KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 15: Jauan Jennings #15 of the Tennessee Volunteers fails to pull in this reception against Anthony Averett #28 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Former Tennessee WR Jauan Jennings releases first statement since dismissal


Former Tennessee wide receiver Jauan Jennings thanked Vol fans in an Instagram post on Saturday, three days after his sudden dismissal from the team.

Thank you @vol_football for everything. I love all my seniors from the bottom of my heart. Killing me minute by minute second by second.... Definitely will miss my VOL NATION the most !!!! Y'all are the S**T!!! #VFL

Jennings went on a rant during an Instagram Live post on Wednesday in which he criticized the Vols' coaching staff for apparently preventing him from playing in Saturday's game against Vanderbilt after sitting out the majority of the season with a wrist injury, while making a plea for the next coach to be "honest."

Here's a transcript of Jennings' video:


(Warning some language is NSFW)

"Please send us a great coaching staff."

"I'm leaving. I'm going back home. (In response to his status for Saturday's game against Vanderbilt."

"I was practicing to play against Vanderbilt...I can't stand those b*****s, each and every one of them. Real deal, trying to come back but you got some lying ass coaches. Lying ass b*****s."

"Bring us a coaching staff that is honest and we'll do everything for everything that will do for the kids."

Sources told SEC Country that there was no previous report of Jennings making his return from injury on Saturday. The junior wide receiver sat in the stands at Neyland Stadium during last week's loss to LSU.

Jennings suffered the injury during the second quarter of Tennessee's 42-41 overtime win over Georgia Tech in Week 1 and was originally expected to miss up to 12 weeks of action due to a dislocated wrist, according to

On Friday, Tennessee WNML's Jimmy Hyams detailed Jennings' transgressions throughout the season in a blog post for the station's website on Friday, two days after the former star wide receiver was kicked off of the team.


"He is a talent with a bad temper. He is an athlete with an awful attitude," Hyams wrote. "He didn't come to practice. He didn't go to the weight room. He didn't rehab in the training room. He didn't attend most games. Some teammate, huh? He also didn't consistently go to class, putting his eligibility in question. Jennings was gone so long from the team, Tennessee cleaned out his locker, believing he had quit, sources said."

Jennings was the Vols' leading returning receiver with 40 receptions for 580 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016. He emerged as a favorite among Vol fans after recording a big touchdown during the team's win against Florida, as well as a 43-yard Hail Mary touchdown to defeat Georgia last season.