KNOXVILLE — Former University of Tennessee defensive back Janzen Jackson has enrolled at McNeese State and will play football for the Football Championship Subdivision Cowboys, the school announced late Friday.
Arguably the Volunteers' most talented defensive player, Jackson was dismissed by UT coach Derek Dooley last week for undisclosed reasons, though Jackson struggled with substance abuse during his tumultuous career.
“I would like to thank McNeese State for giving me the opportunity to come back home and continue my education and football career,” Jackson said in a statement. “I would also like to apologize to my family, friends and the University of Tennessee for the mistakes I have made. I realize how fortunate I am to get a second chance and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”
Jackson played his senior year at Barbe High School three miles from the McNeese State campus in Lake Charles, La., His father, Lance Guidry, played and coached at the school before taking a job at Miami (Ohio). Guidry is now the defensive coordinator at Western Kentucky.
“Obviously he's made some mistakes,” Cowboys coach Matt Viator said. “He has an opportunity now to come home and get a second chance. We decided to give him that opportunity. There's no question that we're trying to help the young man. I think that he is sincere in wanting a second chance. I think that he's sincere in wanting to be a part of this program.”
Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...