Miami Hurricanes’ DL Demetrius Jackson returns to practice

FSU quarterback Deondre Francois runs from Miami's Demetrius Jackson and Chad Thomas. (Getty Images)

FSU quarterback Deondre Francois runs from Miami’s Demetrius Jackson and Chad Thomas. (Getty Images)

Defensive lineman Demetrius Jackson, who injured a knee against North Carolina, returned to practice for the Miami Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Jackson leads the Hurricanes with 4.5 sacks despite missing the Virginia Tech and Notre Dame games.

His presence was immediately felt on the practice field, linebacker Shaq Quarterman said.

“It’s always great to get one of our guys back, especially D.J.,” Quarterman said. “He has such a bright spirit around him and just being out there, his aura carries him around.

“He’s always upbeat and he’s tremendously funny. He always gets you up when you’re feeling down and things like that. And he’s a vocal leader on the defensive line to everyone.”

Jackson, a redshirt sophomore from Miami-Booker T. Washington High, is 10th on team with 22 tackles, including 6.5 for loss.

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