Taivon Jacobs on Friday went from being excited to be a part of the same offense as his brother to being one of the players the Maryland football team will count on to help replace him.
Levern Jacobs, a junior, was suspended along with senior backup safety A.J. Hendy for the season for violating the school's student code of conduct. Jacobs was set to be the Terps' primary slot receiver.
Now Maryland will depend more heavily on the younger Jacobs and others.
Taivon Jacobs, a redshirt freshman, is listed as the backup to Stefon Diggs at one of Maryland's two outside receiver spots. But the Terps could move Diggs to the slot and put Taivon Jacobs outside.
The fastest player on Maryland's roster, Taivon Jacobs is a former four-star recruit who has been mentioned throughout the summer by teammates and coaches as a possible big-play player this season.
The Terps also have junior Marcus Leak and sophomore Amba Etta-Tawo on the outside. Both have starting experience.
Sophomore Jacquille Veii was listed as the top backup to Levern Jacobs in the slot. However, Veii is still new to receiver after switching from running back earlier this summer.