UT's Dooley dismisses talented, troubled defensive back

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 2:29pm
Staff reports

Safety Janzen Jackson has been dismissed from the University of Tennessee football team, head coach Derek Dooley announced in a release from the school sent on Wednesday.

Jackson, who reportedly failed multiple drug tests, left UT in February and then re-enrolled in July.

“Our program has devoted a tremendous amount of energy, resources, support, and care in an effort to help Janzen manage his personal challenges,” Dooley said. “I will always be there to help him as a person, but there comes a time when a player’s actions preclude him from the privilege of playing for the University of Tennessee football team.

“Although I’m disappointed with this outcome, we will never compromise the long-term organizational values and goals we maintain here at Tennessee.”

Jackson, a junior from Lake Charles, La., also ran into trouble as a freshman in 2009. He was suspended for three games, two for his part in a failed armed robbery attempt with a couple teammates.

Jackson made 22 starts in 23 games played and tied for the team lead in interceptions with five in 2010. He also led the Volunteers’ secondary last season with 69 tackles, earning All-Southeastern Conference Second Team honors. The 6-foot, 187-pounder finishes his career at UT with six interceptions, 15 passes defended and 106 tackles.

3 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 8/24/11 at 12:50

I feel sorry for the young man but maybe he will "wake up". He's got to think; his adult life is just beginning. What road is he going to go down?

By: JohnGalt on 8/24/11 at 1:20

Attempted armed robbery and numerous failed drug tests. What took so long?

By: dwight14 on 8/24/11 at 1:37

it took so long because he was at cheater u....always in the news about players getting arrested from drugs to stealing...the reall azzh*le of the sec