Coaches name Jackson to All-SEC second team

Tennessee defensive back Janzen Jackson tackles Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010.  The Vols defeated the Rebels 52-14.

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Tennessee defensive back Janzen Jackson tackles Ole Miss running back Jeff Scott at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010. The Vols defeated the Rebels 52-14.

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Janzen Jackson’s contributions to the Tennessee defense went beyond the stat sheet.

It took a coach’s eye to recognize that Tuesday, as Jackson was named second team All-SEC by the league’s 12 coaches. The sophomore safety, who has started 21 games in his UT career, was left off the Associated Press’ All-SEC team on Monday.

Defensive tackle Malik Jackson and cornerback Prentiss Waggner, both of whom made the AP’s second team All-SEC, did not make the cut on the coaches’ team.

Hampered by a hamstring injury throughout training camp, Jackson, as he often admitted, had a rough start to the 2010 season, but quickly emerged as one of the Vols’ most reliable players in a secondary battered by injuries, inconsistency and inexperience. He came on strong at the midpoint of the season, playing his best game of the year in front of family and friends at LSU and rode that momentum on his way to a strong finish.

Coach Derek Dooley, who, like the rest of the SEC’s coaches, was unable to vote for his own players, occasionally referred to Jackson as the best player on UT’s defense.

“Janzen, we know, has phenomenal talent,” Dooley said before UT’s season-ending victory over Kentucky.

Jackson finished third on the team with 65 tackles, second with five pass breakups, tied for first with nine passes defended, second with four interceptions and first in interception return yards (114).

“He’s explosive,” secondary coach Terry Joseph said. “That’s one of the things about him and I think he has probably the best footwork of any corner or DB I’ve seen in a while.”

Jackson’s selection marks the fourth consecutive season in which a Tennessee defensive back has earned a spot on the All-SEC coaches’ team.

This is the first year in the coaches all-SEC teams’ 26-year existence that UT has not had a player on the first team. The Vols also failed to land a player on the AP’s first team for the first time since 1962.

On Thursday, the SEC will announce its all-freshman team, which likely will be chock full of Vols.

Andrew Gribble covers Tennessee football and recruiting. He may be reached at 865-342-6327. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Andrew_Gribble and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/gribble/

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MusicCityVol writes:

The Music City Bowl at First Glance

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wazzya69vol writes:

Congratulations Janzen! We're proud of you and how you got your life straight on and off the field. You got a second chance and made the most of it. A good example for others. Look forward to seeing you in the Music City Bowl. The Vol Nation supports you---Congrats again! GBO

BigVolFaninSC writes:

A good year considering an injured hammy! Look forward to bowl game and next season...we need you to be the QB of the defense! Things are looking up for the BIG ORANGE!

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to wazzya69vol:

Congratulations Janzen! We're proud of you and how you got your life straight on and off the field. You got a second chance and made the most of it. A good example for others. Look forward to seeing you in the Music City Bowl. The Vol Nation supports you---Congrats again! GBO

Second chance? What are you talking about? Jackson was the guy who remained in the car when the others went to rob/scare the guys out of a cheeseburger.

tlvol writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

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I've seen that before and it gets funnier every time!

everydayisorange writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

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That was just hilarous! Looked like me and my neybor [sp] a few years back, I was the one giving the butt- whooping also! I was once good, but I'm as good as I ever was!!! GBO!!!

atruevol writes:

Does anyone know whether Darren Myles enrolled at another school? After setting out a year maybe it is time to forget and forgive. After all the charges were dismissed against him.

mytrifecta writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

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This may be the funniest video in existence. I hope Tosh.O gets it so he can make all the unpolitically correct comments the video deserves.

mytrifecta writes:

Wait til next year...we may dominate the all SEC team like Auburn did this year.

wazzya69vol writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

Second chance? What are you talking about? Jackson was the guy who remained in the car when the others went to rob/scare the guys out of a cheeseburger.

So what's your point?!? He was there and his name was associated with the "incident". But, in my humble opinion, he came out stronger and made a difference (a huge difference) on the defensive side of the ball. On lighter note, "link" showing "Nukeese" getting his azz kicked by a Vietnam vet is hilarious--first time I've seen it.

wazzya69vol writes:

in response to atruevol:

Does anyone know whether Darren Myles enrolled at another school? After setting out a year maybe it is time to forget and forgive. After all the charges were dismissed against him.

You know atruevol, I haven't thought about that, and that's a valid point--not bad! I know we'll hear some negative feedback, but it's worthy of discussion. If didn't play anywhere else, then he served his time (YR.) and charges were dismissed. Oh well, it would all come down to CDD who gets my vote of confidence,,,but not a bad point! GBO Music Bowl here we come!!!!

PUL4VOLS writes:

Janzen, way to go young man. Keep focusing on the work and getting better. We look forward to big hits and lots of interceptions from you next year. Also, go out and have a great day against the Tar Heels Dec. 30th.

TommyJack writes:

in response to Ayres_Hall:

Second chance? What are you talking about? Jackson was the guy who remained in the car when the others went to rob/scare the guys out of a cheeseburger.

Don't be a deek head, Hall.

gnm53108 writes:

The all freshman team should be interesting.

BigBadVol writes:

in response to mytrifecta:

This may be the funniest video in existence. I hope Tosh.O gets it so he can make all the unpolitically correct comments the video deserves.

It's been on Tosh.O already.

VOLSGURLINCHARLOTTE writes:

I know this is an article about Janzen Jackson and I hate to get off subject but wanted to let everyone know to go on collegerudyawards.com and vote for Nick Reveiz. You can read about the award there and you can vote once a day. Come on Vols we need to help Nick win this award. GO VOLS!

cooper65#432178 writes:

The good news: next year he will be 1st Team All-SEC, if not All-American.

The bad news: he will forego his last year of eligibility for the NFL.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to cooper65#432178:

The good news: next year he will be 1st Team All-SEC, if not All-American.

The bad news: he will forego his last year of eligibility for the NFL.

Maybe...maybe not.

NFL and the Payers Association are in a tussell.

Vol_Doc writes:

in response to VOLSGURLINCHARLOTTE:

I know this is an article about Janzen Jackson and I hate to get off subject but wanted to let everyone know to go on collegerudyawards.com and vote for Nick Reveiz. You can read about the award there and you can vote once a day. Come on Vols we need to help Nick win this award. GO VOLS!

Definitely deserving. Just voted.

CroKev writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

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I nominate this Vietnam vet for Time's man of the year!

SilatGamecock writes:

A half-dozen South Carolina players were named to the coaches' All-SEC teams, including three — cornerback Stephon Gilmore, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and Lattimore — to the first team.
Guard Garrett Chisolm and defensive ends Cliff Matthews and Devin Taylor were second-team selections.

abnermc writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

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Oscar quit again

steelersman42 writes:

where are Denarius Moore and Prentiss Waggner?

Juzkruzin writes:

Just announced on TV that Urbieeeeee has left FL. He did the same about this time last year. Hope he keeps his word this time. Tooouthluess geters Good Luck!!

joshelliott83 writes:

I have lost all respect for Janzen Jackson. I have been a big orange fan all my life. I recently went to the UAB game this year and after the game was talking to some of the players as they were coming out of the stadium after the game, and everyone of them except for janzen was nice enough to at least acknowledge me when I told them good game. Janzen blows me off. Turned his nose up and looked the other way. He should be off the team just like nukeese richardson.

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