Arkansas head football coach Sam Pittman announced Monday afternoon that senior cornerback Jerry Jacobs is opting out for the remainder of the 2020 season.
Jacobs joined the team this season after playing for two years at Arkansas State. He started the first three games and has been a significant part of Arkansas’s defense this year with a total of 17 tackles and 249 snaps.
During Pittman’s press conference Monday afternoon, he confirmed Jacobs’ departure after being asked if Jacobs was versatile enough to play different spots in the secondary.
“He certainly would be,” Pittman said. “Jerry Jacobs has opted out, so he is no longer on the football team.”
Jacobs battled some injuries in the first four games and was slated to return after his injury healed, but he would have been behind walk-on Hudson Clark.
Jacobs is the fourth Razorback player to opt out of the season behind redshirt freshman wide receiver Shamar Nash, redshirt senior offensive lineman Chibueze Nwanna and redshirt junior cornerback Jarques McClellion.
Jacobs' reason for opting out of his final season was to declare for the NFL draft, he wrote in a now deleted tweet. After working hard for the opportunity to play for the NFL, Jacobs said he thinks now is the right time to pursue his goal.
Montaric Brown is expected to replace Jacobs in this week's game against No. 8 Texas A&M after recovering from an upper-body injury sustained Oct. 3 in the game against Mississippi State. Hudson Clark received national attention for his performance against Ole Miss, one of two games Brown was out for.
Clark and Brown could be on the field at the same time in the upcoming game because the players cross-trained several different positions during preseason training.
The Razorbacks’ are preparing to play against the Aggies after having a bye week. They will play Saturday in College Station at Texas A&M at 6:30 p.m. and the game can be found on the SEC Network.