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Maryland quarterback Josh Jackson suffers gruesome-looking ankle injury

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Maryland quarterback Josh Jackson suffers gruesome-looking ankle injury

Maryland quarterback Josh Jackson left Saturday’s game against Rutgers in the second quarter with a gruesome-looking ankle injury.

Jackson took a low hit late in the first half as two Rutgers players hit him low from each side causing his ankle to move in a way that...well, in a way that ankles just aren’t supposed to move.

You can see a video of the play here, but please be advised that the video is graphic.

The Testudo Times reports that a Maryland spokesman labeled the injury as an ankle injury.

Jackson completed nine out of 16 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns before the injury as the Terps were rolling over the Scarlet Knights. At halftime, the score was 27-7.

Replacing injured quarterbacks is nothing new for Maryland or Tyrell Pigrome who took over in relief.

The exact nature or severity of Jackson’s injury has not yet been released.

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Virginia Tech’s loss has proven to be Maryland’s gain as the Terps have found a quarterback in Josh Jackson

Virginia Tech’s loss has proven to be Maryland’s gain as the Terps have found a quarterback in Josh Jackson

Be careful what you wish for. Josh Jackson was never really embraced by the fans at Virginia Tech. After leaving Blacksburg as a graduate transfer, at least in the early season it appears the Hokies’ loss has been Maryland’s gain.

Jackson helped lead the Terps to a dominant 63-20 blowout win over No. 21 Syracuse on Saturday and appears to have finally brought stability to the quarterback position in College Park.

There is not much you can learn from Maryland’s first game against Howard. Sure, Jackson was great, but it came against an FCS opponent that could not seem to punt the ball effectively and who the Terps ultimately put up 79 points against. You have to take the stats from that game with a grain of salt. Week 2 gave us a much better glimpse of what the Terps are and the results are pretty darn impressive.

Through just two games, Jackson has a 58.1-percent completion percentage, 541 passing yards, seven touchdowns and only one interception.

Jackson started as a redshirt freshman for Virginia Tech in 2017. He threw for 2,991 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions to help the Hokies to a 9-4 season. Yet, despite his success, the Hokies fan base was not satisfied after Jackson struggled in the last four games of the season. An injury cut his season short in 2018 and Jackson saw himself passed over by Ryan Willis.

Now with Maryland, Jackson obliterated Howard’s secondary in just one half’s worth of work. In his first game for Maryland, he completed 15 of 24 pass attempts for 245 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half. On Saturday against much tougher competition, Jackson looked even better.

Against a Syracuse team that relied on its defense in a Week 1 shutout over Liberty, Jackson threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns. He has the offense clicking as Maryland has scored 142 points in just two games.

Losing quarterbacks has become something of a tradition in College Park. In the past five years, Maryland has had seven different quarterbacks throw at least 45 passes in a season. Part of the issue has been horrible injury luck, but the Terps also have not had a firmly established quarterback for several years. After just two games, that no longer seems to be the case.

Jackson now is firmly entrenched under center and suddenly a daunting Big Ten East schedule for the Terps is looking a lot more manageable.

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Virginia Tech transfer Josh Jackson wins Maryland's starting QB job

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Virginia Tech transfer Josh Jackson wins Maryland's starting QB job

When the Maryland Terrapins take the field on Saturday in their opener against Howard, it will be a former Hokie who leads them. Virginia Tech transfer quarterback Josh Jackson was named the starter by head coach Mike Locksley on Monday as he fended off stiff competition from redshirt junior Tyrrell Pigrome.

"After an extremely tight camp battle, we felt that Josh earned the starting role," Locksley said in a statement. "Josh and Piggy (Tyrrell Pigrome) pushed each other throughout the summer and into camp. We are excited about the talent in the quarterback room and strongly feel that we can win with both guys. We'll find ways to utilize each of their talents, but are confident with Josh leading the team."

The fact that Pigrome was able to keep things close bodes well for a Maryland team that always seems to need an abundance of quarterbacks every season.

Jackson transferred to Maryland in May and has immediate eligibility as a graduate after earning his degree from Virginia Tech. He was the starter for the Hokies in each of the past two seasons playing in 16 games and completing 59.9-percent of his passes while throwing for 3,566 yards 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His season was limited to just three games in 2018 after he suffered a broken leg in October in a stunning upset against Old Dominion.

Jackson set Virginia Tech freshman records for touchdown passes (20), passing yards (2,991) and 200+ yard passing games (9). Yet, despite his early success he was seemingly never embraced by the fans in Blacksburg and his transfer was ultimately no surprise.

Locksley is now hoping Virginia Tech’s loss will be Maryland’s gain.

Saturday’s kickoff against Howard is scheduled for 12 p.m.

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