Closer look at the UT players arrested

A look at the three Tennessee players involved in today's armed robbery case:

Janzen Jackson

On the field: The safety has drawn comparisons to star Eric Berry, and at times the Vols have strongly hinted Jackson might eventually be better than the All-American.

Jackson has earned a reputation as a fierce hitter, started every game after the opener until last week and had 33 tackles, a forced fumble and a recovery so far this year.

Off the field: Reportedly was in trouble with the coaching staff as early as preseason camp and was suspended for last week’s game against Memphis.

What Kiffin said: “I think he’s going to be an All-American player as long as he stays healthy and keeps practicing hard and preparing hard. He’s one of the hardest guys at practice. He gets it. His dad has done a great job raising him.” — Sept. 22.

Nu’Keese Richardson

On the field: The wide receiver has shown flashes of the athleticism that made him such a prized recruit, but there haven’t been many. Richardson took a direct snap for 41 yards on the first play of the game against Auburn and caught three passes for 54 yards and a touchdown last week, but he’s been a disappointment on special teams.

Off the field: Some frustration at his role, an inability to make big plays early in his first season and perhaps some homesickness contributed to his missing practice last week before playing Memphis, though the Vols thought they had put that issue to bed and he played in the game.

What Kiffin said: “We try to teach our kids how to deal with adversity. That’s what matters. It’s always going to happen in football and in life, but how do you deal with it? Do you sit around and pout and complain, do you bring other people down? Or do you just control what you can control and go work extremely hard, and Nu’Keese did that last week.” — Sunday.

Mike Edwards

On the field: The defensive back hasn’t really tapped into his potential this season, but he had appeared in all eight games and make five tackles — including three on Saturday against Memphis. During his senior season in high school in Glenville, Ohio, Edwards racked up five interceptions and 34 tackles.

Off the field: Edwards has consistently been rumored to be in trouble with both the law and the coaching staff, though the whispers have also been dismissed as often by people around the team.

What Kiffin said: “Mike is very physical at corner for us. I think eventually he will be a great player.” — Aug. 22.

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jasonsvols writes:

1st

DownTheField writes:

wow... journalism at the cutting edge

teampenny#658108 writes:

When is LK going to address the players behavior? I hope this does not effect the outcome of upcoming game.

SEAL_9821 writes:

Sad situation and a waste of talent. Just hope the boys learn and use it as a building tool later in life for whatever they are doing.

1BigOrangeVol writes:

Here is my closer look: they are all dumbazzes-kick them off the team and keep movin'. We've got Ole Miss Saturday. Go Vols!

mtvols writes:

It wouldn't surprise me if this isn't addressed until after Saturday's game.

SEAL_9821 writes:

Young men like this need to seriously be in the military for a couple of years to help them grow and mature a little before they face the real world. I'd like to give them a little taste of BUD'S Training to see how quick they grow up.

DownTheField writes:

in response to Rok_Etop:

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why? this is a video clip of a little girl playing bball for those of you who may think this is football related

baldfan writes:

on the bright side, Brushy Mountain's Mean Machine con football team just got a lot better. Maybe they will beat the Guards this year!?

doh writes:

what a waste of talent. did they really think they would get away with this?

Rick4UT writes:

This makes me sick...Tell me it is not true.
GO VOLS !!!!

ethanfrome writes:

in response to DownTheField:

why? this is a video clip of a little girl playing bball for those of you who may think this is football related

He has posted this crapp over-and-over for months on any and all articles.

DownTheField writes:

in response to ethanfrome:

He has posted this crapp over-and-over for months on any and all articles.

what a moron

coachbenchpressfakebakes writes:

Hmmm, maybe we will compete with Florida sooner than expected.

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

like has been said many, many times.... withhold the judgment on Janzen Jackson, there's a lot of stuff out there saying that he was the one in the bunch who didn't do anything wrong, and there's been review of the surveillance tape where it looks like he did the opposite of agging it on...that he may have even sort of broke it all up.

jet writes:

You know what? Kids do stupid things. I have raised 2 boys and have grandsons. Although I have never done anything like this, nor have my children or grandchildren.... we have all done dumb things. It goes along with youth. Has something to do with the part of the brain that comes up with ideas developing before the reasoning part of the brain does. Boys are just born that way. I think everybody needs to get a grip.
#1. There is a possibility that this is not exactly as it appears.
#2. If they did it, then they should suffer the consequences. But I sincerely hope they get whatever they need to get their lives back on the right track.
These are talented young men and I do not want to see them waste their lives.
The UT footbal program will go foward and be successful. I just want these young people to do the same. I also hope that others will learn from this... the "gangsta rap mess" is not a positive thing. They keep this music in their ears and the messages seep into their thought processes. Get rid of the negative influences!! Life is difficult enough when you put good messages in the brain, but almost impossible when you load the brain and body with unnecessary poop.

Halls3 writes:

Is it me or is it kind of ironic that Kiffin "stole" Nu'Keese from UF & now he stole his way into prison. Why is Kiffin waiting to kick them off? What are they waiting to talk the people out of pressing charges so that UT can spin this positively to keep these players in school. This is starting to look like a sham to me. Brandon Warren & others have been kicked off the team for less. Of course these are Kiffin's guys not Fulmer's so it must sting some to have to let your own guys go instead of blaming the issues on the previous staff.

Chomp writes:

So Lane Kiffin brags about having been ob the job 11 months....and no arrests. Then 24 hours later....wham....it hits right between the eyes.

Not one of those three were recruited by Fulmer. One of the three was Richardson whom Kiffin boasted gleefully that he had yanked from Urban on signing day.

You can't make stuff like this up!

atlvolunteer writes:

in response to supersmo18:

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that is an incredibly stupid video, but the real idiots are nu'keese richardson, janzen jackson(hopefully not) and mike edwards. get em off the team, including jasckson unless he is CLEARLY innocent. and i don't mean like he was hanging back or waiting in the car or something. i mean he was there independently of these guys. Also i just heard chris low on espn say on of the reasons janzen jackson was suspended was because he had failed a drug test?

Chomp writes:

in response to coachbenchpressfakebakes:

Hmmm, maybe we will compete with Florida sooner than expected.

'Fraid you went right by us....three at a single swoop. That's got to be a record. The most we ever had was one at a time.

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

in response to Halls3:

Is it me or is it kind of ironic that Kiffin "stole" Nu'Keese from UF & now he stole his way into prison. Why is Kiffin waiting to kick them off? What are they waiting to talk the people out of pressing charges so that UT can spin this positively to keep these players in school. This is starting to look like a sham to me. Brandon Warren & others have been kicked off the team for less. Of course these are Kiffin's guys not Fulmer's so it must sting some to have to let your own guys go instead of blaming the issues on the previous staff.

the delay is stemming off of an incident that happened at Penn State a while back. Paterno kicked a kid off the team because of an arrest such as this one, and as it turned out, the kid was innocent. The family sued Penn State and won. So Kiffin is probably trying to dig his way to the bottom of this before making a final judgment. He's trying to find out if this was a practical joke that didn't go so well, just how involved was Janzen Jackson, if there was more to this story than has been told.... All stuff that you should know before you completely pass judgment. I think either way in this, Mike Edwards and Nukeese Richardson can hit the road, they have both caused prior problems, and even if this was just a "practical joke" it was a VERY stupid one.

Skullz_VOL writes:

It is sad that people take pleasure in these young men ruining their lives. It is not only non Vol fans. Idiot Vol fans take pleasure rival schools having the same problem. I love the game of football and hate to see anyone, no matter what team they play for, ruin their lives over something so stupid. GO VOLS!!

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

word so far is that Janzen Jackson had his bail erased and was released, with charges dropped. Apparently Mike Edwards has been released too... not sure if on Bond or not. Nukeese is still in jail.

Skullz_VOL writes:

in response to Chomp:

'Fraid you went right by us....three at a single swoop. That's got to be a record. The most we ever had was one at a time.

And you sound so proud. LOL

SmokeyHound writes:

three down thirty to go...we are comin after you florida

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

in response to mbible1utk#324980:

word so far is that Janzen Jackson had his bail erased and was released, with charges dropped. Apparently Mike Edwards has been released too... not sure if on Bond or not. Nukeese is still in jail.

just saw... Edwards did have to post bond to be released.

SmokeyHound writes:

WHY DOES EVERYBODY MAKE SUCH A BIG DEAL OUT OF THIS WHEN FLORIDA GETS 22 PEOPLE ARRESTED THERE IISNT A BIG DEAL AT ALL!!!! JUST KEEP IT QUIET!!! THESE LOSERS SHOULD BE KICKED OFF THE TEAM!!! GO VOLS!

Halls3 writes:

in response to mbible1utk#324980:

the delay is stemming off of an incident that happened at Penn State a while back. Paterno kicked a kid off the team because of an arrest such as this one, and as it turned out, the kid was innocent. The family sued Penn State and won. So Kiffin is probably trying to dig his way to the bottom of this before making a final judgment. He's trying to find out if this was a practical joke that didn't go so well, just how involved was Janzen Jackson, if there was more to this story than has been told.... All stuff that you should know before you completely pass judgment. I think either way in this, Mike Edwards and Nukeese Richardson can hit the road, they have both caused prior problems, and even if this was just a "practical joke" it was a VERY stupid one.

Janzen Jackson is guilty by association. He was in a car with marijuana & had to know what was going on. He can't be that stupid or he wouldn't be playing football. I can understand not kicking them off yet but at least suspend them indefinately. Chip Kain's Facebook says it best read the arrest warrents.

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

I bet you'd rather take a closer look at this!

www.myspace.com/renegaderenegade

Hounddog writes:

Local sports talk show host in Memphis said the rest of the team has been upset with Curly, Larry, and Moe and won't be upset if they are gone. Anyone in Knoxville shed light on this?

If so it will only inspire Saturday's effort by the Vols.

Expect the Ole Miss crowd to have somekind of chant ready try to distract the team more than the news. But, this staff will have them prepared to continue with the focus of improving this program.

If ever the Hounddog meant it...Let play FOOTBALL. Hounddog.

volsgirl writes:

GO VOLS DO NOT LET THIS GET YOU DOW .....BEAT MISS

RJ_Vol writes:

Adios three amigos!

CHS52VOL writes:

Degree of guilt of each of the players involved is a matter for the legal system. All were present when an armed robbery was attempted and in a car where drugs and drug paraphanalia were found.

Coach Lane Kiffin has impressed me because he has done exactly what he said he would do. Failure to kick all three of these guys off the football team will make him the butt of constant jokes, and rightly so. He needs to act firmly and quickly. The actions of these players have harmed their teammates, coaching staff, the entire athletic dept, the University and the fan base. No student should feel safe on campus at night with these guys running around loose. Their athletic skills should play no part in the decision to kick them off the team and off campus. Coach Kiffin, the world is watching - don't blow it!

BarrenPlainsVol writes:

I wonder if they were wearing capes....

dowhatsright writes:

in response to Halls3:

Janzen Jackson is guilty by association. He was in a car with marijuana & had to know what was going on. He can't be that stupid or he wouldn't be playing football. I can understand not kicking them off yet but at least suspend them indefinately. Chip Kain's Facebook says it best read the arrest warrents.

Your statement isn't necessarily true. First, "Guilt by association"? They were his teammates, was he supposed to not associate with them? They asked him if he wanted to go to the convenience store. How was he to know what they might do? I understand he was inside the store at the time. As for being in a car with marijuana, how would he know it was in a purse or pocket? When you were a teenager din't you ever get in a car with other teens who then did something you didn't know would happen? I remember 2 cases: we were driving around and they had beer under the seat that I didn't know about and another time someone threw something at a mailbox. I didn't call the police either time. This happened 40 years ago. Are you sure this couldn't have happened to you or a son or nephew if they were a football player? If you never had any close calls you were either lucky or very sheltered or very mature for your age.

dowhatsright writes:

in response to Halls3:

Is it me or is it kind of ironic that Kiffin "stole" Nu'Keese from UF & now he stole his way into prison. Why is Kiffin waiting to kick them off? What are they waiting to talk the people out of pressing charges so that UT can spin this positively to keep these players in school. This is starting to look like a sham to me. Brandon Warren & others have been kicked off the team for less. Of course these are Kiffin's guys not Fulmer's so it must sting some to have to let your own guys go instead of blaming the issues on the previous staff.

Ahhhh, I see where you are coming from...I read your later posts and followed them to this earlier one. You aren't really interested in what's right or fair - you either revenge, to stir things up, or to say "I told you so". You either aren't a Vol fan or you don't like Kiffen and have a bone to pick.

Halls3 writes:

in response to dowhatsright:

Your statement isn't necessarily true. First, "Guilt by association"? They were his teammates, was he supposed to not associate with them? They asked him if he wanted to go to the convenience store. How was he to know what they might do? I understand he was inside the store at the time. As for being in a car with marijuana, how would he know it was in a purse or pocket? When you were a teenager din't you ever get in a car with other teens who then did something you didn't know would happen? I remember 2 cases: we were driving around and they had beer under the seat that I didn't know about and another time someone threw something at a mailbox. I didn't call the police either time. This happened 40 years ago. Are you sure this couldn't have happened to you or a son or nephew if they were a football player? If you never had any close calls you were either lucky or very sheltered or very mature for your age.

Considering it has been said that Jackson's suspension was due to a possible drug test failure there is doubt there. It sounds to me like they spent all their money on weed & had the munchies. That's fine I understand but that isn't acceptable still. UT has a policy where felony charges result in automatic expulsion from school. They've been charged with a felony so expel them. That's how it works for everyday students trust me I've had friends make these mistakes & were removed from the university before they had a chance to appeal the charges at hand.

senracjr writes:

in response to Chomp:

'Fraid you went right by us....three at a single swoop. That's got to be a record. The most we ever had was one at a time.

Lets see... one at a time X one hundred times doesn't equal 3 at one time once!

senracjr writes:

From Volquest
Lane Kiffin repeatedly declined comment Thursday afternoon in the wake of the arrests of three Tennessee freshman football players at a Cumberland Avenue gas station near the University of Tennessee.

True freshmen defensive back Mike Edwards, safety Janzen Jackson and wideout Nu'Keese Richardson were arrested and charged with armed robbery early Thursday morning.

"Just as (athletics director) Mike Hamilton said today, we're gathering all the information in and until then we really have nothing for you," Kiffin said. "The only thing I can give is that Janzen has been released and we'll deal with the three situations coming up. But until we have all the information, I can't comment any further on it."

Kiffin likewise refused to rule out Jackson, who at that time was the only player who had been released from jail, for Saturday's game at Ole Miss. Meanwhile, Jackson was on campus Thursday evening to meet with Kiffin and other UT athletics department personnel following the Vols' practice and his afternoon release from jail.

"I have to get all the information in and talk to all the people and figure out exactly what happened," Kiffin said. "Like I said, the only thing I have on it is that Janzen has been released."

Shortly after Kiffin's comments following the Vols' final practice before Saturday's game at Ole Miss, Edwards was released from jail after making bond of $19,500. Edwards was required to provide 10 percent of the bond - $1,950. It was unclear if Edwards would also meet with Kiffin and Hamilton tonight.

Saban_Palin writes:

Thug1, Thug2, Thug3

SmokeyHound writes:

what losers. idiots. i didnt like nukeese to begin with. i hope this doesnt effect out performance.

JUST GO OUT THERE AND KICK THE CR@P OUT OF OLE MISS

coachbenchpressfakebakes writes:

in response to Chomp:

So Lane Kiffin brags about having been ob the job 11 months....and no arrests. Then 24 hours later....wham....it hits right between the eyes.

Not one of those three were recruited by Fulmer. One of the three was Richardson whom Kiffin boasted gleefully that he had yanked from Urban on signing day.

You can't make stuff like this up!

You're right Richardson was recruited by Kiffin and not Fulmer. You're also right that Urban wanted Richardson as well. Its hilarious that you're passing judgement on Kiffin about a kid that Florida wanted.

Urb has set a precedent on discipline for all others in the SEC to follow and by this standard just sit them all for the first half of Ole Miss.

Then maybe they'll increase their own suspensions.

Indeed you can not make stuff like this up!

Oh and by the way I lived in Jax in the late 80's before Spurrier. There was easily more Dawg fans there than UF fans. Before Spurrier UF had 0 football tradition.

Before Spurrier the only two SEC teams to have never won the conference in football? UF and Vandy.

When UF takes their inevitable dip that everyone goes through (FSU,Miami,Tennessee,Nebraska).

Gator fans will have too dig out their Dawg shirts.

Well atleast your jean shorts will never go out of style.

woodwr#217203 writes:

Even if the hold up attempt was a joke....

Even if the two in the car didn't know about it....

Three guys were in a girl's car with a gun and a stash of illegal drugs and equipment.

Why recruit players who are already smoking dope in high school?

Why is it so important to smoke dope?

pammyvol1000 writes:

Was there not a camera on the parking lot too? I would think so and that would show if they indeed opened the door. Wonder is there is more to this story?

bobbyutvol writes:

My concern is why are players allowed to be out at that time of night... Lets not pass judgement to fast on the accused or CLK. CLK will make the right choice once the facts are all in. If Janzen was released with no bail the young man should not be thrown off the team. Please everyone lets wait untill the facts are out. GO VOLS

jet writes:

in response to pammyvol1000:

Was there not a camera on the parking lot too? I would think so and that would show if they indeed opened the door. Wonder is there is more to this story?

I agree. Too many odd things about this whole story. Having been an 18 year old college kid myself, I am always suspicious when one group at a convenience store at 2:00am cries victim of another group of 18 year olds. I'm wondering if this was a prank gone bad or some smack talking or bullying on nerds (have you seen the supposed victims?) Wasn't smart, but hey 18 year old kids do dumb things. I mean what is the likelihood that 3 college kids would not have one dollar in thier bill-folds, but offer the robbers a cheesburger? Would real armed robbers rob 3 kids in a 1998 Hyundai in the front of a convenience store? Come one, I believe that this is not exactly as it appears. Kiffin is doing exactly what he needs to do. He needs to be sure about what actually happened before he takes action or makes a comment.

ncvol17 writes:

Kiffin and admin are doing the prudent thing timewise. The players will be removed from the team in due time. JJ will sit out a year and go to another conference where he will be All Conference and go to the NFL. Think the kid that went to Oregon and to the Vikings b4 drugs finally drilled him out of the league...We also had a kid selling marijuana out of Gibbs who went to Oklahoma. Coaches will pick up a tainted talent, it has been proven over and over again.Just win baby...

vol98champ writes:

It ought to be required that all recruits pee in a bottle before scholarships are offered. You know if they do drugs as college freshmen; they also did them in high school. I'd sure like to know the facts before papers are offered.

PrimeTime writes:

Sad situation, how can you make such a stupid decision. Two of the three of these guys are easily recognizable. Did they really think no one would know who they were so close to campus. Some people just never get it. Maybe they were superstars in high school and got everything they wanted. That is not real life! Real life comes with consiquences. I honestly hope that one day they can become good people and learn from their mistake. Go Vols, Beat the Rebels!

Sandman423 writes:

can someone please let me know which trolls and or loud and demeaning posters are kns employees so that i will not fall into the trap of replying or even worse....getting banned...What a day to join

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