Jenkins, a native of Hamilton, played in all 14 games as a true freshman last season, starting six, and received the team's Newcomer of the Year Award. The 6-3, 246-pound Jenkins finished with 31 tackles, including five sacks and eight tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Only All-American Jarvis Jones finished with more sacks (a school record 14.5) for the Bulldogs than Jenkins in 2012.
Jones, now with the Pittsburg Steelers, was one of five finalists for the award in 2012 and was also a finalist in 2011.
The Bulldogs start the season with a non-conference matchup at Clemson on Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. ABC will televise the game from Memorial Stadium.