Jags' Joeckel out for season
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 23:10
The Aggies offensive line may be in good shape, but the same cannot be said for the Jacksonville Jaguars and former Texas A&M standout left tackle, Luke Joeckel.
After losing to the Rams Sunday and starting the season at 0-5, the Jaguars will now be without their best pass protector, Joeckel, for the remainder of the 2013 season after he suffered a high right ankle fracture.
Days before the Jags squared off against the Rams, the franchise traded left tackle Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens for a pair of late-round picks, clearing the path for Joeckel to slide to the left side of the line to protect quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s blind side.
But with Monroe suiting up for the Ravens and Joeckel wearing a cap on the sideline, the Jaguars find themselves searching for a placeholder until they can replenish their roster during the off-season.
Senior communication major Peter Acquisto, said trading Monroe shows the Jaguar’s commitment to developing Joeckel into one of the premier pass blockers in the NFL.
“[It’s] a tough break for an Aggie getting his first start at left tackle,” Acquisto said. “With the trade of Eugene Monroe it’s clear that the Jags have made serious commitment to Luke [Joeckel]. I believe he will come back and have long, productive career in the NFL.”
Senior accounting major Nomaan Ali said he did not think this ankle injury would affect Joeckel’s long term performance.
“I actually saw the injury happen while I was watching the game,” Ali said. “It's unfortunate and I hope he has a speedy recovery, and I still believe he can live up to his potential. But you never know, Johnny [Manziel] or [Mike] Matthews could team up with him next season.”
After earning the starting left tackle role as a true freshman, Joeckel started the next 39 games of his collegiate career for the Aggies. As a junior, Joeckel was awarded the Outland Trophy — given to the best collegiate interior lineman — and the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, which is presented annually to the top blocker in the SEC.
Joeckel forwent his senior season at A&M to declare for the draft, in which the Jaguars took him second overall.