The tumult Texas A&M has experienced in its backfield the past several months has taken yet another negative twist.
In April, Texas A&M’s Vernon Jackson posted on social media that he had “suffered a neck injury in practice… [that] could keep me from ever playing again.” Three months later, A&M would only confirm that the running back would be sidelined for the entire 2019 season because of the injury.
Wednesday night on his weekly radio show, Jimbo Fisher acknowledged that, because of the injury, “Vernon will probably never play again.” The specific nature of the neck issue has never been divulged.
According to the head coach, Jackson will remain on a medical scholarship and serve as a student coach with the football program.
“He wanted to be in coaching,” Fisher said according to the Dallas Morning News. “He’s a tremendous human being. We wanted him to be a part of our team. He’s become a student coach and learning all the things you got to be to do that.”
Jackson was a four-star member of the Aggies’ 2018 recruiting class. As a true freshman, he appeared in 12 games, carrying the ball seven times for 49 yards.
The situation around Jackson, as well as a couple of other developments, has left the Aggies with just three healthy running backs heading into Week 4.
Starter Jashaun Corbin, who posted his first career 100-yard game in the 2019 opener, is out for the season after suffering a hamstring injury in the Week 2 loss to Clemson. This week, Deneric Prince opted to place his name into the NCAA transfer database.
Isaiah Spiller‘s 246 yards (on just 28 carries) currently leads the Aggies. His 8.8 yards per carry is seventh nationally among all players with at least 25 rushing attempts.