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|Western Kentucky linebacker Andrew Jackson has been suspended indefinitely by coach Bobby Petrino.|
First-year Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino has suspended star middle linebacker Andrew Jackson, one of the top prospects in the nation at his position, indefinitely, according to therepublic.com. Petrino would only say the suspension came as a result of a team rules violation, but indicated Jackson (6-foot-1, 257 pounds) could return as soon as a Nov. 9 game against Army if he meets the conditions of his suspension.
Jackson is ranked the No. 83 senior draft prospect in the nation by NFL Digitial Media analyst Gil Brandt.
Last week, the preseason Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year made a team-high seven stops in a 32-26 loss to Troy. Jackson has had a solid season for the Hilltoppers with 59 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss, but it's been fellow linebacker Xavius Boyd who has been the top playmaker on the WKU defense. The 6-2, 242-pound senior linebacker, a fringe draft prospect, has 6.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss to go with a team-high 73 stops.
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