Tennessee freshman quarterback Jauan Jennings “could face criminal charges,” according to WGNS Radio in Murfreesboro, which is Jennings’ hometown.
The possible charges stem from an incident where Jennings, according to the report, “allegedly assaulted an Oakland (High School) graduate and after damaging the car the teen was driving, took valuables from inside.”
Jennings, a 6-foot-4, 202-pound player out of Murfreesboro Blackman High School, enrolled at Tennessee in the spring semester and went through spring practice as a quarterback after several recruiting services viewed him as an “athlete” capable of playing multiple positions out of high school.
Jennings showed top-end athleticism during the spring, but admittedly struggled with his passing consistency and left the spring behind fellow early enrollee Quinten Dormady in most observers minds in the race to back up starting quarterback Joshua Dobbs. Four-star quarterback prospect Sheriron Jones will be joining the competition after enrolling earlier this month.
Tennessee hasn’t released any public statement on Jennings, but a team spokesman told WGNS that “we are aware of the alleged incident and are awaiting further facts from a fact finding body.”
Update: The Murfreesboro Post reported that charges against Jennings on the affidavit of complaint are assault, vandalism over $500 and theft of property over $500, facts that we’ve been able to confirm via sources close to the situation.