August 13, 2009

Jackson Pushing For Playing Time

Often in these first few weeks of August you don't even need a roster to identify freshmen on the practice field. They'll usually be just a shade skinnier than the veterans, will typically be a quiet, a little wide-eyed and more often than not will be the ones on the field struggling the most with reads and assingments. But you'd have a hard time making an ID on freshman Janzen Jackson using those criteria.

Jackson--the No. 15 player in the nation in the 2009 class according to Rivals.com--became a credible candidate to earn some early playing time the moment he picked Tennessee in a surprise post-signing day announcement. The first week of fall camp has done nothing but reinforce the assessment that he'll be one of the first freshman Vols to see action this fall..

He was the first freshman to start earning occasional first team reps with the defense in fall camp, a development that speaks volumes about his ability and the coaches' assessment of his talent.

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