Harrison Jackson still in hospital

Updated: November 11, 2013, 6:53 PM ET
By Jack McCluskey | Special to ESPNBoston.com

Boston College wideout Harrison Jackson remained in a Texas hospital Monday after collapsing and having trouble breathing on his way to the sideline following a big hit against New Mexico State on Saturday, according to coach Steve Addazio.

The 6-foot-2, 201-pound sophomore ran an out route from the right slot on a third-and-7 in the third quarter, and just as he caught Chase Rettig's pass Jackson was hit hard by Aggies linebacker Trashaun Nixon.

Nixon appeared to briefly leave his feet as he drilled Jackson in the chest, knocking the ball free. And though Jackson got up immediately after the hit, he didn't make it all the way to the sideline before going to the ground, where trainers attended to him and helped him to the bench.

"We're trying to get word today if he'll be able to travel home," Addazio said in his weekly media session Monday after his team's 48-34 win Saturday. "That's a serious situation there that obviously we're very concerned [about] and very in touch with. Our thoughts and prayers are with him. He's recovering right now and we're hopeful to get him home here, hopefully tonight, but I don't know that that will happen."

Monday morning, Jackson posted the following message on Twitter:

A few hours later, he posted another message:

Addazio said he didn't believe Jackson lost consciousness after the hit -- which also appeared to leave Nixon shaken up -- and that the brunt of the blow seemed to have been to Jackson's chest.

"He was having a hard time breathing," the coach said. "Certainly there was a lot of trauma to the chest. ... He's healing. He's in good spirits. We've communicated with him several times and with his folks. So hopefully we get him here tonight and if not tonight then hopefully certainly tomorrow. We need to get him back here around his team and his family."

Prior to the injury, Jackson had one catch for 7 yards and a touchdown. In four games this season Jackson has four catches for 37 yards and one touchdown.

Losing the wideout was another severe blow to BC's receiving corps, which the week prior lost sophomore tight end Brian Miller (knee injury) and two weeks prior lost receiver/kick returner Spiffy Evans (broken collar bone).

Jack McCluskey is a contributor to ESPNBoston.com.

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