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Maryland will apply for hardship waiver for Taivon Jacobs

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COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland wide receiver Taivon Jacobs redshirted as a freshman last year while rehabbing his torn anterior cruciate ligament, suffered as a senior in high school.

Now, Jacobs is rehabbing an injury to the same knee, a torn meniscus he suffered against James Madison last week that will prevent him from taking the field again this season.

Maryland coach Randy Edsall said Thursday the Terps will apply for a hardship waiver for Jacobs "at the appropriate time." If granted, Jacobs will get a sixth year of eligibility and would still have four years of eligibility remaining when he returns to the field next season.

The NCAA is strict when it comes to hardship waivers. However, Jacobs' injury appears to meet the criteria.

Jacobs will not have played in more than 20 percent of Maryland's games. His injury happened during the first half of the season, and the injury and subsequent surgery will incapacitate him for the foreseeable future.

Jacobs underwent surgery Thursday. Edsall was noncommittal when asked if Jacobs would be back in time for spring practice. Edsall said he is hopeful Jacobs' knee will be be stronger than it was before the latest injury.

Then, if all goes well with the waiver, Jacobs will still have four years of college eligibility remaining.

Players of the week

Edsall said fullback Andrew Stefanelli was the Terps' offensive scout team player of the week.

Suspended inside linebacker Abner Logan was the defensive scout team player of the week, and outside linebacker Clarence Murphy was the special teams player of the week.

Edsall said the three scout team players of the week last week were suspended wide receiver Levern Jacobs (offense), linebacker Nnamdi Egbuaba (defense) and Logan (special teams).

Edsall praised Logan, who can appeal his suspension after six games.

"The thing that's good," Edsall said, "is when you see a guy like Abner, who is suspended right now, but it goes to show where his head is in terms of practice and trying to get better because he will have an opportunity to appeal after six games, and he's trying to do everything he can to make sure he's ready if that works out, which is good."

Logan is a key reserve for Maryland who started four games last year and is also a top special teams player.

Other notes

Edsall said Maryland's game captains against South Florida Saturday will be running back Albert Reid (offense), outside linebacker Matt Robinson (defense) and safety Sean Davis (special teams). ... The Terps will wear white jersey with white helmets and red pants against the Bulls. ... Inside linebacker Cole Farrand (lower leg injury) is "ready to go" and will start Saturday, Edsall said. Farrand was on the field for just 17 plays against James Madison last week, but Edsall said Farrand has taken all the reps in practice this week.

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