Vols dealing with personnel issues as Music City Bowl practice begins

Vols deal with personnel issues as bowl practice

Tennessee only has a small handful of personnel issues.

They just all happen to come from the same position group.

The Vols will head into the first official practice of bowl season today three players short in their secondary, two of which they already know won’t return for the Music City Bowl in Nashville against North Carolina on Dec. 30 (TV: ESPN, 6:30 p.m.).

Former starting cornerback Art Evans will miss a fifth consecutive game due to suspension, and reserve defensive back Stephaun Raines has been dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules.

But it’s the player with an uncertain timetable who figures to be the most notable absence, and when UT reports for its workout to start preparing for the Tar Heels, it will do so without star safety Janzen Jackson.

“Janzen Jackson is dealing with some very, very personal and family issues,” Vols coach Derek Dooley said during a press conference on Wednesday. “He’s back in Louisiana, and I don’t know exactly when he’ll be back, but we do expect him to play. We do expect him to be back at some point to prepare for the game. That’s all I really want to say about it because it is really personal and I want to respect his privacy on that.

“Art, we’ll reevaluate Art’s status at the end of the bowl game. We did dismiss Stephaun Raines for team-rule violations.”

To this point, those appear to be the only subtractions from a UT roster that rolled through four straight wins just to qualify for the postseason — though there’s still a possibility of players being declared academically ineligible when grades are posted.

Dooley indicated there were “one or two” players who could be at risk over the next couple days without identifying them, and he was equally protective of Jackson’s privacy.

Raines was seldom used during his junior season and Evans missed the last four games with a suspension tied to late car payments, so those absences don’t figure to cause much distress as UT (6-6, 3-5 SEC) prepares for the Tar Heels (7-5, 4-4 ACC). But Jackson is perhaps the most important player to the Vols given his role at the back of the defense, and his trip home will force Dooley to do some shuffling to the lineup just in case he doesn’t return in time for the trip to Nashville — though he stressed the program fully expects to have Jackson back in time and that he wasn’t sent home by UT.

“Janzen left Thursday or Friday, he took his last exam and I think it was the day or two after his last exam,” Dooley said. “This is his decision, and it’s personal. I don’t want to keep diving in, guys. I know you all want to ask and I know there’s a real curiosity factor on what it is.

“It’s on his schedule, not mine. It’s on his schedule.”

Dooley will kick his off this afternoon with the first of 12 scheduled practices leading up the game, and at least in the short term the plan will have to include some changes in the secondary.

That’s really nothing new for the Vols this season, who had to replace Evans during his suspension, moved Prentiss Waggner from safety to cornerback, inserted freshman Brent Brewer in the lineup at safety and also worked around a lingering toe injury for Marsalis Teague at one of the thinnest position groups on the team.

Jackson was essentially the lone constant, the only player in the secondary to start every game at the same position. The Vols anticipate that streak continuing, but now they’ll have to at least come up with a backup plan.

“We’re going to prepare without him and with him,” Dooley said. “That’s how we’re going to prepare. Those are some discussions we’ll have here soon.”

Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. He may be reached 865-342-6274. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward.

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Mule_Days_King writes:

Hope everything is ok with Janzen. Wish him the best.

lomas98 writes:

HOpefully everthing okay with Janzen. He needs to get whatever is going on in his life in order before playing in any football game. I hope there are not anymore academic casualties. As we know from Maymon, grades are official now and it seems there are always a few who don't have their grades in order and cannot participate in the bowl.

volfan1971 writes:

The right kind of coach puts his players first and our coach is that kind of guy!!

orangeblood8456 writes:

janzen and his family are more important than football!

VOLliven2it writes:

I hope he gets the situation under control and all is well with his family. I also hope he gets back in time to put some hits on Tarheels. We need Janzen Jackson in the Music City Bowl. Thanks for protecting his privacy Coach Dooley.

volistic writes:

Art Evans was suspended and will miss the bowl game because he was late on some car payments? There has to be a little more to it than that.

N2Motorsports writes:

As a donor I demand to know about these "very, very private" issues J. Jackson is dealing with.

Vol86 writes:

Our bowl record and performance as long as I can remember has never been that good. The best performance I beleive is when we gave it to Mich. Even the NC game in 98 was lack luster.JMHO

GetEmVols writes:

N2Motorsports hopefully you are joking. Millions of people are donors. His life is personal just like yours.

volmania97 writes:

Vols86: Ask Miami and a lot of the other teams about our "lack luster" bowl play. I bet their opinions are different then yours.

Vol86 writes:

in response to volmania97:

Vols86: Ask Miami and a lot of the other teams about our "lack luster" bowl play. I bet their opinions are different then yours.

Forgot about sugar bowl against miami, funny i was there and i forgot. I still stand firm on my opinion.

volmania97 writes:

We have beat The Ohio State, Texas A & M, Michigan, Florida State, Boston College, Virginia Tech(Gator Bowl), Wisconsin, Northwestern...seem Tennessee beats good teams in bowl games IMO.

Vol86 writes:

in response to volmania97:

We have beat The Ohio State, Texas A & M, Michigan, Florida State, Boston College, Virginia Tech(Gator Bowl), Wisconsin, Northwestern...seem Tennessee beats good teams in bowl games IMO.

97-They were all good wins, but I get pissed off when we lose in the darn peach bowl to an acc team. I guess that is really my gripe. You did make me feel better though.

kevin151 writes:

in response to volmania97:

We have beat The Ohio State, Texas A & M, Michigan, Florida State, Boston College, Virginia Tech(Gator Bowl), Wisconsin, Northwestern...seem Tennessee beats good teams in bowl games IMO.

But Clemson, Maryland, and Va Tech come to mind of late.... So much for the weak ACC

volmania97 writes:

in response to kevin151:

But Clemson, Maryland, and Va Tech come to mind of late.... So much for the weak ACC

Look at the two guys that coached them games. Attitude reflects leadership... we haven't had good leadership the last three years until now.

volmania97 writes:

The only team that has Tennessee's number in bowl games is Penn State. I hate to play Joe when has a lot of time to prepare for a team. Glad we are not playing them!!

TDTennesseeisfree writes:

What about Hughes? Is he eligible for the bowl game?

username writes:

I wasn't aware that "trouble with car payments" could result in a suspension from playing football.

Ayres_Hall writes:

Jackson sounds like he'll be back. So, we're at 100% with guys who contributed the final month of play. Good stuff.

Could "missing car payments" = auto theft? Dooley is a wordsmith, after all.

lomas98 writes:

in response to Vol86:

Our bowl record and performance as long as I can remember has never been that good. The best performance I beleive is when we gave it to Mich. Even the NC game in 98 was lack luster.JMHO

If your memory only goes back to 98, then yes the bowl performance has not been spectacular and there were 2 years of no bowl game. Pre 1998 TN had a great bowl record against good teams and the fans traveled anywhere. Cities were full of orange back then and a lot times they came back home happy.

jjsteel writes:

in response to N2Motorsports:

As a donor I demand to know about these "very, very private" issues J. Jackson is dealing with.

You haven't any right to know anything just because you donate $$. Donate means gift, which means give freely without any compensation.Your money has no clout.

twhite#364344 writes:

in response to N2Motorsports:

As a donor I demand to know about these "very, very private" issues J. Jackson is dealing with.

as a donor how much do you donate?

volinvegas writes:

in response to username:

I wasn't aware that "trouble with car payments" could result in a suspension from playing football.

If you buy a car from someone who may be construed as a booster, don't make the payments, and continue driving the car....it could lead to much worse than a player suspension

SEC1 writes:

in response to kevin151:

But Clemson, Maryland, and Va Tech come to mind of late.... So much for the weak ACC

You forgot to add UNC..... it will be Another loss to "weak" acc team

CCLC writes:

in response to Mule_Days_King:

Hope everything is ok with Janzen. Wish him the best.

..tough time of the year to be dealing with life.

CCLC writes:

in response to lomas98:

If your memory only goes back to 98, then yes the bowl performance has not been spectacular and there were 2 years of no bowl game. Pre 1998 TN had a great bowl record against good teams and the fans traveled anywhere. Cities were full of orange back then and a lot times they came back home happy.

You are starting to sound like a NDame fan! Stop it! Just win... and for the record Tennessee has missed a few bowls and haven't always shined.... of late.... so go win!

volmania97 writes:

in response to SEC1:

You forgot to add UNC..... it will be Another loss to "weak" acc team

Thanks for being so positive....I think you need to be on the Gators website.

volrush17#609372 writes:

in response to N2Motorsports:

As a donor I demand to know about these "very, very private" issues J. Jackson is dealing with.

I'd say it's none of your Da#n business donor or not
Vol Class of 1968

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to N2Motorsports:

As a donor I demand to know about these "very, very private" issues J. Jackson is dealing with.

the only thing you probably donate is blood or plasma or both ? Its none of your business what issues he has or any other players have.

peyton4heisman writes:

in response to back2z1:

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2Z,
I know you like to get on here and talk smack to all the Vol fans, but unless you have some hardcore proof that this guy is Janzen Jackson's brother, you should really reconsider posting this kind of trash. It is tasteless and classless to spread rumors like this without the first shred of evidence. You have stooped to a new low.

TKG_VOL writes:

in response to SEC1:

You forgot to add UNC..... it will be Another loss to "weak" acc team

,.!..

HollySpringsVOL writes:

in response to back2z1:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Jackson is a fairly common last name. Basic research isn't proof. It is hard to believe you didn't do this out of spite based on the inflammatory postings that you historically post here. Credibility and respect are earned and you have a long ways to go to get there.

DaddyVol writes:

in response to back2z1:

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z1...you are wrong.

Janzen has 2 brothers.

Randy and Jesse.

So quit trying to be a super sleuth, and let the family have privacy...just as Coach has asked.

volmania97 writes:

in response to DaddyVol:

z1...you are wrong.

Janzen has 2 brothers.

Randy and Jesse.

So quit trying to be a super sleuth, and let the family have privacy...just as Coach has asked.

I agree. Also, Janzen is from Lake Charles, not Baton Rouge.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to back2z1:

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You got this one right Z, I didn't take it as a Neg. action, just forwarding info. Thanks for the input and lets hope that this isn't his brother.

FEARinSEC writes:

in response to peyton4heisman:

2Z,
I know you like to get on here and talk smack to all the Vol fans, but unless you have some hardcore proof that this guy is Janzen Jackson's brother, you should really reconsider posting this kind of trash. It is tasteless and classless to spread rumors like this without the first shred of evidence. You have stooped to a new low.

No, I've seen him stoop much lower.....

Bogus writes:

in response to DaddyVol:

z1...you are wrong.

Janzen has 2 brothers.

Randy and Jesse.

So quit trying to be a super sleuth, and let the family have privacy...just as Coach has asked.

Dang... so one brother is a civil rights activist, and the other is a judge on American Idol?

VolWoman writes:

in response to kevin151:

But Clemson, Maryland, and Va Tech come to mind of late.... So much for the weak ACC

That has a little to do with the bowl tie-ins where the ACC has their #2 against our #5 or whatever.

volmania97 writes:

in response to Bogus:

Dang... so one brother is a civil rights activist, and the other is a judge on American Idol?

That is the funniest thing I have heard in a while....LMAO!!!!

txsvol#372416 writes:

in response to volmania97:

The only team that has Tennessee's number in bowl games is Penn State. I hate to play Joe when has a lot of time to prepare for a team. Glad we are not playing them!!

I think you have forgotten Nebraska and Kansas State. SAVol

TommyJack writes:

in response to back2z1:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

suggest removal

volmania97 writes:

in response to txsvol#372416:

I think you have forgotten Nebraska and Kansas State. SAVol

I haven't forgotten, but we haven't played them as many times as Penn State.

TheOneVolFanInHawaii writes:

hope janzen gets his family situations all worked out, we're going to need him if we're going to beat north carolina. family comes first though, I understand.

mj2454#655272 writes:

in response to lomas98:

If your memory only goes back to 98, then yes the bowl performance has not been spectacular and there were 2 years of no bowl game. Pre 1998 TN had a great bowl record against good teams and the fans traveled anywhere. Cities were full of orange back then and a lot times they came back home happy.

Prior to 98 season there were also some embarrassing losses - 1998 Orange bowl lost 42-17 to Nebraska, 1994 Citrus lost to PA State 31-13, 1992 Fiesta, lost to PA State 42-17

murrayvol writes:

in response to peyton4heisman:

2Z,
I know you like to get on here and talk smack to all the Vol fans, but unless you have some hardcore proof that this guy is Janzen Jackson's brother, you should really reconsider posting this kind of trash. It is tasteless and classless to spread rumors like this without the first shred of evidence. You have stooped to a new low.

And that's sayin' a lot.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to volmania97:

I haven't forgotten, but we haven't played them as many times as Penn State.

I've trashed talked with Bama fans from 1950 on and for the most part you can't get ahead of them. But they are fun and don't really care what is being said they are going to support Bama. But Joe Papa fans are a different breed. They are not trash talking they are true believer's that he walks on water. It is not fun talking with that kind of arrogance. But I do like and respect Joe.

stratocaster54 writes:

in response to N2Motorsports:

As a donor I demand to know about these "very, very private" issues J. Jackson is dealing with.

He's not your employee! He's part of the UT family. That's something eifferent b/w us and other schools. It's "nunya business!"

winVol writes:

in response to back2z1:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Z is a gart%#d and nothing but trailor park trash pay him no attention

stratocaster54 writes:

in response to volistic:

Art Evans was suspended and will miss the bowl game because he was late on some car payments? There has to be a little more to it than that.

I agree. Besides, when did we start making the kids make their own payments? Cash flow must be tight! Kidding, of course! Seriously though, Art gave up some big plays, so I don't feel that he's been or will be greatly missed. Jackson, on the other hand, will be if he's not back!

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

KNS is the one who is pathetic, they keep letting zz post on here and create name after name.but I do agree zz does need his azz beat.

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