The LSU Tigers have always been known for having some of the speedier players in the country, which is a partial reason why the players run track for the school. Safety Donte Jackson staked his claim as the fastest player in college football in February, but now he is looking at an issue that may keep him off both the track and the gridiron.
According to The Advocate‘s Ross Dellenger, Jackson has been declared academically ineligible for track and spring football in Baton Rogue.
He will miss the remainder of the spring for both sports and attempt to re-qualify for preseason camp over the summer.
Head coach Les Miles was asked about Jackson and his ability to balance school and both his sports. Miles claimed that there could be some concern for Jackson, but also said they were monitoring him to help him get back on track.
“One sport … can be very difficult. Now, to have two sports, there’s some concern there needs to be balance,” Miles said. “I think he’s doing a good job. We’re kind of monitoring him and helping him along the way, meeting appointments and doing the papers he needs to. He’s hanging in there, has the opportunity to do both.”
As a true freshman, Donte Jackson played in all 12 of LSU’s games last season, starting one. He recorded 25 tackles and an interceptions, while returning kickoffs eight times for 164 yards.
He is expected to play a big role in the secondary this year for the Tigers, so hopefully he will be able to get this situation settled sooner rather than later.
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