Explaining the medical redshirt in wake of surgery for Terps WR

Explaining the medical redshirt in wake of surgery for Terps WR
September 4, 2014, 3:15 pm
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COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland redshirt freshman wide receiver Taivon Jacobs underwent surgery early Thursday afternoon to repair the meniscus in his right knee that he tore during his team’s 52-7 win over James Madison in Week 1, head coach Randy Edsall said Thursday.

Jacobs is scheduled to miss the remainder of the season, his second straight after missing his entire freshman campaign as he continued to recover from a partially torn ACL in the same knee that he suffered in high school.

Which now puts Maryland in an interesting spot with Jacobs.

Edsall has expressed his desire to apply for a medical redshirt for Jacobs in order to give the wide receiver another year of eligibility when he returns from injury.

Under NCAA rules, a player must miss two full seasons due to injury in order to be considered for the waiver. If there is to be any silver lining to the season-ending injury, the fact that it happened in Week 1 should work in Jacobs’ favor during the application process.

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For more context, look at cornerback Dexter McDougle last season. He had already burned his redshirt by his senior year, but the season-ending shoulder injury he suffered only caused him to miss one season -- or close to one full season.

No medical redshirt. McDougle's college career was finished and he went on to be selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New York Jets.

Current quarterback C.J. Brown, on the other hand, is playing his sixth season at Maryland. During his redshirt freshman season in 2010, a shoulder injury forced him to miss 11 games after playing in just one. In 2012, he tore his ACL in a spring practice and missed the entire season.

Two full missed seasons and Brown was granted a sixth year by the NCAA after applying for a medical redshirt, which he is now spending as Maryland’s starter under center.

Now comes the paperwork and the documentation from doctors to provide proof that Jacobs was and will be unable to play. The program believes it has a strong case, but the process must run its course before they know for sure.

To compensate for the loss of Jacobs, Maryland has moved quarterback Will Ulmer to wide receiver and plans to get reps for freshman wide receiver Juwann Winfree.

Added to stars Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, the receiving corps and the rest of the team travel to Tampa, Fla., to take on South Florida on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.