Tennessee wide receiver Jauan Jennings will miss the first half of the Vols’ yet-to-be-determined bowl game due to a suspension from the SEC.
The suspension, which came from conference commissioner Greg Sankey Wednesday night, stems from an incident with three minutes left in Tennessee’s regular season finale against Vanderbilt at Neyland Stadium.
In a statement, the SEC said the suspension is a result of a “flagrant personal foul.”
Jennings stepped on the face of Vanderbilt punt returner Justice Shelton-Moseley, who had lost his helmet when Jennings tackled him into the Vols’ sideline. In its statement, the SEC said it reviewed video of the incident.
According to the SEC, the suspension is consistent with NCAA Football Playing Rule 9-6-2: “If subsequent review of a game by a conference reveals plays involving flagrant personal fouls that game officials did not call, the conference may impose sanctions prior to the next scheduled game.”
In response to the suspension, Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer issued the following statement:
“Commissioner Sankey shared his perspective on the actions in question, we had a long conversation about the matter, and we will honor the suspension. Jauan has been nothing but outstanding for our team and program this entire season.”
Jennings leads the Vols in receptions (57), receiving yards (942) and receiving touchdowns (eight). He ranks fifth in the SEC in receptions and receiving touchdowns and sixth in receiving yards.
Tennessee (7-5) is bowl eligible for the first time since 2016. The Vols will find out their bowl destination on Sunday.