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Maryland cornerback JC Jackson inactive vs. Howard due to ‘academic matter’

He won’t make his Maryland debut this week.

J.C. Jackson Greg Fiume / Maryland Athletics

Maryland corner JC Jackson is inactive for Saturday’s season opener against Howard due to an “academic matter,” the school announced before the game.

Jackson, who transferred to Maryland from junior college after enrolling at Florida as a member of the class of 2014, has not started a college game before. He had been a standout at Maryland’s camp so far and was in line to be the one of team’s starting corners along with Will Likely and Alvin Hill.

Jackson changes the game for Maryland’s secondary, which was looking pretty bare aside from Likely. He has three years of eligibility remaining, and should provide some major talent in the defensive backfield to sustain the Terps when Likely graduates after this season.

Maryland should be fine without him against Howard, a team that went 1-10 in FCS play last season, but he’s a guy DJ Durkin will want on the field in the future. After the game, Durkin said he did not know when Jackson will return.