Nebraska nickel back Charles Jackson will undergo knee surgery and is expected to miss the entire 2014 season, Bo Pelini confirmed on Thursday night.
Jackson was injured during practice on Tuesday and initially listed as "day-to-day." After additional tests revealed ligament damage in his knee, Pelini announced that he would undergo surgery and take a medical redshirt.
"After evaluating it, for his long-term best interest, they're going to go ahead and fix it," Pelini said via the Lincoln Star-Journal. "It's not a horrible injury. It's a very unusual injury. When they determined whether they wanted to rehab it and come back, they determined for him long-term that the best thing was to go ahead and fix it now. He'll come back. He'll be better than ever when he comes back."
Jackson was expected to start at nickel back for the Huskers defense in 2013. His absence opens the door for junior-college transfer Byerson Cockrell to step in and compete for a starting spot. The Star-Journal also listed true freshmen Josh Kalu and Trai Mosley as players that could see more playing time.