Standout safety Jackson withdraws from UT

By Josh Mosley

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee sophomore safety Janzen Jackson has voluntarily withdrawn from school for personal reasons.

Volunteers coach Derek Dooley says the team will support the Lake Charles, La., native as he addresses personal issues and that his absence from school is temporary. Jackson would still be eligible to compete if he enrolls at Tennessee for the fall semester.

Jackson finished the 2010 season with 69 tackles and a team-high five interceptions.

Dooley dismissed freshman linebacker Jerod Askew for a violation of team rules and also said freshman defensive back Ted Meline permanently withdrew from school for personal reasons while junior center Cody Pope will not return to the team for medical reasons.

Dooley has reinstated junior defensive back Art Evans, who was suspended indefinitely on Nov. 5 for an unspecified violation of team rules.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.