Update on Eligibility of Players: Tennessee, Alabama & LSU

Tennessee Safety Jansen Jackson:  8/24/2011 Derek Dooley announced that troubled Tennessee defensive back Janzen Jackson was dismissed from the Volunteers football team.  How this impacts them?  Jackson was third on the team in tackles last year (first out of all defensive backs) and tied for first on the team with 5 interceptions.  This could open up Tennessee’s passing defense for potentially more attack, although there isn’t much more room to expand against their passing defense which faced an average of 34 passing attempts per game last year.  Furthermore, according to Dooley, they are deep at the defensive back position.

Alabama Wide Receiver Duron Carter:  8/24/2011 According to Nick Saban Carter’s eligibility for this season after transfering from Ohio State is still unclear, “We still don’t know. “Until we get the information back on Duron Carter, which I haven’t heard anything on compliance (Tuesday), we do have a few more days to be able to get this done.” Carter played for Ohio State in 2009 but was forced to transfer to Coffeyville Community College after the season due to academic issues.  He is the son of former NFL receiver Cris Carter, who also attended Ohio State and after retirning from the NFL became an analyst with HBO and now ESPN.  How this impacts Alabama?  The Crimson Tide receiving unit still has Marquis Maze and Darius Hanks, but can use all of the help it can get in replacing Julio Jones.  Redshirt freshman DeAndrew Jones also will be added to the mix this year so if Carter can’t play or get into camp early enough to learn the offense it won’t be critical.  But with a new quarterback, any help he can get in terms of gaining chemistry with his receivers would be beneficial.

LSU‘s Four Brawl Players:  8/24/2011 According to CollegeFootballTalk.comRandy Rosetta of TigerSportsDigest.com reports that quarterback Jordan Jefferson was not directly involved in the bar fight.  Rosetta cites unnamed individuals close to the LSU program as the source for that information.”  And while no arrests or charges have been made or filed, no one has been cleared either.