The Florida Gators lost another offensive player on Tuesday.
Offensive lineman Octavius Jackson has officially ended his football playing career undergoing shoulder surgery last month in attempt to fix a chronically injured shoulder, reports Robbie Andreu of the Gainsville Sun.
Jackson was part of the class of 2013. He attended Colquitt County High School in Moultrie, Georgia and chose the Gators over the Kentucky Wildcats, Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders, South Alabama Jaguars and Temple Owls, among others.
Jackson was offered by the Gators in July of 2012 and committed just a couple of days later. He remained committed throughout the process before inking with the Gators on National Signing Day in 2013.
He took a redshirt in 2013.
According to Andreu, the Gators are “seeking a medical hardship for Jackson, which will allow him to remain in school on scholarship without counting against the program’s overall scholarship limit of 85.”
That process is common practice and one thing the NCAA seems pretty good about. Kids like Jackson literally ruin parts of their bodies to play football for a program and deserve to continue their education even if they can’t play football.