Jamar Jackson has been counting down the days until he can run through the tunnel at Doak Campbell Stadium. Unfortunately, the Florida State freshman will probably have to walk, or limp, through the tunnel this year. Warchant.com has confirmed that the 6-foot-4, 235 pound defensive end/linebacker suffered a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the entire 2007 season.
Varina High School offensive coordinator Blanda Wolfe confirmed the bad news on Saturday. Wolfe said that Jackson called the Varina coaching staff just recently to inform them about his setback. The injury took place in Tallahassee, but we have not yet confirmed how exactly he tore his ACL.
According to Wolfe, the Rivals 250 member had surgery on the knee last Thursday (7/12). Doctors told Jackson that the injury is not as bad as they had initially thought, but it is bad enough that the FSU freshman will be forced to miss the entire season.
The No. 6 weakside defensive end in the country told Warchant.com in May that he was coming in as an outside linebacker and eventually would shift over to the line once he put on enough weight. The only bright side of this setback is that he will have plenty of time in the weight room to get stronger and build up his upper body.
Jackson missed two games as a senior at Varina High School in Richmond (VA) because of a "tweaked" knee. Unfortunately, it is the same knee that has ended his freshman season at Florida State. With two games and an off week last year, he had three total weeks to heal. But it will take several months to get back to 100 percent health this time around.
Jackson will very likely be granted a medical redshirt allowing him to rehab and then return with four years of eligibility in 2008.