Their Tennessee careers never panned out as expected. Neither did their second chances.
That didn't stop Janzen Jackson and Bryce Brown from entering their names into consideration for the NFL draft. Jackson and Brown were among a record-setting 65 underclassmen to declare for the draft, which is set for April 26-28. The previous high was 56.
Jackson, a highly regarded safety who was dismissed from UT last August and transferred to McNeese State in his hometown of Lake Charles, La., played in seven games for the Cowboys in 2011. He switched over to cornerback, the position he is projected to play at the professional level, and picked up 23 tackles, two interceptions, four pass breakups and also forced a fumble.
A former five-star prospect, Jackson played in 23 games at UT, racking up 106 tackles and six interceptions as a legitimate stopper at the back end of the Vols' defense. Off-field issues, though, were a common problem and ultimately led to his dismissal.
Brown, projected in the preseason as an all-Big 12 first-team running back at Kansas State, left the team in September and recently withdrew from the school. He carried the ball just three times for 16 yards.
At UT, Brown ran for 460 yards and three touchdowns as a true freshman in 2009. He sat out the 2010 season after a messy divorce from Derek Dooley and the Vols.
According to NFLDraftScout.com, Brown is listed as the 24th-best running back and a potential seventh-round pick. Projections for Jackson's future are hard to find.
The Vols have not had a player leave early for the NFL draft since former safety Eric Berry did in 2009.