Two more players call it quits

Two players who practiced with UNLV last week in Las Vegas didn't make the trip north to Ely on Friday afternoon after deciding to quit the team.

Former starting quarterback Jarrod Jackson, who was moved to safety during spring practice, has decided to bypass his final year of eligibility to concentrate on life after football after earning his degree last year.

"He had graduated and I think he had felt that it would be hard for him to keep playing," UNLV coach Mike Sanford said. "I wanted him to come back and be a part of this football team but he just felt like it was time to move on to the next thing."

Jackson started six games for the Rebels at quarterback in 2005 when starter Shane Steichen was injured and threw for 1,321 yards, 12 interceptions and six touchdowns. He passed for 356 yards in a loss to Utah.

Perhaps more surprising than Jackson's decision to hang them up was the news that junior walk-on linebacker Mark Seward, younger brother of former Rebel star LB Adam Seward, had decided to quit after just one week of practice.

Mark Seward originally signed with Nevada out of Bonanza High School after UNLV offered him the chance to get a mid-year (grayshirt) scholarship. At the time former UNLV head coach John Robinson was criticized for the decision by some supporters, especially after Wolf Pack Chris Ault went out of his way to hail the signing as a key one when it came to recruiting in southern Nevada for the Wolf Pack. Robinson and his staff felt the 5-11, 230-pounder was too small to play LB at the Division I level.

Seward eventually left Nevada after being switched to fullback and attended Saddleback JC last year.

"He made a decision to leave us," Sanford said simply.

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