PROVO — BYU redshirt freshman running back Jackson McChesney suffered a season-ending injury in the Cougars’ 55-3 season-opening victory over Navy, he announced on his Instagram account Thursday.
The 6-foot, 205-pounder from Highland rushed 11 times for 56 yards and a touchdown in Monday’s thumping of the Midshipmen.
“The season started and ended for me real quick. Due to a few torn ligaments in my foot I am unable to continue with the 2020 season,” McChesney wrote. “I had a successful surgery this morning & I’m hoping for a quick recovery. I can’t wait to get back out on the field with the boys next fall.”
In 2019, the former Lone Peak star rushed for 274 yards as a true freshman — with 228 of those coming on 15 carries in BYU’s win over UMass. That performance broke the freshman record at BYU for single-game rushing and it was the sixth-best all-time rushing performance in school history.
Against Navy, the Cougars rushed for 301 yards, including 132 by Tyler Allgeier and 80 by Lopini Katoa. Other running backs on the depth chart include Sione Finau, who is coming back from an injury sustained last season; junior college transfer Hinckley Ropati, who is also currently injured; Luc Andrada; Javelle Brown; and Chase Wester. Another running back, freshman Bruce Garrett, entered the transfer portal in August.
McChesney is the second BYU offensive player to be lost for the season. Earlier this month, BYU tight end Matt Bushman suffered an Achilles injury and underwent surgery.
This story will be updated.