RUIDOSO – University of New Mexico sophomore cornerback Vershad Jackson has been suspended indefinitely after an incident on the practice field Wednesday, coach Bob Davie said.
Davie said sophomore cornerback Rashad Jackson, Vershad’s identical twin, is undecided about his own status in light of his brother’s suspension.
Both players were sent back to Albuquerque after Wednesday morning’s practice and were not present at Wednesday evening’s workout.
“Because of an incident that happened, I felt that an indefinite suspension (of Vershad Jackson) was necessary,” Davie said. “We may revisit it later.”
At Wednesday morning’s practice, Rashad Jackson was sharply reprimanded for his performance by Davie and sent off the field, replaced by another cornerback.
Vershad Jackson, who at the time was playing cornerback on the other side, was not asked to leave the field but did so anyway, apparently in support of his brother. When defensive coordinator Jeff Mills urged Vershad Jackson to get back on the field, he refused.
Davie called Vershad Jackson’s refusal to come back on the field unacceptable.
“A coach always has the final decision. Period,” Davie said.
Rashad Jackson, Davie said, “is evaluating his situation right now.”
The Jackson twins, from Thurgood Marshall High School in Missouri City, Texas, were part of Davie’s first UNM recruiting class last year. They played sparingly last season, Vershad seeing action in seven games, Rashad in six. Both, however, were seeing frequent repetitions in practice this fall camp on the first and second defensive units.
In the twins’ absence Wednesday evening, sophomore Cranston Jones and junior SaQwan Edwards took most of the first-team repetitions at cornerback.
The Jacksons are the first set of twins to play for UNM since Danny and Donny Silver, linemen from Hobbs, in 1968-69.