Texas A&M sophomore running back Vernon Jackson will “probably never play again” after suffering a neck injury during the offseason, head coach Jimbo Fisher said Wednesday on his weekly radio show.
Jackson is still considering a medical redshirt for this season but is taking on a student-coach role, Fisher said.
“He wanted to be in coaching,” Fisher said on the radio show. “He is a tremendous human being, and we want him to be a part of our team, so he’s becoming a student-coach and learning all the things you have to do to be that.”
Jackson saw action in 12 games last season, mostly on special teams. He had 49 yards on seven carries in the Aggies’ season-opening 59-7 win over Northwestern State.
A&M’s offensive backfield has become thin after a season-ending injury shelved starter Jashaun Corbin during the Clemson game and freshman Deneric Prince decided to transfer this week, according to an athletic department spokesperson.
True freshman Isaiah Spiller has taken the lead role filling in for Corbin with Jacob Kibodi following closely behind. Sophomore Cordarrian Richardson worked cleanup duty Saturday in the Aggies’ 62-3 win over Lamar on Saturday.