Janzen Jackson withdraws from Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/utsports.com) -- A day after it was announced that defensive line coach Chuck Smith is leaving Tennessee, safety Janzen Jackson is doing the same.

Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley announced Monday evening that the sophomore safety has voluntarily withdrawn from the 2011 spring semester for personal reasons.

“We are continuing to support Janzen as he addresses his personal issues during this temporary withdrawal from school,” 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 personal well-being.”

Additionally, freshman defensive back Ted Meline has permanently withdrawn from school for personal reasons, and linebacker Jerod Askew has been dismissed for a violation of team rules.

Dooley also announced that junior defensive back Art Evans has been reinstated, and junior center Cody Pope will no longer participate in football for medical reasons.

Jackson, a native of Lake Charles, La., earned Coaches’ All-SEC Second Team honors in 2010 and finished last season with 69 tackles and a team high-tying five interceptions. Meline, from Miami, Fla, did not appear in any games for the Vols in 2010. A native of Chesapeake, Va., Askew appeared in one game for the Vols last season, in the fourth quarter against UT Martin.

Evans, from Lakeland, Fla., appeared in seven games for the Vols in the secondary (six starts), recording 21 tackles and one forced fumble. Pope, from Julian, Calif., started the first two games of the season before missing the remainder of the 2010 campaign with a stinger injury. He appeared in six games for the Vols on the offensive line during his career.


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