Who Me?… Vols Jauan Jennings on Talking Trash


The receiving corps should be a big strength for Tennessee this fall.
They return four seniors, including Jauan Jennings.
Jennings is never one to back down from a challenge.
Thursday he tried to dispel his reputation for talking smack, although I’m not sure the media members were buying it.

Reporter:”When guys talk to you on the other side of the ball. Does that juice you up or fire you up?”
Jennings:”What kind of talk. What kind of talk?”
Reporter:”Like trash talk.”
Jennings:”I don’t know. there’s going to be some trash talking, but that’s what players do. I love it. Personally I love it.”
Reporter:”Are you most likely to start the trash talking?”
Jennings:”No sir. (laughter) I don’t trash talk at all.” (laughter)
Reporter:”So you’re saying nobody is on your level in terms of trash talking?”
Jennings:”Like I said. I don’t trash talk.” (laughter) “What is trash talking?”
Reporter:”Do you consider yourself the alpha male of the receivers?”
Jennings:”I’m the alpha male anywhere I go.” (laughter)

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.