Janzen Jackson has enrolled at Tennessee

Tennesse defensive back Janzen Jackson goes in to the huddle against LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. UT lost the game 16-14 after a defensive penalty in the final play of the game. Jackson is from Lake Charles, La.

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Tennesse defensive back Janzen Jackson goes in to the huddle against LSU at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. UT lost the game 16-14 after a defensive penalty in the final play of the game. Jackson is from Lake Charles, La.

Tennessee defensive back Janzen Jackson walks the sidelines in the fourth quarter against South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. UT lost the game 38-24, giving them a 2-6 record.

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Tennessee defensive back Janzen Jackson walks the sidelines in the fourth quarter against South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010. UT lost the game 38-24, giving them a 2-6 record.

Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson has returned to school and is back with the Vols, enrolling for the second summer semester, University of Tennessee admissions confirmed Wednesday.

According to a brief release from the UT athletic department, Jackson is expected to be a "full participant" when practices begin in August.

Classes for the second summer semester begin Thursday.

Jackson, one of the Vols' most talented players, has been away from the team since February because of what coach Derek Dooley described as "personal issues."

Jackson, though, remained in Knoxville and continued to train off campus. He is currently listed as a university employee in the school's directory.

A junior, Jackson has started 22 games in his UT career and picked up a team-high five interceptions last season.

More news later online and in Thursday's News Sentinel.

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VOLS_SEC_RULES writes:

Finally, Good News!

Hacksaw57 writes:

Hope he got those personal issues taken care of and has his mind right to play some Big Orange football. We need his talent and his total comitment to this football team.

jimmyrayvol writes:

Finally some good news. Welcome back JJ.

imw8n4u writes:

I hope he got all his issues worked out and is ready to focus on being the best Volunteer he can be.

Huttdawg100 writes:

Yup. Just as most of us predicted. Brewer, Teague, Moore, Swag. Jackson. Lanier. We've seriously beefed up our DB's. Good pass coverage can only help the defensive line. Great to have JJ back!

Huttdawg100 writes:

in response to FormerMarine:

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I can't wait to see CSS eat his words...

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to Huttdawg100:

Yup. Just as most of us predicted. Brewer, Teague, Moore, Swag. Jackson. Lanier. We've seriously beefed up our DB's. Good pass coverage can only help the defensive line. Great to have JJ back!

I'm gonna respectfully add Waggner to your list. And for the record, I agree with everything you say.

Volunatic writes:

That's some great news. The DBs will be tough.
I wonder if any of them can bulk up a little and do some spot duty at LB?

Volunatic writes:

in response to Huttdawg100:

I can't wait to see CSS eat his words...

Don't hold your breath on that one. Trolls don't admit having been wrong.

voldog89 writes:

convert him to linebacker!!! lol

NCVOL09 writes:

Good Luck to Janzen, looks like Pat Martin might redshirt and hopefully we can put Prentiss Waggner back at CB where he belongs.

keepitreal4vols writes:

"He is currently listed as a university employee in the school's directory"
So he's on the payroll? Better clarify that statement before the NCAA starts another witch hunt.
Welcome back JJ.

CarlChilders writes:

in response to FormerMarine:

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Which one?

516milesfromUT writes:

in response to keepitreal4vols:

"He is currently listed as a university employee in the school's directory"
So he's on the payroll? Better clarify that statement before the NCAA starts another witch hunt.
Welcome back JJ.

Keepitreal, just what i thought, you beat me to this post!!!
Good news he is back.
-T-

jjsteel writes:

Glad your back. Enjoy yourself poppin'leather dude. Go smack a gator.

OrangePride writes:

JJ's return can only mean good things for this 2011 Vol squad. Even if he has some catch-up work to do, which he undoubtedly will, he will make a positive impact on the entire squad with his presence and leadership... that is assuming he has been able to deal with and put behind him whatever the personal issues might have been. So welcome back and we ALL look forward to seeing you on the field this fall.

VolunteerLifer writes:

Our defense just got a lot better this season. Welcome back, Janzen.

ArmyDad writes:

So, he is expected to be a "full participant" when practice begins, but is he going to be "fully eligible"? JJ has missed a lot of academic work.

nwcs writes:

So much for conspiracy theories...

pdhuff#552644 writes:

"Hand on the throttle, JJ and eye upon the rail"....

VOODOOley-2011 (Inactive) writes:

Good news, as long as he can keep up in school now (he wasn't before). Perhaps "Music appreciation" is still an elective for a Sports Management degree.

flashbone21 writes:

in response to ArmyDad:

So, he is expected to be a "full participant" when practice begins, but is he going to be "fully eligible"? JJ has missed a lot of academic work.

he wasnt enriolled to miss any "academic work".

CrankE writes:

Keep it together, JJ. Good luck and good hunting. We need you!

BobbyGraham writes:

See what happened when we finally got rid of mid major Mike Hamilton? Immediately something good. Things are going to start turning around. Get rid of Cheek, and we will be completely back.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

This is very good news. The secondary can be scary good.

This however is not good news for some of the teams we play and their......uh.......'followers' here.

Next, can't wait to see how the kicking game will do. Kickoffs.....deeper.
Punts.......find the corners......
returns.......hang onto the ball and "take it all the way to the state capital" as John would say !

payforplay writes:

I guess Dooley is fitting right in. Allow anything to win. Oh well, I was hoping for a Coach that had some type of morals.

All area Knoxville convenience stores are put on notice.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to osu2:

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Go ahead and beg............

BigBadVol writes:

Welcome back JJ.

BigBadVol writes:

in response to osu2:

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You calling JJ a fool. Really? Why are you trolls so stupid?

1bigvolman writes:

GREAT NEWS! This is a much needed boost, the football program and athletics in general needed something good to happen.

mercyseat writes:

Great news, but I just hope he can stay the course and not get arrested, or violate team rules.

Orange_Scooter writes:

in response to FormerMarine:

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BUMP for the question.

Hey, FormerMarine, perhaps wonders of all wonders may happen, perhaps this will finally shut CSS up.

tree_em_smokey writes:

in response to Orange_Scooter:

BUMP for the question.

Hey, FormerMarine, perhaps wonders of all wonders may happen, perhaps this will finally shut CSS up.

It'll never happen Scooter. Glad your back JJ!

RockyToptoNeyland writes:

he's gotta earn his spot in august, he missed an entire spring and over half of summer workouts, so he's got a lot of work to do. But its good to have some premier talent back.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to mercyseat:

Great news, but I just hope he can stay the course and not get arrested, or violate team rules.

Second that. He's been given alot of leniency since he came to Knoxville with the robbery incident, the no practicing before the bowl, and leaving school to deal with personal issues. For Dooley's sake and his own, I hope he has his head straight now and will make the most of the opportunities he's been given.

tater42 writes:

Flashbone 21

He was not here so how could he have passed the required number of hours to be academically eligible?

iadvol writes:

in response to Huttdawg100:

Yup. Just as most of us predicted. Brewer, Teague, Moore, Swag. Jackson. Lanier. We've seriously beefed up our DB's. Good pass coverage can only help the defensive line. Great to have JJ back!

Finally we can say with a straight face "we are loaded at the db and ol positions"..lets work on the defensive front seven now. Go Vols!

espender#273698 writes:

in response to osu2:

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Hopefully he paid for his own tats and didn't have to sell his shoulder pads to get them.

VOL75ga writes:

Hi Janzen, glad you're back. Your school experience at UT is more important than any thing else so stay on the books. Wanted to give you a little positive that way too. Go Big Orange.

VOLliven2it writes:

I honestly can't stand CantStand but was concerned til now that JJ might not be returning. I have no idea on his academic situation but am glad he is here. We do need him and if his head doesn't stay on track and out of his rear end this will be his final chance. So, best to him and may our Vol Defense get better and better in August and as the season unfolds. GO BIG ORANGE!

Zippy_Longstocking writes:

in response to keepitreal4vols:

"He is currently listed as a university employee in the school's directory"
So he's on the payroll? Better clarify that statement before the NCAA starts another witch hunt.
Welcome back JJ.

Student-athletes are permitted to work legitimate jobs at the going rate of pay during the academic year and the summer. That rule changed 10 years ago. Nothing suspicious here. Glad to have him back. GBO!

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to CroatianVol:

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Good question !

zman44 writes:

in response to orangeman1:

Second that. He's been given alot of leniency since he came to Knoxville with the robbery incident, the no practicing before the bowl, and leaving school to deal with personal issues. For Dooley's sake and his own, I hope he has his head straight now and will make the most of the opportunities he's been given.

No doubt he is the best player on the team...

Most of you homers will disagree, but this guy would be gone from most any other team. As it is, UT definitely needs him and Coach Dooley has compromised his morals. I have many friends who are UT fans. I told them to give Dooley a chance. I said he was an ethical guy and would change the reputation of the program. This destroys that perception. You guys might win a few more games this fall with Jackson on the field, but nobody else around the league is going to buy Dooley's "gosh-darn good ol' boy" act anymore. Congrats on a few more wins...and returning to your position as the perennial laughing-stock of ethics in college football.

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to zman44:

No doubt he is the best player on the team...

Most of you homers will disagree, but this guy would be gone from most any other team. As it is, UT definitely needs him and Coach Dooley has compromised his morals. I have many friends who are UT fans. I told them to give Dooley a chance. I said he was an ethical guy and would change the reputation of the program. This destroys that perception. You guys might win a few more games this fall with Jackson on the field, but nobody else around the league is going to buy Dooley's "gosh-darn good ol' boy" act anymore. Congrats on a few more wins...and returning to your position as the perennial laughing-stock of ethics in college football.

1. You obviously don't have UT friends
2. You obviously don't have friends
3. Weak troll attempt shows that Florida fans are shaking in their wife beaters
4. How many Florida players were arrested under Meyer?

Volunatic writes:

in response to tater42:

Flashbone 21

He was not here so how could he have passed the required number of hours to be academically eligible?

I recall from earlier articles on Janzen Jackson that the NCAA has some sort of one-time waiver for a player to miss a Spring semester if he was in good academic standing with a sufficient number of credit hours the previous fall.
http://www.govolsxtra.com/news/2011/f...

CoverOrange writes:

How many fish can you catch with all these aspersions being cast about?

DavidB writes:

Welcome back JJ, I am sure all Vol fans welcome you back with open arms.

For those that feel the need to be negative, you are trying to assume what JJ's personal reason for leaving is. It could be something as simple a dying relative or any other number of things. I dont care what the reason is he felt he needed to leave, it was personal and will remain personal. Lets stay positive and be thankful he is back. He made a mistake at an early age, how many of us can honestly look back and say we didnt do stupid things when we were between the ages of 16 and 22. Maybe this personal time away from the team has let him refocus and he will come back more hungry to suceed than ever before.

To zman44, your an idiot. You think Dooley had to bend his reputation just to satisfy one player? What facts are you basing that on?

orangeman1 writes:

in response to zman44:

No doubt he is the best player on the team...

Most of you homers will disagree, but this guy would be gone from most any other team. As it is, UT definitely needs him and Coach Dooley has compromised his morals. I have many friends who are UT fans. I told them to give Dooley a chance. I said he was an ethical guy and would change the reputation of the program. This destroys that perception. You guys might win a few more games this fall with Jackson on the field, but nobody else around the league is going to buy Dooley's "gosh-darn good ol' boy" act anymore. Congrats on a few more wins...and returning to your position as the perennial laughing-stock of ethics in college football.

I've heard all the "changing the culture talk" and "strict disciplinarian" talk, and while I hope Dooley can cut down on arrests and keep players academically eligible, I dont think Dooley will do things much differently than most other coaches at big time programs if he expects to meet expectations of wins and losses that people have for UT. Dooley is very smart and is doing what it takes to keep fans happy. What fans of other schools think doesnt really concern me. All schools are going to have problems and give star players more leniency so as a fan of a big time program I realize that. If you are a fan of a big time football program your coach does the same thing so dont cast stones.

Bloodrunzorange writes:

Good stuff! I hope he has been working out. I know Wilcox is real happy! GBO!!!

Volunatic writes:

"Knoxville radio reported"...
Now that's vague. I'm guessing if such a thing was actually broadcast on a Knoxville radio station, it was a call-in show with a caller who likes to start rumors. (This is tendency shared by most of the trolls around here, coincidentally.)

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