Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said Wednesday that sophomore safety Janzen Jackson was back home in Louisiana dealing with personal family issues and wouldn't start practice with the rest of the team.
Dooley said he expects Jackson to be back in time to play in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 against North Carolina, but Dooley didn't offer a timetable for Jackson's return. Dooley did say that he fully supports Jackson in this situation and asked that everyone respect Jackson's privacy.
Jackson, a second-team All-SEC selection, was third on Tennessee's team this season with 65 tackles and also had four interceptions. He's played in 22 career games, and the Vols will definitely need his experience and productivity against the Tar Heels.
Dooley also announced that suspended cornerback Art Evans would not play against North Carolina and that his status would be re-evaluated after the bowl game.