If Berry leaves college early he is practically a shoe-in for a top 10 pick in the 2010 NFL draft. Should that happen Tennessee shouldn't see much of a drop off from Berry to Jackson.
"It's going to sound crazy, but there's actually some things that he does better than Eric sometimes," said Lane Kiffin during his Tuesday press conference.
Not many true freshmen get the luxury of learning from arguably one of the most talented defensive players in the nation. Janzen Jackson is lucky enough to do just that.
"He is like my tutor on the field. When I don't know something on the field he'll let me know. And off the field as well, he'll let me know things I should look out for. So he is kind of like a big brother out there," said Jackson.
You couldn't ask for a better big brother on the football field. Berry leads the Volunteers with 24 tackles and is on the verge of shattering the NCAA interception return yards record, with only 15 yards to go.
As Berry's understudy Jackson is stepping up to the learning curve in a hurry for Volunteers. In just his second start Jackson recorded a personal best 6 tackles against rival Florida.
"Very impressed, he didn't give up any plays down there. I believe he graded higher than me. I told him he did much better than I did in my first game. He has a bright bright future," said Berry when asked of the true freshman's performance in the Swamp.
Berry said it's not often that teammates grade out higher than him. Berry also added that the two feed off each other and are constantly competing. And the competition shows, both laid bone-crushing hits in Gainesville.
Not only does Kiffin have high hopes for Jackson, Berry himself believes that Jackson could surpass his prominence as a Volunteer.
"I wouldn't be surprised if he passed me as a DB here, cause he has that much talent," said Berry.
Anyway you slice it Big Orange Country is in for a treat this season while watching these two drive each other to a spectacular season in the Tennessee secondary.
JANZEN JACKSON! Doesn't quite have the same ring as Eric Berry, but Tennessee fans might want to practice the chant for future reference.