Iowa offensive tackle Alaric Jackson suspended for the Pinstripe Bowl

Freshman started the first 12 games of his career

Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa (94) tries to get past offensive lineman Alaric Jackson (77) during Kids' Day at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, August 12, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)
Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa (94) tries to get past offensive lineman Alaric Jackson (77) during Kids' Day at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Saturday, August 12, 2017. (Cliff Jette/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Iowa will be without left offensive tackle Alaric Jackson in its Pinstripe Bowl matchup against Boston College next week, head coach Kirk Ferentz said Wednesday.

Jackson, a 6-7, 320-pound redshirt freshman from Detroit, Mich., was suspended for a violation of team policy. He will travel to New York with the team, but he won’t play in the game, snapping a streak of 12 starts in his first season in the lineup.

Ferentz didn’t say what the specific violation was, but it’s a team thing and not a legal issue.

“He’s done a good job in the interim,” Ferentz said. “He’s worked hard so far to meet the goals we’ve put in front of him. As long as he continues to do that, he’ll be with the team but not dressed for the ballgame.”

Ferentz said true freshman Tristan Wirfs, who started the last seven games at right tackle, has practiced at left tackle and likely will start there. Sophomore Levi Paulsen (6-5, 305) has been practicing at right tackle.

Wirfs likely will line up across from Boston College defensive end Harold Landry, an all-American caliber player who led the nation with 16.5 sacks last season, setting BC’s season record. Landry has 21.0 sacks in his career, third in BC history.

Junior safety Brandon Snyder will not make the bowl trip following his OWI arrest on Dec. 10.

As you might imagine, “Brandon is very understandably apologetic,” Ferentz said. “He’s remorseful. He will not be with us. When he comes back from the spring term, we’ll try to move forward here and have some things set in place for him, some requirements to reach as he gets back into good standing with our football team.”

Senior safety Miles Taylor will travel with the team, but won’t play. Ferentz said he’s had a recent surgery and has been playing through injury.

“It’s a big loss because Miles has played a lot of good football for us,” Ferentz said, “but more importantly a strong team leader, a tremendous young man.”

On the topic of departures, Ferentz said he didn’t think there had been any since the end of the season. The Des Moines Register talked to safety Noah Clayberg, a Pella native, and he plans to transfer. Ferentz didn’t confirm that. He did, however, add that a few other players, likely non-starters, won’t be on the bowl trip.

“There are a couple other guys who won’t be on the trip,” Ferentz said. “Again, their effort, their consistency, accountability, being on time, those kinds of things, we’re trying to teach some guys maybe to be a little bit more responsible for their actions, kind of grow up a little bit.”

Ferentz also said sophomore running back Toks Akinribade is recovering from a medical procedure and won’t travel, instead remaining home in Brownsburg, Ind.

Ferentz said he couldn’t discuss the procedure because of federal healthcare privacy laws.

“We don’t have the consent of his parents or the athlete,” Ferentz said. “I hope everybody can respect that. The family has really explicitly asked everybody to appreciate their privacy.”

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