Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt confirmed that senior receiver Jauan Jennings is officially back with the football team today. Jennings — who missed most of last season with an injury — was booted off the team during the final week of the regular season by interim head coach Brady Hoke. Hoke announced on Nashville’s 1045 The Zone that Jennings had been dismissed and former AD John Currie had signed off on it.
It was a strange situation considering Hoke’s status as the interim, but Jennings is going to be given one more chance.
NEWS: Tennessee wideout Jauan Jennings is officially a member of the team again but will miss spring practice due to minor knee surgery. The senior is expected to be ready to go for fall camp.— Jesse Simonton (@JesseReSimonton) March 9, 2018
“He’s part of the team, but we’re giving him an opportunity to do what he needs to do to have success in the future,” Pruitt said. “He has a list of things that he’s got to do and he knows what they are, and he’s in the process of doing them. And it’s hard not to do them if you’re not a part of the team.”
There’s zero doubt that Jennings will be walking a very thin line for the remainder of his time at Tennessee.
The other part of the news is that Jennings will miss spring practice with a knee issue. He is expected to be ready to go by the fall, however.
Jennings adds another legitimate threat to Tennessee’s offense — one that badly needs playmakers. With Jennings now in place alongside of Marquez Callaway, the Volunteers actually have a pretty nice group at receiver. Their production, of course, will be tied to the quarterback position, which is still very much in flux at this moment.
Whoever wins that quarterback position will at least have a couple of dynamic threats to throw to.