For the second straight summer the Tennessee football program enters fall football camp, which begins Aug. 4, with a lot of unknowns.
This is the second straight fall camp that the Vols will report to in Knoxville under a new head coach.
There are several questions surrounding the program and new Head Coach Derek Dooley. We have decided at InsideTennessee.com to attempt to be a little like David Letterman and do our own Top 10 Countdown to the major storylines that are likely to unfold this fall for Volunteer fans and supporters.
We will do this feature for the next 10 days, taking a look at the top storylines that we may see this fall. Please realize this story is the opinion of the author and doesn't reflect the overall feelings of InsideTennessee.com. This is to help stimulate conversation and discussions in the Rocky Top News forum.
Coming in at No. 10 is:
Answer: True sophomore Janzen Jackson has proven that he can handle the safety and free safety position on this football team. His hard hits and his athletic ability are hard to question. Even Berry himself said that Janzen has the potential to be better than him.
Not so fast.
While he has displayed a lot of potential on the field of play, Janzen hasn't accomplished what Berry did during his career at Tennessee. It's not to say he won't or can't but he still has a lot to prove.
Berry was the complete package. He was consistently good on the gridiron and a team leader on and off the field. There is not much doubt about what Jackson can accomplish on the field but can he stay out of trouble off of it?
His true freshman season off the field was well documented when he accompanied Thelma (NuKeese Richardson) and Louise (Mike Edwards) during the great Pellet Gun Adventures at a local Pilot convenience store near campus.
While Jackson was cleared of any legal wrongdoing, there is no question he was guilty of bad judgment and he missed some football games last fall because of the incident.
With a new coaching staff Jackson hopefully will have a fresh start. It's the hopes of this writer and probably all of Vol Nation that Jackson lives up to his potential on and off the field. He comes from a solid and upstanding family, and his father is a college football coach.
Let's hope he does have a Berry-type year on and off the field. All Vol fans are hoping for that to happen.