Nebraska cornerback Charles Jackson will miss the 2014-2015 season due to a knee injury suffered in practice this week.
Jackson was projected to be the team’s starter at the nickel-cornerback position. He does have a redshirt year available, which will be placed on him this season which allows him two years of full eligibility remaining when he returns.
After injuring his knee in Tuesday’s practice, Jackson was listed as day-to-day. But after tests, he was advised to have surgery as a means to reduce further long term setbacks.
Head coach Bo Pellini confirmed Jackson’s season-ending surgery to the Lincoln Star-Journal.
“After evaluating it, for his long-term best interest, they’re going to go ahead and fix it [now]. It’s not a horrible injury. It’s a very unusual injury, ” Pellini said. “When they determined whether they wanted to rehab it and come back, they determined for him long-term that the best thing was to go ahead and fix it now. He’ll come back. He’ll be better than ever when he comes back.”
Jackson made a name for himself on special teams last year and was poised to have a standout junior season.
Look for junior college transfer Byerson Cockrell to be given the chance start at the nickel spot while Jackson sits the year out.