Monday, July 29, 2013
The SEC's best 25 players: No. 21
By Chris Low
Jarvis Jones made quite a name for himself in Georgia's 3-4 defense, and this next guy in our countdown has that same type of big-play ability.
No. 21: Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia, So.
2012 summary: Jenkins made six starts as a true freshman and finished second on Georgia's team with five sacks. He had 31 total tackles, including eight for loss. His 23 quarterback hurries were also second on the team behind Jones' 39. Jenkins received Georgia's Newcomer of the Year Award.
Most recent ranking: Not ranked in the 2012 postseason countdown.
Making the case for Jenkins: Just like Jones the past two seasons, Jenkins will play the role of disrupter in Todd Grantham's 3-4 defense. He's an excellent pass-rusher, and the kind of player who will draw double teams and open up things for other players. The 6-3, 246-pound Jenkins is also much more than just a pass-rusher and plays the run equally well. His eight tackles for loss tied with Florida's Dante Fowler Jr. for the most among SEC true freshmen a year ago. Look for Jenkins to rank among the league leaders this season when it comes to big defensive plays. He's already said that 10 sacks is his minimum goal, and he has the burst and overall skill-set to make a run at the 14 sacks Jones put up last season to lead the SEC. Jenkins was on the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award, and even though he's only played one year of college football, is poised to establish himself as one of the premier defenders in the league in 2013.
- No. 22: Craig Loston, S, LSU, Sr.
- No. 23: Andre Hal, CB, Vanderbilt, Sr.
- No. 24: Keith Marshall, RB, Georgia, So.
- No. 25: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida, Jr.