Tennessee dismisses DB Janzen Jackson

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley dismissed safety Janzen Jackson

from the team on Wednesday as the junior’s personal issues had

apparently become too much of a distraction.

Jackson withdrew from school in February to address personal

issues but enrolled again in July and was reinstated to the Vols

earlier this month as fall camp began. Dooley said after Tuesday’s

practice that Jackson would remain with the team on a day-to-day


Dooley did not specify what actions ultimately led to the Lake

Charles, La., native’s dismissal on Wednesday.

”Our program has devoted a tremendous amount of energy,

resources, support, and care in an effort to help Janzen manage his

personal challenges,” Dooley said. ”I will always be there to

help him as a person, but there comes a time when a player’s

actions preclude him from the privilege of playing for the

University of Tennessee football team.

”Although I’m disappointed with this outcome, we will never

compromise the long-term organizational values and goals we

maintain here at Tennessee,” he said.

After the Vols’ Aug. 8 practice, Jackson said he was happy to be

back on the field after dealing with what he said were personal

issues and family problems. He and Dooley met frequently while

Jackson was not with the team.

Jackson made 69 tackles and had a team-high five interceptions

in 2010 which led to 114 interception return yards. He had made 22

starts in 23 games over two seasons with the Vols, and was expected

to be a key part of the Volunteers’ secondary.

Dooley’s decision comes as the Vols wrap up fall practice. The

team had a mock game scheduled for Wednesday night and planned to

take a few days off before beginning preparation for the Sept. 3

opener against Montana.