KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee junior safety Janzen Jackson
says he's glad to be back on the football field after a five-month break from school to deal with what he said were personal issues and family problems.
Jackson withdrew from Tennessee in February and re-enrolled in July. He says he was diligent about lifting weights and maintaining
his conditioning program during the break so that he would be in
good shape upon returning.
The Lake Charles, La., native says he thought there was a chance
he wouldn't return to school and thanked his coaches and teammates
for their support as he addressed his issues. He did not specify
what those issues were.
Coach Derek Dooley, who met with Jackson frequently during the
period, says he feels Jackson is "in a good place" right now.