Several college football players have opted out of the upcoming season, but none played quarterback. That was until this Friday morning, when a Big Ten program announced that it’s most experienced signal-caller will sit out this fall.
Maryland head coach Mike Locksley spoke to the media on Friday to discuss a series of topics regarding his team. During his press conference, Locksley revealed that three players have joined the team’s opt-out list.
It turns out that Josh Jackson is one of those three players that opted out of the 2020 season. He appeared in 10 games for the Terrapins last season, throwing for 1,274 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Jackson transferred to Maryland after spending two years at Virginia Tech. Though he wasn’t guaranteed to be the Terrapins’ starting quarterback this fall, the dual-threat athlete would have been in prime position for the job.
The senior will now focus on academics and pursuing a pro career.
Mike Locksley speaking to the media right now. Locksley says a few players have decided to opt-out: QB Josh Jackson, OL Johnny Jordan and OL Austin Fontaine are among those who have opted-out.
— Daniel Oyefusi (@DanielOyefusi) August 7, 2020
It’ll be interesting to see if other quarterbacks follow in Jackson’s footsteps and opt out of the 2020 season.
Locksley is now down to two options at quarterback: redshirt freshman Lance LeGendre and Alabama transfer Taulia Tagovailoa. However, the latter hasn’t found out if he’s been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA.
The Terrapins will also be without Vincent Flythe, Austin Fontaine and Johnny Jordan for the upcoming season.
Maryland will begin its 2020 season on the road against Iowa.