ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sophomore cornerbacks Vershad Jackson and Rashad Jackson are no longer University of New Mexico football players, coach Bob Davie announced Friday.
The identical twins from Missouri City, Texas, are the first players to leave the program since safety Zoey Williams was dismissed one year ago Sunday for violations of team policy.
Vershad Jackson was suspended Wednesday after refusing to re-enter a practice session in Ruidoso, apparently in support of his brother. Davie had banished Rashad Jackson from the field because he was unhappy with the player’s performance.
After his brother’s suspension, Davie said at the time, Rashad Jackson was uncertain about his own future with the program. Davie sent the two players back to Albuquerque and said he would revisit the situation later.
On Friday, later became sooner.
“Rashad and Vershad Jackson will no longer be a part of our football program,” Davie said in a news release. “We wish them well moving forward in their future endeavors.”
The Jacksons played sparingly last season as true freshmen but had logged considerable practice time with the first and second teams during the current fall camp.
Their departure appears to leave junior SaQwan Edwards and sophomore Cranston Jones as the clear first-team cornerbacks. Junior Tim Foley, sophomore Donnie Duncan and true freshmen Isaiah Brown and Jadon Boatright move up on the depth chart.
Here’s a link to my story on the practice-field incident that led to the twins’ departure.