Coach Randy Edsall said Thursday that Maryland plans to apply for a hardship waiver for injured wide receiver Taivon Jacobs, who will miss the rest of the season after injuring his knee against James Madison.
Jacobs, a redshirt freshman, underwent surgery on his torn meniscus Thursday afternoon and Edsall is optimistic that his knee will be stronger than it was before. The injury occurred in the same knee that Jacobs injured during his senior year of high school at Suitland — a torn anterior cruciate ligament that kept him out all of his freshman season at Maryland.
Jacobs was injured during the first quarter of Maryland’s season-opening win over the Dukes. Part of the criterion for the NCAA waiver is that an athlete compete in no more than three dates of competition or 30 percent of a season schedule.
Edsall offered no timetable of when Maryland would submit the application. A successful hardship waiver would give Jacobs a sixth year of eligibility and the possibility of four complete seasons to play starting next year.
Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown was granted a medical hardship waiver after missing the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL.
Here’s additional notes on Maryland’s week of preparation for South Florida:
— The scout team players of the week: Running back Andrew Stefanelli (offense), linebacker Abner Logan (defense), linebacker Clarence Murphy (special teams).
–It was the second week of Logan picked up notoriety; he was the scout team’s special teams player of the week prior to James Madison. Edsall was complimentary of the suspended linebacker Thursday. Logan will have an opportunity to appeal his suspension after the first six games of the season, Edsall said.
— Game captains for Saturday: Albert Reid (offense), Matt Robinson (defense), Sean Davis (special teams)
— Maryland will wear standard white helmets, white jerseys and red pants for Saturday’s game at South Florida.