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Defensive tackle Darrell Jackson Jr. waiver request denied by NCAA

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Posted at 1:56 PM, Aug 08, 2023
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State defensive tackle Darrell Jackson Jr. has been denied a waiver request to play for the Seminoles this fall, head coach Mike Norvell said Tuesday.

Jackson began his college career at Maryland and played for Miami last season before transferring to Florida State.

The waiver request was for Jackson to be closer to his sick mother, who lives in Quincy, about 25 miles northwest of Tallahassee.

"It was hurtful because I know what I came home for," Jackson told reporters after Tuesday's team practice. "I came home for my mom. So me, I'm just trying to get through it and be there for my mom. She thinks it's her fault, but it's not."

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Because he has already transferred once and is still an undergraduate student, Jackson had to petition the NCAA for a waiver to play immediately at Florida State. The NCAA allows student-athletes to transfer once without having to sit out a year.

Norvell said he was "extremely disappointed" by the NCAA's decision.

"Just the journey and the reason why he's here, just sad that he's going to miss games," Norvell said.

Jackson recorded 27 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks for the Hurricanes in 2022.