Dooley dismisses safety Jackson from Tennessee

Janzen Jackson won't be playing for Tennessee this fall after all.

The Volunteers safety, who returned to school for the second session of summer classes after being away from the team since February because of personal issues, was dismissed from the football team by head coach Derek Dooley on Wednesday.

Janzen JacksonICONSafety Janzen Jackson is no longer part of the Tennessee football program.

"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."

When the junior defensive back returned to school this past summer, it was supposed to be a huge boost for the Vols, especially because of the personnel issues the team had dealt with throughout the offseason on defense.

The Vols' best defender, Jackson made 69 tackles and tied for the team lead with five interceptions en route to earning second-team coaches’ all-SEC honors in 2010.

But Jackson apparently didn't fit into Dooley's plans for the 2011 season.

Prentiss Waggner, a 6-2, 181-pound junior, is the most likely candidate to take over Jackson's spot in the defensive backfield.

UPDATE: According to ESPN.com's Chris Low, Jackson battled substance abuse issues during his career in Knoxville and failed multiple drug tests. One has to wonder if these demons were too much for Jackson to overcome, leading to his eventual departure.

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