Can Vols WR Jauan Jennings rise above setbacks from checkered past?

Jauan Jennings

Tennessee’s most controversial player would have to be redshirt junior wide receiver Jauan Jennings.

He’s also one of their most talented.

Jennings was kicked off the team by interim coach Brady Hoke last November following an expletive laden Instagram rant pointed at the Tennessee coaching staff. He was allowed back on the roster by new head coach Jeremy Pruitt.

Even before that error in judgement, Jennings was rarely allowed by Tennessee’s Sports Information Department to meet with the media. I don’t see that changing very much in 2018, especially not with Pruitt’s limited access policy for reporters covering the team.

Jauan Jennings is the big play threat the Vols missed so much in 2017. Jennings broke his wrist at the end of the first half of the season opener against Georgia Tech and missed the rest of the season.

No matter what he does for the rest of his college career, Jennings will hold a special place in the hearts of Tennessee fans. The Murfreesboro native’s fourth quarter touchdown catch against Florida gave Tennessee a lead they would never relinquish in 2016, and his Hail Mary grab at Georgia the same season are two of the most memorable plays for Tennessee in recent memory.

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(Mark Nagi is the author of “Decade of Dysfunction: The Road to Tennessee’s Crazy Coaching Search,” which takes an in-depth look at the ten years of frustration that led to a revolt by Vols fans after UT attempted to hire Greg Schiano as its head coach in 2017)

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