The loss of Jackson for any amount of time makes for a thin depth chart at the position for the spring and Norvell acknowledged that as an area of concern right now. "We're concerned, because we're very thin at that position until we get our other guys in the fall." Norvell said.
While the staff waits for the fall, one of most significant factors for the spring now appears to be keeping Ross safe from harm. "We've got to keep him healthy," Norvell said. "We want to be smart. He's got to bang, but we also have to keep him healthy."
"We've got to leave spring with a healthy Cory Ross."
Jackson's loss will be the gain of other running backs fighting for position on that depth chart. Marque McCray, recently moved over to the position and walk-on Thomas Lawson, both are expected to be considerable increases in their reps for the remainder of spring, though Lawson has been serving double-duty at both running back and fullback.
Norvell said that in addition to increased reps, especially for McCray, the fullbacks might also see more action running the ball, along with possibly more passing during the first live scrimmage on Saturday.
"We'll just kind of get through it," he said. "Spring is about contact and growing and we are giving a lot of guys a chance."