After a fall camp full of hype, Maryland fans will finally get to see cornerback JC Jackson in action.
The JuCo transfer was inactive for Maryland football’s season opener against Howard, but he will play in the team’s Week 2 matchup Friday night against Florida International, according to multiple reports.
His status for the season opener was announced right before game time. He was not included on the team’s two-deep depth chart for this game, which didn’t technically rule him out, but seemed to indicate he was unlikely to play. RaVon Davis, who started against Howard, was slated to start again in Jackson’s absence.
When asked about Jackson’s status this week, Head Coach DJ Durkin did not have any updates on when he’d be available to play.
Jackson made a splash in fall camp, and he changes things for Maryland. Along with Will Likely, he gives the Terps two outstanding cornerbacks that allow the team to get a little more aggressive on defense. With Jackson now available, the team will probably go with a lineup of Jackson and Alvin Hill on the outside and Likely playing nickel corner. However, we won’t know for sure how he’ll be used until the game starts.
This is Jackson’s second college game. He played in Florida’s season opener in 2014, but suffered a shoulder injury and was shut down for the season. A native of Immokalee, Fla., Jackson is one of 13 Floridians playing for Maryland in Friday’s game.