Last season, star Tennessee WR Jauan Jennings was trying to work his way back from an injury when a profanity-laced Instagram video got him dismissed from the team.

When Phillip Fulmer took over as the school’s athletic director and Jeremy Pruitt was hired as the team’s head coach, though, Jennings was given a second chance.

On Monday, he said he’s grateful that the new regime in Knoxville had faith in him and said he’s learned a lot in the past year (via

“Being able to be with my brothers, that’s the most important thing to me,” Jennings said. “Getting that second chance to come back, that just means so much. I’m just thankful.”

Jennings said he “learned a lot” from the ordeal that cast his football future in jeopardy.

“It made me who I am today, obviously,” Jennings said. “I’m just grateful for that experience, because now I’m here back with this team.”

Jennings has caught 17 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns so far this year, snagging one of those touchdowns over the weekend against Auburn.

Having him back is a big boost for the Tennessee offense, and it sounds like Jennings is going to do everything he can to stay on the field.

Here’s another clip of Jennings talking about how much it means to play for Tennessee: