Maryland’s Taivon Jacobs out for season with knee injury

September 1, 2014

Maryland wide receiver Taivon Jacobs will miss the remainder of the season with a right knee injury, Coach Randy Edsall announced Monday afternoon.

The redshirt freshman had an MRI on Monday on his right meniscus, which he injured during the second drive of Maryland’s win over James Madison on Saturday. Edsall made the announcement on his Twitter account.

This is the second major knee injury for Jacobs. The former Suitland High star had his senior season of high school cut short due to an ACL injury, and he was limited when he arrived to College Park as a freshman last fall. Considered to have the best overall speed on the team, Jacobs had impressed the coaching staff during a strong preseason camp and earned a starting role at wide receiver and as a kick returner, despite never having played in a game for the Terps.

His debut was cut short Saturday after he initially beat a James Madison defender on a deep route to the end zone. C.J. Brown had thrown the ball to Jacobs on the play, but he was tangled up with a James Madison defender and came limping off the field shortly after.

The loss of Jacobs is a blow to a wide receiver corps that has thinned considerably over the past month. Just two days before camp opened, veteran wide receiver Nigel King was granted his release and transferred to Kansas. Jacobs’s brother, Levern, was expected to be the team’s third wide receiver entering the season but was suspended for the season on Friday after being charged with second degree assault earlier in August.

Veteran wide receiver Marcus Leak will likely move into the third wide receiver slot. Maryland will also turn to a stable of younger receivers. That includes sophomore Jacquille Veii, who was converted from running back during the preseason, as well as sophomore Amba Etta-Tawo and true freshman Juwann Winfree.

Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.
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