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Safety back with Vols after five-month break

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee safety Janzen Jackson spent the past six months dealing with some tough issues. The toughest was not being around football.

The junior said Monday that he's glad to be back on the field after a five-month break to deal with what he said were personal issues and family problems.

"I didn't think I was gone, but I thought there was a slim chance that I wouldn't come back because I had to get some things in order," Jackson said. "For me to get back out here on the field I had to take care of some stuff, but I'm definitely happy to be back out here."

Jackson withdrew from Tennessee in February and re-enrolled in July. He said he was diligent about lifting weights and maintaining his conditioning program. He met with coach Derek Dooley frequently.

"We've had a lot of one-on-ones, not as coach to player but just as an older guy trying to help a younger guy," Dooley said. "I'm glad he listened. It took him about 28 meetings, but on the 29th he started listening."

Jackson made 69 tackles and a team-high five interceptions in 2010. He is expected to be a key part of the deep and experienced secondary.

Longhorns suspend safety: Texas senior safety Christian Scott was suspended from the team after being arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault with bodily injury.

An Austin police spokeswoman says Scott was arrested Monday morning near his apartment after officers responded to a call about an assault. The charge is a Class A misdemeanor, which brings a maximum of one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000.

Scott started 10 games last season and had 53 tackles and one interception.

QB race continues at Arkansas: Bobby Petrino has made it clear all summer the starting quarterback position is up for grabs at Arkansas.

The Razorbacks coach insists that's still the case, even after junior signal-caller Tyler Wilson was selected by his teammates as one of six team captains.

Wilson is the presumed favorite ahead of sophomore Brandon Mitchell in the race to replace the departed Ryan Mallett, but Petrino won't name either one the starter until they first earn the job on the practice field.

"They know it's a competition at the quarterback spot," Petrino said. "They know it's a competition at every other spot out there.

"I think Tyler being named captain shows that the players respect his work ethic and how much he's put into the offseason and spring and summer and the leadership he's shown to the other players."

Wilson has the experience on the field after filling in for an injured Mallett at Auburn last season, throwing for 332 yards and four touchdowns. He also has the look of a starter off it, organizing offseason workouts this summer.

boosters pursue public records: Attorneys for North Carolina football boosters are seeking public records on the firing of coach Butch Davis as they consider taking legal action against the school. Matthew J. Dixon of Elizabethtown is one of five attorneys representing boosters frustrated by the university's dismissal of Davis a week before training camp. Dixon says those boosters helped fund the Kenan Stadium "Blue Zone" expansion project based on the comments of public support for Davis from chancellor Holden Thorp.

Basketball: LSU forward Matt Derenbecker, who started 16 games as a freshman last season, is withdrawing from school for reasons related to his performance in the classroom. His father, John Derenbecker, said his son is academically eligible to continue playing for the Tigers, but has struggled to meet "personal standards" as it relates to his course work. The 6-foot-7 Derenbecker averaged 6.5 points in 32 games last season, with a season-high 19 against Mississippi.

Safety back with Vols after five-month break 08/08/11 [Last modified: Monday, August 8, 2011 11:22pm]
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