, coach Mike Locksley told reporters on Friday.
Also opting out are sophomore offensive linemen Austin Fontaine, senior offensive lineman Johnny Jordan, sophomore defensive lineman Jalen Alexander, junior linebacker TJ Kautai and sophomore defensive back Vincent Flythe.
Junior tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo will be held out due to a medical issue, Locksley said.
Jackson started nine of 10 games played last season and passed for 1,274 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions.
The senior, who transferred from Virginia Tech, isn’t expected to play again for the Terrapins, according to Locksley.
“Proud of him being able to make tough decision like he’s made and even prouder that he’s a guy that does things the right way off the field and will continue to pursue his education and finish his degree here at Maryland,” Locksley said.
A possible replacement for Jackson is sophomore Taulia Tagovailoa. The younger brother of former Alabama star Tua Tagovailoa was added to the roster in May but the school is still waiting on a transfer request per whether he is eligible to play in 2020.
Taulia Tagovailoa transferred from Alabama after last season. Locksley was offensive coordinator for the Crimson Tide before being hired as Maryland’s coach following the 2018 season.
“We signed him and brought him in with the expectations that we wouldn’t have him available to play this year,” Locksley said. “If he’s granted immediate eligibility, that would be icing on the cake for us.”
–Field Level Media