Janzen Jackson returns for action

Junior safety enrolled for summer, could be immediately eligible

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.

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

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.

When classes resume Thursday at the University of Tennessee for the second session of summer semester, Janzen Jackson will be back behind a desk and back on a path toward playing football in 2011.

Jackson, the athletically gifted Tennessee safety who withdrew from school in February because of "personal issues," is enrolled for classes and back with the Vols, UT announced Wednesday.

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

One of the Vols’ most talented players on a depth-deprived defense, Jackson left the team temporarily in December before returning in time for the Music City Bowl. After returning for the first few weeks of spring semester, Jackson then left on a full-time basis.

"His leaving for bowl practice was not a punishment, and as long as he continues to manage his personal issues and football and school, he’s going to be welcomed back in the program," coach Derek Dooley said at the time. "He’s clearly reached a point where the personal issues have become much greater than his ability to manage workouts and school."

Jackson, a Lake Charles, La., native, remained in Knoxville throughout the spring. UT spokesman Jimmy Stanton said Jackson held a part-time job during the spring semester doing maintenance for the school’s various athletics facilities.

Stanton said Jackson was paid the normal student-worker rate for work performed.

Jackson should be immediately eligible to compete and UT does not need to fill out any extra paperwork with the NCAA. Per NCAA bylaw 14.4.3.5, a student-athlete who misses a complete term or consecutive terms can qualify for a "missed-term exception" as long as he or she is still on a suitable timeline to graduate.

Jackson’s UT career, which began in 2009 as one of the top prospects in Lane Kiffin’s only recruiting class, has been filled with highs and lows.

He earned playing time right away and took over as a starter alongside Vols great Eric Berry just two games into his freshman season. But Jackson found trouble in embarrassing fashion near the end of that season, as he was one of three Vols arrested for an alleged attempted armed robbery. The charges levied against him were eventually dropped and he was the only player in the group to remain with the team.

Jackson also had an additional suspension for violation of team rules handed down during his freshman season, but he seemingly turned over a new leaf while playing under Dooley.

Now a junior, Jackson has started 22 games in his UT career and picked up a team-high five interceptions last season. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2009 and was a second-team All-SEC player last season.

Jackson’s return should boost a UT secondary that is suddenly flush with bodies. The group didn’t lose any major contributors from last season and seven of UT’s 2011 signees are listed as defensive backs.

Throughout the spring, many players expressed their hopes that Jackson would eventually return to the team, but were prepared to move on without him.

"When Janzen comes back, we’re all in and we’ll gladly take him back in," junior cornerback Marsalis Teague said. "We need Janzen at the safety spot but we got guys that are stepping up and contributing well so right now we’re focused on what we do have right now."

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Bufforange00 writes:

yeesss!!!

volbob writes:

Doesn't matter to me if he wears a dress and sings songs from Grease - suit up and play! July is a useless month for football, so this news is a great way to lead up to football time. GBO!

SouthDakotaBob writes:

YES!!! I have always loved hitters on defense.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kac2a_...

nocleats writes:

Be a leader~VFL

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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brandon james?

is that you?

did you ever find your jock strap?

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

If I put any stock in omens, I'd take this as a good one.

FlaVol2 writes:

Welcome back JJ!!!!

Willis writes:

58 DAYS TILL FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!!!!!!!!11

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Fulmer has been gone for almost 3 years now. It's really time to get over it. You guys pretending to be fans of rival schools are beginning to really look foolish.

orangebloodgmc writes:

Good news for the Vols ... always messes up John Adams' day.

Huttdawg100 writes:

I'd like to point out that he had a job, and he stayed out of trouble. That's a great thing considering our recent history with off the field incidents. Great to see JJ back!

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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lol what does that even mean? What are you talking about? I think it's time you log out of your 3 GVX accounts and get some sunshine. Staring at a computer all day is unhealthy physically and mentally (From the way you communicate, I'm thinking you might need to widen the doors at your house to get out for the first time in months haha)

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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WOW what a comeback! Utter trolling brilliance! What else do you have under that wife beater of yours? HAHAHAHAHA

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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HAHAHAHAH YOU didn't win anything. You sit in your room all day trying to annoy people to satisfy some psychological need that probably stems from lack of attention from your parents, you probably didn't even like Florida till after 2000, and once Florida is overcast by Miami and Florida State, you'll probably skirt away like the rest of your fan base.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have bars to roam and loose women to chase.

SEC1 writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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yea that's brandon james who burned ut with countless kickoff return td's while going 4-0 vs the vols... ha! ha!

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to SEC1:

yea that's brandon james who burned ut with countless kickoff return td's while going 4-0 vs the vols... ha! ha!

Don't you find it sad that you have (at least) 3 different accounts here? Is schizophrenia running rampant in Florida?

taylorsvolfan writes:

Put whatever this was behind you , keep your nose clean and let's play some damn football !!!!!

mountainbrook writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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You mean Zook II and Tubby?

drvol writes:

Sounds to me like you're working on the assumption that Janzen's deeply personal problem was caused by him. Lofty assumption, Adams.

SEC1 writes:

with or without "jj" vols are 6-6 at best maybe 7-6 depending on the results from the cinny game.

montana=w
cinny=pic em
gators= nothing new=l
buff=w
ga=l
lsu=l
bama=l
sc=l
mtsu=w
razorbacks=l
vandy=w....but close
kentucky=l.... close last second fg

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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no. this brandon james that got his clock cleaned by janzen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kac2a_...

BluezVol writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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Witch Doctor's D.ck -

Go away and call your wife - wherever she may be.

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to SEC1:

with or without "jj" vols are 6-6 at best maybe 7-6 depending on the results from the cinny game.

montana=w
cinny=pic em
gators= nothing new=l
buff=w
ga=l
lsu=l
bama=l
sc=l
mtsu=w
razorbacks=l
vandy=w....but close
kentucky=l.... close last second fg

with mike muschump and charlie and the chocolate factory as coaches the flar-duh gaturds schedule will be:

florida atlantic - W
UAB - W
Tennessee and Georgia split - W & L
Kentucky - W (like last year)
Alabama - L (like last year)
LSU - L (like last year)
Auburn - L (if you think MSU was tough at home...)
Vanderbilt - W (all the trolls admit vandy is back)
USC - L (like last year)
Furman - W
FSU - L (like last year)

6-6

Chick Bowl

UNC - W (close)

7-6

VolNationPride writes:

in response to SEC1:

yea that's brandon james who burned ut with countless kickoff return td's while going 4-0 vs the vols... ha! ha!

Countless kickoff returns? He had 1, I know you don't have much of an education, but I am sure you can count to one. Now if you meant punt returns, he had 4 total in his career, which is still not countless.

How is the Edmonton Eskimos working out? He playing nice with the other Florida NFL busts?

I will give you the 4-0 though, glad you have something to brag about.

MDiv writes:

Can't Stand Saban, where are you? This is the news you've been waiting for! JJ is back.

EarlThePearl writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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He meant this one. Somehow he stayed on the Team.

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20...

Bufforange00 writes:

montana= win
cincy= win
gators= pick em
buff= win
UGA-pick em
LSU-pick em
Bama= L
USC= L
MTSU= W
Razorbacks=L
Vandy=W
KY=W

Gators are down with new coach, UGA playing in Neyland, LSU very very good but UT has a knack of beating them when they shouldn't, BAMA and SC are the 2 of 3 best teams in the conf (with LSU), Hogs will be tough even without Mallett, KY will never beat UT again.

Bufforange00 writes:

UT anywhere from 6-6 to 9-3 reg season. Need more front seven depth and DLine size to compete for SEC

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to EarlThePearl:

He meant this one. Somehow he stayed on the Team.

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20...

nice work, earl.

university of flar-duh gaturds
"building championships on thug at a time"

GerryOP writes:

This place has turned into a cezzpool.

OrangeinCarolina2 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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You should have no problem finding your coaches. Just check out the buffet line at Golden Corral. Or maybe catch their show at SeaWorld. Free Willy. GO VOLS!

flatrock writes:

With the lack of depth at LB, why not move Jackson to OLB and turn him loose?...I believe the secondary will be solid without him.

agentorange writes:

the huge amount of trolls on this site must be a testament to the interest that the Vols create or the cheap abundance of meth in northern Bama.

OrangePsyched writes:

Who cares what the trolls think? Glad to have Jackson back. You can really tell it's getting closer to football season. Let the smack continue trolls.

UsoCRAZY writes:

in response to thetrollhunter:

HAHAHAHAH YOU didn't win anything. You sit in your room all day trying to annoy people to satisfy some psychological need that probably stems from lack of attention from your parents, you probably didn't even like Florida till after 2000, and once Florida is overcast by Miami and Florida State, you'll probably skirt away like the rest of your fan base.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have bars to roam and loose women to chase.

Good job Mr. jackson, I'm glad to see you've got your head on straight and I look forward to seeing you knock someone eleses off. Just watch the spears, that penalty is a B*tch.

Also, I have two heros now Janzen Jackson and Troll Hunter.

GO VOLS !

CCLC writes:

"Jackson has stayed in Knoxville after withdrawing from school in February. I'm not saying that the kid doesn't have some legit problems, but isn't this all a little too convenient?

It's actually just convenient enough that he didn't have to attend classes for 6 months and is now ready to fully rejoin the team. Wow, wasn't it a surprise that somehow they got their best defensive player back just in time for fall camp?" Just keep him out of fuel efficient Japanese cars and away from the Pilot.
just sayin'

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to GerryOP:

This place has turned into a cezzpool.

i agree Gerry, hard to read these days

voloffaith writes:

in response to osu2:

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Coach Tressel I'm glad that wasn't a problem 4u at osu. Guess what ewe don't know if that was his problem do you? Pile on and guess what that personal problem was since you don't know.....

RashaadSalabeb writes:

Glad to have you back, Janzen! We have had more than our fair share of bad luck. It's bound to be time for some good things to go our way. I'm wondering if there are any offensive players that could move to defense to help out the DL and LB depth. Anyway, I'm getting ready for some football. Let's get it on! Florida, Bama, Georgia, and the rest....you might get us and you might not. Either way the Vol Train is coming! You better tighten up those chin straps!

Go Vols! Let's kick some booty!

us43137415#376444 writes:

Hey Cantstandsaban, YOU WERE DEAD WRONG..JANZEN JACKSON IS NOT SITTING AT HOME MAKING A FOOL OF UT AND DOOLEY.. HE'S PLAYING FOR UT getting ready to score several touchdowns, which proves you're an idiot.

In fact, you're MORE of an idiot than you've given credit for. Does your doctor know you're off the meds?

Now, all we have to do is wait for skboy, lanekiffenfan and all the other racists to come forward and play the "thug" card.......

us43137415#376444 writes:

Hey Y'all.. Alabama's in trouble... again.

The #Tide administration is saying their athletic programs (including Nick Saban’s football team) violated what are known as “secondary” (minor) violations more than 40 times from July 1, 2009 through July 1, 2011. Among the list of sins are “impermissible transportation, entertainment, meals and lodging during two trips” and a player receiving “impermissible benefits” from an agent and “preferential treatment based on (his) status as a student-athlete.

FarmerVol writes:

in response to Orangeblood13:

i agree Gerry, hard to read these days

It is getting easier for me to read when 50% can be skipped because it has no value, even for entertainment purposes. Wisd there was a techie way I could star some of the posters names so I could skip over them faster. And I am happy JJ is going to give it another try. Perhaps sober, he can make better decisions.

trollhunter writes:

in response to SEC1:

yea that's brandon james who burned ut with countless kickoff return td's while going 4-0 vs the vols... ha! ha!

GTFL!!!!!

trollhunter writes:

in response to LaneKiffinFan:

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I TOLD YOU TO GTFO!!!! NOW GTFO, MTHR BTCH

trollhunter writes:

in response to LaneKiffinFan:

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The weight you will be carrying will be the whipping you will receive from me and my twin brother if you don't make like a tree and GTFO!!!!

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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Navalorange,

Listen my friend. As far as Jack Lail is concerned, we won't hear his input here about any of the trolls. I like Jack, but it's a little concerning isn't it?

The only time we hear from Jack is when "it's a free 7 day trial for GVX."

VolNExile writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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I know I'm spending a lot more time on Volnation these days. Not really my preference, because I like the posts by the real members here, but frankly, I'm a bit worn out by all the phooey here. (Note: "phooey" was not my original term.)

Whoever is allowing/ encouraging/ creating all the troll-ish behavior here might be seeing a backfire. KNS, don't forget about the law of unintended consequences.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to VolNExile:

I know I'm spending a lot more time on Volnation these days. Not really my preference, because I like the posts by the real members here, but frankly, I'm a bit worn out by all the phooey here. (Note: "phooey" was not my original term.)

Whoever is allowing/ encouraging/ creating all the troll-ish behavior here might be seeing a backfire. KNS, don't forget about the law of unintended consequences.

Exile and Navalorange,

Thank you.......both of you. Nice to read some intelligent people submitting intelligent material.

With that said, I'm outa' here for tonight.

Go Vols !

Juzkruzin writes:

in response to LaneKiffinFan:

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I for one wouldn't want Brown back. He was a Media Hype who couldn't live up to his expectations. He was the Scotty Hopson of the basketball team. Boys play High School football, men play college football. Bet Hopson had of listen to some people and got in shape, played some defensive, followed his 3 pointers (you know if it is going in when you shoot, like a homerun in baseball). He is expecting to go to Europe and become a star. He got another thought coming. Look at the draft this year 4 of the top six were not only eupopean players, but european citizens. Well maybe you will get $5,000.00 to sit on the bench. Hindsight 20/20 isn't it Scotty?

Mobbdeep4life writes:

I'm glad to hear that Janzen has enrolled in school. It will be advantageous to the defense to have an experienced secondary: J. Jackson, B. Brewer, P. Waggner and M. Teague. Add in Brian Moore, Coleman and Gordon then the secondary starts to look stable at least.
I don't know about the rest of you posters but I am ready for football. Starting to have withdrawal symptons (smh).

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