On Monday morning, news of an injury for a member of the Miami Hurricanes defensive line was reported.
Citing “multiple sources”, Peter Ariz of CanesInSight.com reported that DE Demetrius Jackson would have surgery for a knee injury and could potentially miss the remainder of the season. This was also hinted at by Jackson himself in an early-morning tweet:
Love my "TEAMMATES" . Finish strong!!! Minor set back for a major comeback pic.twitter.com/iuEITkC7dz— Djack (@F5_Jackson) November 6, 2017
This report was confirmed in a release from Miami Athletics early on Tuesday morning.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami football program announced Monday that defensive lineman Demetrius Jackson will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery for a right lower extremity injury.
The surgery was performed at the UHealth Sports Medicine Institute at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center. Jackson, a redshirt junior from Miami, posted 18 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and one interception in seven games for the Hurricanes this season.
A redshirt junior from Miami (FL) Booker T. Washington HS, Jackson has blossomed under the tutelage of DL coach Craig Kuligowski. One of the best run defenders along the defensive line, Jackson has made plays routinely this season, from both the DE and DT positions, the former on passing downs in Miami’s 4 DE package.
If the reported injury/surgery is true, that means Miami loses a bit of depth and talent at DE, but the Canes should be able to recover. Starters Chad Thomas and Joe Jackson can play more, Trent Harris can see his role increased, and freshmen DEs Jonathan Garvin — he of the strip sack and fumble recovery vs VT — and D.J. Johnson should also see increased snaps.
Hopefully Jackson’s injury, if he has one, isn’t too bad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him regardless.
More on this reported injury as it is available.