Jauan Jennings is entering his final season as a member of the Tennessee Vols football team.
Regardless of what happens in 2019, the wide receiver from Murfreesboro will go down as one of the most beloved Vols to ever play on Rocky Top.
That’s because Jennings, despite the incident near the end of the 2017 season that saw him briefly removed from the team, has been a bright light during a dark time for the program.
Jennings is responsible for some of the most memorable moments in recent years. His catch and run against Florida in 2016 when the Vols finally broke their losing streak to the Gators. The miraculous hail mary reception in Athens later that same season that broke the hearts of Georgia fans everywhere. Those are some tremendous moments that will go down in Vol history, even if the end-of-season results weren’t what UT fans were hoping for.
Beyond those moments, however, Jennings has been a source of energy for Tennessee. His passion and reputation for being a “dog” on the field has been refreshing during this time of turmoil. Jennings leaves it all on the field. It doesn’t matter if he’s trying to pick up a few extra yards after a catch or if he’s blocking for one of this teammates — he gives it everything he has.
And that’s because Jennings just genuinely LOVES football, which is something that his head coach pointed out on Friday.
Jeremy Pruitt on Jauan Jennings: “Jauan really likes football. He doesn’t like it. He loves it. He loves football. He loves the University of Tennessee. He likes to practice. He likes to play. He likes to be in the building. You love coaching guys like Jauan.” #Vols pic.twitter.com/wmlRpjEZAT
— WATE Sports (@WATESports) August 3, 2019
How can you not love hearing that if you’re a Tennessee fan?
The Vols are going to miss Jennings after this season. You can’t replace what he brings to the field and the locker room.
There’s no doubt that Jennings will always be a special figure in UT history. And rightfully so.
It doesn’t matter what the stats say, Jennings is one of the great ones to play at Neyland.
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