Tennessee’s depleted scholarship numbers could be going up by at least one this fall.
After missing out on his first two eligibility issues of fall camp, Derek Dooley might finally have received some news that could help provide some depth for the Vols.
Martaze Jackson isn’t officially in the fold yet for UT, but by the academic numbers the linebacker is considered a qualifier and will be able to enroll in school before the Friday deadline for players hoping to play this season. His status will still be up for review by the NCAA Clearinghouse — a process currently keeping receiver Justin Hunter off the field — but the verdict Dooley announced after practice Tuesday was a positive step for a player considered for much of camp to be a longshot to get into school.
“Well, Martaze Jackson is qualified, which is good — and it just happened,” Dooley said. “He’s still got to get cleared and it’s not official.
“It’s now Clearninghouse, NCAA — his grades came in and now he’s a qualifier by the numbers. He was able to take some extra courses to get qualified, and so we’re getting him here and getting him enrolled because Friday is the last day we can enroll in school. We’re fortunate to get him here.”
Whether or not the Vols can add to that fortune with freshman Eddrick Loften or get Hunter back in action still remains to be seen, though UT is expecting an answer on both at some point this week.
Details as they become available online at GoVolsXtra.com on Twitter at @Vols_Beat and in Wednesday’s News Sentinel.