Jenkins Kept Green in Check

Janoris Jenkins saw the tendencies on film. He knew what Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green wanted to do. The rest would come down to execution if he were going to hold down one of the top wide receivers in the country.

And he did just that.

"I played what he likes to run," Janoris Jenkins said." He likes to run the post, so I played that and reacted to everything else."

Green caught four passes for 42 yards and one touchdown. At the half, Green had one catch for seven yards. Though three quarters, he had two catches for 12 yards. The junior broke through on a game-tying drive in the fourth quarter, as Green made two receptions for 30 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown that tied the game at 31.

One-on-one coverage was what Jenkins wanted. He played it against Green for most of last year's game, too.

"It's a big challenge," Jenkins said. "I just go out and play like I do every week with a chip on my shoulder."

The challenge of taking on arguably the best receiver in the country is what Jenkins wanted. He had two weeks to watch film of Green, plus their matchups over the past two years to take into account.

"I was pretty excited all week," Jenkins said. "My coach was telling me I had a big challenge this week."

Jenkins didn't waste time putting his mark on the game. During the first play from scrimmage, Jenkins jumped a short pass from Aaron Murray to Green and intercepted it. The play only happened from the film study.

"I knew they were going to try and go deep, so I was looking for the post," Jenkins said. "Then he ran a little curl, so I jumped the curl."

The Florida secondary recorded three interceptions of Murray. Besides Jenkins' interception to start the game, Will Hill also had two. The second of Hill's interceptions came during Georgia's first and only drive of overtime. He almost ended the game by returning it for a touchdown, but Hill stepped out of bounds at the Georgia 4-yard line before diving in.

"Coach Meyer talks about finishing strong all the time," Jenkins said. "I felt like I had an opportunity to block, so I tried to get him in the end zone."

Hill had two interceptions, but he added a third on a two-point conversion for the Bulldogs early in the fourth quarter. For a safety that has struggled all season, it served as a breakout game.

"Earlier during the year, he had some ups and downs," Jenkins said. "He came out and played like a Florida Gator free safety. He made big hits, got turnovers and returned one for a big amount of yards."

The Gators got the ball at the Georgia 25-yard line to start their possession in overtime. It came down to Chas Henry, the punter turned field goal kicker. Henry's first miss Saturday raised his streak to four-straight misses.

However, that didn't waiver the confidence of the team's shutdown cornerback.

"I felt pretty strong because he'd been kicking good all week in practice," Jenkins said. "I didn't have any doubt (he would make it). He'd been kicking well all week, so why would I have any doubt?"

The locker room after the game was described multiple ways. The players often used the phrase "emotional." There were tears of joy and from losing the weight of a three-game losing streak.

"It's guys just coming up and talking, sharing what's on their heart or how they feel," Jenkins said. "We all played as one unit and with each other."
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