Enrolling in school again was a big step.
But it's not the last one Janzen Jackson will need to make as he continues his return to Tennessee.
The progress the Vols safety has made in trying to get back with the program was clear when he was confirmed last week as a student at the university once again. But despite admitting some cautious optimism during an appearance Wednesday morning, UT coach Derek Dooley stressed that there's still plenty to do both on and off the field for the junior before he's officially in the lineup again.
"He's only been here, how long, three days now," Dooley said after a dedication at the UT Center for Athletic Field Safety. "So it's a little premature to say he's back. He's got a long way to go physically, he's still got a lot of things to do to stay a part of the team. Only time will tell if he's going to be our safety this year. I think it's a good positive step forward, but we're certainly not done.
"We're certainly better off today than a week ago, because he's in school and he's working out with the team. He hadn't worked out with our football team literally since the Music City Bowl (last December). It's been a long time away from the football team, and it's a good step to get him back - but we also can't forget he has been gone that long and it's going to be a long road back."
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