Linebacker Andrew Jackson suspended indefinitely

WKU’s Andrew Jackson celebrates after a defensive stop during their game against Navy at Western Kentucky University on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

Elliott Pratt

WKU has announced that senior linebacker Andrew Jackson has been suspended indefinitely from the Hilltopper football team and will not travel with the team to Georgia State Saturday.

A source close to the program said the suspension comes as a violation of team rules and is not drug or alcohol related. 
Jackson will have to opportunity to potentially earn a place back on the team in time for WKU’s contest at Army Nov. 9.
Head coach Bobby Petrino has issued the following statement:
“Andrew did not meet the expectations we put forth every week for all of our players. There are certain conditions in place for him to meet before he returns to the team, and if he meets those conditions, he will be welcomed back for the Army game.”

The Lakeland, Fla. product was tabbed the Sun Belt Conference preseason Defensive Player of the Year and has recorded 59 tackles this season, 4.5 for loss for the Hilltoppers. 

Sophomore Daqual Randall will likely start in place of Jackson at middle linebacker. Randall earned the start at linebacker over Jackson in WKU’s week 3 loss at South Alabama and has recorded eight tackles in five games this season.