Amid the excitement of the first day of fall camp and the commitment of four-star safety Bryce Anderson, Texas A&M fans got some decidedly bad news on Friday, as news broke that Aggie DT McKinnley Jackson has been arrested on two drug charges, one of which is a felony. Jackson has been suspended by the team indefinitely.
News: Texas A&M's starting defensive tackle was arrested on felony drug charges. https://t.co/zDKlJox5AB— Shehan Jeyarajah (@ShehanJeyarajah) August 6, 2021
The details of these charges are not yet public, so it’s hard to know what the future might hold for Jackson. After working his way into the defensive tackle rotation in 2020, he was projected to take over the starting role vacated by Bobby Brown, alongside senior Jayden Peevy. You have to think Jackson is at least facing a suspension to start the season, if he even remains on the roster at all. This is terrible news for the A&M football team, but obviously much more so for Jackson himself.
From a roster perspective, the good news is that defensive line is an area where A&M has recruited very well, and is currently one of the deepest positions they have. If Jackson does miss games, expect that lineup hole to be filled by some combination of Adarious Jones, Albert Regis, Isaiah Raikes, Dallas Walker or freshmen Shemar Turner (a DE who could also likely play inside) and Tunmise Adeleye.