Another Tennessee player is arrested
The withdrawal of Janzen Jackson from school last week to deal with personal issues certainly was a big blow for Tennessee, as the safety was perhaps the best player on Derek Dooley’s squad.
The team’s secondary depth will likely be tested once again as the starter opposite Jackson, Brent Brewer, was arrested this weekend on domestic assault charges, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel. No details of the arrest have been made available at this time.
As a result of the arrest, Dooley has indefinitely suspended Brewer.
“Without knowing all the facts, any domestic incident warrants a suspension from all team-related activities until a thorough investigation is concluded,” Dooley said in a statement. “We respect everyone’s right to the legal process, but also acknowledge a greater standard of conduct associated with the privilege of being a member of the Tennessee football team.”
Prior to his first season in Knoxville, Dooley said he was embarrassed by the arrests and off-the-field issues that were affecting the team and said he vowed to change the culture of the Tennessee program.
Losing Brewer, who became a starter as a freshman midway through the 2010 season, for any amount of time will cripple the Volunteers defense.
The 6-2, 205-pounder was part of Dooley's first signing class after finishing his career as a pro baseball player. After five years away from football, Brewer played in every game for the Vols and was credited with 30 tackles, three passes defended and a fumble recovery.
Jackson’s return in 2011 is already in serious limbo, so it’s no wonder Dooley signed junior college defensive backs Byron Moore and Izauea Lanier. The way things are going now, they could both end up starting in the regular season opener.
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