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Calvin Jackson Jr. can return to Washington State for his fifth year of eligibility

He only played in four games this season.

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A year after the Washington State Cougars played nine true freshman in four games or fewer—and 11 true freshman overall—that number dwindled this season to four:

  • Travion Brown
  • Cosmas Kwete
  • Nicholas Sheetz
  • Simon Samarzich

Brown played in all 12 games, Samarzich in 11, Kwete in 10 and Sheetz in two.

That means Sheetz retains his redshirt and will still be a freshman next season. The others will be old, gray-haired sophomores.

That’s just the true freshman, though. Other players who haven’t used a redshirt season are also eligible for an extra year if they play in four or fewer games.

Like Calvin Jackson Jr.

The JUCO product played in four games in his second season in Pullman, seeing the field against New Mexico State, Arizona State, Stanford and Oregon State. He had a key touchdown against Oregon State in that wild win, where every touchdown was key.

All signs point to WSU keeping Jackson Jr. out of the Cheez-It Bowl, especially when Chief of Staff Dave Emerick indicated that was the plan on a previous podcast (I can’t for the life of me find it, but some of my fellow CougCenter authors said it happened, so trust us you will).

Jackson Jr. was in a battle with Davontavean Martin and Rodrick Fisher at the X receiver position. Unless things change between now and then, all three will return. Of course, position changes have happened a time or two at the receiver position, so we could see someone move to the Z position, or even inside. I guess we’ll find out in the spring, at the soonest.

There was also this cryptic tweet from Jackson Jr. sent yesterday:

Could mean something, could mean nothing.

For now, all signs point to Jackson Jr. returning next season, which is a good get for the WSU offense.



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