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Jaguars offensive tackle Eben Britton visited EverBank Field last Friday to check in with the medical staff as he continues to rehab from his shoulder injury, which forced him to miss the second half of the 2010 season. 

After a brief stay in Jacksonville, Britton returned to the University of Arizona to resume classes.  Britton is enrolled in three classes this semester to complete requirements for a bachelor's degree in creative writing. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree as Eben's mother, Abbie, is a Columbia University graduate and has made a career as a journalist.

Every NFL player is deserving of a break after a long season, but five Jaguars players including Britton went straight from the field to the classroom. 

The NFL's Continuing Education Program (CEP) assists current and former NFL players in completing their undergraduate degree, pursue graduate studies and utilize other educational opportunities to prepare for life after football. 

Here's a look at the other players on the Jaguars' current roster who are taking classes in the offseason:

Wide receiver Nate Hughes

Hughes is back at Alcorn State where he earned a bachelor's degree in nursing.  He is continuing his education by taking four classes, 12 hours, of graduate classes toward a master's degree in nursing.  

Wide receiver Mike Thomas

The Jaguars' leading receiver is finishing his final three classes at the University of Arizona for a degree in communications.  He is currently taking classes in accounting, business technology and communications with his sights set on receiving his degree in May.

Defensive tackle Nate Collins

Collins is taking two classes this semester and will have a couple more left to complete his degree in psychology from the University of Virginia.

Defensive end Aaron Morgan

2010 rookie free agent Aaron Morgan is back on the campus of Louisiana-Monroe completing his final class for a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.  Morgan will receive his degree following the end of the semester. 

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