published Monday, February 7th, 2011, updated Feb. 7th, 2011 at 8:41 p.m.

Jackson withdraws from UT

Star safety's future uncertain

KNOXVILLE - Safety Janzen Jackson has withdrawn from the University of Tennessee due to personal reasons, UT officials confirmed Monday night.

Jackson, considered the Volunteers' best defensive player, missed most of the practices in December leading up to the Music City Bowl for personal reasons as well. His future with the program is uncertain.

“We are continuing to support Janzen as he addresses his personal issues during this temporary withdrawal from school,” UT coach Derek Dooley said in a release. “While he would still be eligible to compete if he enrolls this fall, nothing is more important than Janzen's well-being.”

Jackson's withdrawal wasn't the only roster move from Monday night. Center Cody Pope (medical), defensive back Ted Meline (personal reasons) and linebacker Jerod Askew (violation of team rules) are no longer with the program. Cornerback Art Evans, who was suspended at the end of last season, is back with the team.

More details as they develop online and in tomorrow's Times Free Press.

about Patrick Brown...

Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...

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