Looks Like Jauan Jennings is Back with the Vols

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    Jauan Jennings’ Instagram profile has provided us with plenty of stories over the past two months. But his latest post is likely to excite Vol fans more than any of his previous ones.

    According to Jennings’ post on Thursday night, it appears as though he’s back on Tennessee’s football roster. There has been no confirmation from head coach Jeremy Pruitt or the University of Tennessee, but you can see Jennings’ post below:

    Multiple reports came out earlier this week that Jennings was expected to be reinstated to the roster soon. And it looks as though those reports have turned out correct.

    If you recall, Jennings was dismissed from the Vols prior to Tennessee’s game against Vanderbilt after he posted a video of a profanity-laced tirade to his Instagram account that called out Tennessee’s coaching staff. Jennings was dismissed by interim head coach Brady Hoke, and Athletics Director John Currie signed off on Hoke’s decision to kick off the junior receiver.

    But both Hoke and Currie are gone, and it appears the people in their place are willing to give Jennings one more shot.

    Pruitt is now the Vols’ head coach, and former coach Phillip Fulmer is now the AD. Pruitt himself said in a press conference last week that Jennings and Fulmer had met and that he planned on meeting with the receiver himself in the near future.

    If Jennings’ post is accurate, it appears all parties have met and have come to an agreement to let Jennings back on the team.

    Jennings only caught three passes for 17 yards in the 2017 season before a wrist injury in the second quarter in Tennessee’s season opener sidelined him for the rest of the season prior to his dismissal. But Jennings was a big play-maker in 2016, hauling in 580 receiving yards on 40 catches and scoring seven times. Jennings made two of the biggest catches of the Vols’ 2016 season, burning Florida cornerback Jalen Tabor for a 67-yard touchdown in the second half of Tennessee’s win over the Gators and then caught the game-winning Hail Mary against Georgia the following week.

    The Vols need play-makers in a big way on offense heading into the 2018 season. And Jennings would be the most reliable and consistent one on the roster as long as he’s truly reinstated.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.