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Myles Jack angry he can’t practice with Jaguars due to graduation rule


Once considered a lock to be a top-10 pick, Myles Jack slipped into the second round of the NFL Draft last month because of injury concerns. Jack will not be practicing with the Jaguars until next month, but that has nothing to do with his balky knee.

Instead, Jack has to wait a few more weeks to rejoin the team because of the NFL’s graduation rule, which prohibits players from officially joining their teams until the senior class at their school graduates.

“It really sucks,” the the former UCLA star said Tuesday, per Mike DiRocco of “That’s the best way I can put it.”

Unlike most schools, UCLA runs a quarter system for classes instead of having semesters. The final quarter doesn’t end until June 10, whereas most schools that have a semester system wrapped things up at the end of April or early May.

“I think I’m missing like a month and some change, and you can’t get that time back,” Jack said. “I’m going to make the most of it, and hopefully when I come in I’ll have the best idea of the playbook I possibly can so that way they can kind of clean me up and get me right.”

Jack says the Jaguars gave him an iPad loaded with the defensive playbook at rookie orientation, so he will be able to do plenty of work off the field. The NFL rule also does not prohibit teams from keeping contact with players, so he can still work with the coaches on some level.

If you heard what Jack said after falling out of the first round of the draft, you’ll understand why he is so anxious to get to work. Jaguars fans should appreciate the enthusiasm.

Photo: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Myles Jack: Fall out of first round was ‘humiliating’

Myles Jack UCLA

Myles Jack was one of the prospects in the NFL Draft green room for the first round on Thursday night, but he fell out of the first round. What’s that like?

Jack appeared on Monday’s Rich Eisen Show and described the experience as “humiliating.”

“It was, honestly, humiliating,” Jack admitted, via College Football 24/7’s Chase Goodbread. “It was embarrassing having to sit there, and afterwards walking out, having my girl to my left, my mom to my right, my grandmother to the right of her and having to look at them, it was a tough feeling,” Jack said. “It wasn’t a good night, truthfully.”

After that experience, Jack elected not to return for the second night of the draft, and it’s hard to blame him. He was eventually selected in the second round by the Jaguars at No. 36, and he’s using it as motivation.

“It’s all motivation and I actually appreciate it,” Jack said. “It’s made me hungry. It’s grounded me a lot.”

Jack’s fall was the result of a serious knee injury that the linebacker said may eventually require microfracture surgery. He says he will report to rookie minicamp on Thursday with no lingering limitations from the injury.

Myles Jack responds to health questions with dunking video (Video)


Former UCLA linebacker Myles Jack fell out of the first round Thursday night because of knee concerns despite being one of the more highly-rated prospects in the draft. On Friday, Jack seemed intent on trying to soothe those concerns.

In a video Jack posted to his Twitter account, the linebacker was seen throwing down a slam dunk without any issue.

A message to potential suitors? Yeah, probably.

Jack has said that he may need microfracture surgery on his knee at some point in the future, which is obviously a huge red flag. Now that he’s fallen out of the first round, he reportedly intends to skip night two of the draft, though he seems almost certain to be selected at some point Friday night.

Myles Jack will not attend draft on second night

Myles Jack UCLA

Myles Jack had one of the most disappointing nights on the first day of the NFL Draft, and he is in no mood to return to the scene of heartbreak.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the former UCLA linebacker/running back will not attend the second day of the draft on Friday and will instead watch from a hotel.

Ranked as a top prospect on some draft boards, Jack was not selected during the first round on Thursday. There has been a lot of talk about his knee injury making teams leery of taking him. It didn’t help when Jack himself said that he might need microfracture knee surgery at some point. However, the respected Dr. James Andrews apparently told Jack such surgery would not be necessary.

Jack suffered a season-ending knee injury during practice in late September. He had 15 tackles and an interception in three games during his brief junior season.

Myles Jack admits he could need microfracture surgery for knee

Myles Jack UCLA

Depending on who you ask, UCLA star linebacker Myles Jack could be going anywhere from the top 10 in the NFL Draft to slipping out of the first round. While his talent is undeniable, Jack had surgery on his knee seven months ago and there are concerns that the problems could linger.

On Wednesday, Jack probably didn’t do much to help his draft stock when discussing the condition of his knee. He admitted to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post that he could eventually need microfracture surgery.

Jack had previously joked about reports labeling his knee a “time bomb” and responded with an intense workout video. One orthopedic surgeon compared the cartilage issue in Jack’s knee to the injury Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has dealt with.

One report from earlier this week claimed that two teams have interest in moving up in the first round for Jack. Will those teams still be as high on him after hearing him talk about how a three-year NFL career is above average? We’ll soon have our answer.

Report: Dolphins could trade up for Ezekiel Elliott, Myles Jack

Myles Jack UCLA

The Miami Dolphins are reportedly interested in both UCLA linebacker Myles Jack and Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, and they might have to trade up in the draft for a shot at either player.

Armando Salguero of The Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins are exploring possibilities for moving up from their current spot at No. 13. While the team would be ecstatic if either Jack or Elliott slipped that far, the chances of it happening are not great.

The Dolphins would have been in prime position to land Jack or Elliott earlier this offseason, but they traded down from their former spot at No. 8 to acuire cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso from the Philadelphia Eagles. If Miami wants to move back into the top 10, the cost would not be cheap.

There has been some concern surrounding the status of Jack’s knee leading up to the draft, but Jason Cole of Bleacher Report noted on Monday that Dr. James Andrews is the one who repaired the cartilage in the knee and he has cleared Jack. While some teams might still be concerned about the red flag, Jack is still expected to be chosen early in the first round. Cole expects Jack to be a top-15 pick “no matter what.”

It’s worth mentioning that one of the teams that had the most interest in Elliott is no longer in play. The former Ohio State star is still hoping he gets chosen in the top five.

Myles Jack withdraws from UCLA to enter NFL Draft

Myles Jack UCLA

UCLA linebacker Myles Jack made a stunning decision on Tuesday to withdraw from school and declare for the NFL Draft.

Jack, a standout junior whose 2015 season ended last month when he suffered a knee injury during practice, has decided that he is going to take his chances heading to the NFL rather than returning to UCLA as a senior. Bruins coach Jim Mora wished Jack well but expressed some concerns over the decision.

“He’s taking his chips and shoving them into the middle, and we hope he draws a good hand,” Mora said. “When you look at the statistics and where underclassmen are drafted, it behooves anyone to stay for their final year. I think it’s very risky to do this. There’s a lot of speculation to … where he fits.”

Jack, who also takes snaps at running back, appeared in just two games this season. Mora said that could be an issue for some NFL teams.

“I’ve been in 25 draft rooms,” he said, per Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk. “I’ve never seen a guy taken off [two games of junior tape].”

While he may no longer be a first-round pick, there’s little question Jack will be drafted. Despite the knee injury, the 20-year-old is responsible for some of the most electrifying plays (this may be the best example) we have seen in college football over the past two years. He clearly feels his stock is high enough with or without having to rehab from a major injury.

UCLA loses star linebacker Myles Jack for season with knee injury

Myles Jack UCLA

Our long national nightmare is just beginning.

UCLA Football head coach Jim Mora announced on Wednesday that star linebacker Myles Jack will be out for the rest of the season with a “significant” knee injury.

The injury was apparently suffered in practice.

Jack, a true junior, made the All-Pac 12 team last year for the second time in his collegiate career. He burst onto the scene as a freshman for the Bruins in 2013, establishing himself as one of the most dominant two-way threats in the nation. Not only known for making impact plays all over the field as one of the team’s leading tacklers, Jack proved a lethal weapon in the backfield as well, getting touches as running back and doing things like this en route to racking up 10 touchdowns and 380 yards in just 66 carries over two seasons.

It’s an absolutely crippling blow for a Bruins defense that has already lost two other key defensive contributors in the span of a couple weeks. Starting defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes was lost for the season with a torn ACL earlier this month, and starting cornerback Fabian Moreau was just announced to have suffered a fractured foot in Saturday’s victory over BYU. And now Jack, with his playmaking abilities, is probably the most irreplaceable of the three.

The 6-foot-1, 245 pound Jack reacted on Twitter to the news of his season being over with three simple words:

Jack, who came up with the game-saving interception in that game against BYU, was projected to go in the first round of next year’s NFL Draft. As one of the most explosive and versatile athletes in the entire country, it will be interesting to see how the injury affects his plans for the future. With UCLA, ranked ninth in the nation, heading into a tough stretch in conference play starting next Saturday against Arizona, could we have possibly seen the last of Myles Jack in a UCLA uniform?

Excuse me while I go cry in a corner.

Budda Baker has sense of humor about Myles Jack stiffarm

Myles Jack stiffarm Budda Baker

Myles Jack ripped off an impressive 28-yard touchdown run on Saturday against Washington that included a stiffarm and spin move, both of which were executed to perfection.

Washington true freshman safety Budda Baker was on the receiving end of the stiffarm, but at least he has a good sense of humor about it.

Check out this tweet Baker sent on Sunday:

Hey, there’s nothing to be embarrassed about with that, Budda. You’re not the first and certainly won’t be the last player to feel the wrath of Jack.

Fun fact: Jack and Baker were teammates at Bellevue High School in Washington. Jack is disliked by some for going out of state for college.

Washington mocks Myles Jack’s finger licking TD celebration (Video)

Long before the Washington Huskies were blown out by UCLA at home on Saturday, one player decided to do a little smack-talking.

Following a Cyler Miles touchdown run to make it 14-10 Bruins in the second quarter — the closest margin of the entire game — a Huskies player ran by by the FOX TV cameras and did a finger lick. That’s the same celebration Washington native Myles Jack did last year after scoring a touchdown against his hometown Huskies.

During the week before Saturday’s game, Jack was asked about his finger-licking celebration and called it “immature.”

“That was just emotion, like you saw last week,” Jack said. “It was immature, looking back on it. My emotions were running high and I felt it was appropriate.”

Jack said he would be pumped up for the game and he was. He later made it 28-10 with an awesome, must-see touchdown run, and the Bruins got the last laugh with a 44-30 win.

Washington finger licking