University of Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley has dismissed defensive back Janzen Jackson from the football team.

No specific reason was given by Dooley in a statement, which indicated that the junior had been dealing with personal problems.

"Our program has devoted a tremendous amount of energy, resources, support, and care in an effort to help Janzen manage his personal challenges," said Dooley. "I will always be there to help him as a person, but there comes a time when a player's actions preclude him from the privilege of playing for the University of Tennessee football team.

"Although I'm disappointed with this outcome, we will never compromise the long-term organizational values and goals we maintain here at Tennessee."

Jackson had appeared in 23 games with 22 starts in his first two seasons with the Volunteers. He tied for the team lead with five interceptions in 2010 and led the Tennessee secondary with 69 tackles.