“I knew what I was doing no matter what and my folks wanted to make the right decision,” the outside linebacker. “They care about me a lot and they wanted to show me everything. They realized how committed I was.”
Jenkins said he did not get back an NFL draft grade, but agents talked to his parents through the process.
Jenkins said he wanted to have a senior season and “have a whole another year of getting better and working with the coaches and just perfecting my craft.”
He said the Tennessee game—when he had two tackles for loss, a sack and five tackles—opened his eyes to what he could do with another year working with the coaching staff.
Jenkins is third on the team with 66 tackles and has nine and a half tackles for loss and four and a half sacks.
Coach Mark Richt announced last weekend at the team’s senior gala that Jenkins “most likely” would return.
He also announced that night that another outside linebacker, third-year sophomore Leonard Floyd, was returning.
“I was slightly shocked,” Jenkins said. “As the season progressed, I was maybe 60-40 on him leaving.”
Bowl trip comes with gift cards for players
Tis the season for players getting bowl gifts.
Georgia is giving its players a Visa gift card ($361) and a commemorative football (valued at $39).
The Belk Bowl offers up a $100 bowl watch and a $450 Belk gift card that players will be able to use on the night of Dec. 26 at the department store’s flagship store in Charlotte.
Yes, there will be an expanded Big & Tall section as well as electronic displays.
“I need some new clothes and a nice watch so I’ve been on the web site looking at stuff,” offensive tackle John Theus said. “I don’t know how much time we have there and I know that store is going to have some kind of sale, 20 percent off. I’m trying to get bang for my buck. Have a little second Christmas for myself.”
This and that
Louisville has sold about 6,000 of the 8,000 tickets that it was allotted for the Belk Bowl, according to a team spokesman
Several Georgia players--including quarterback Hutson Mason, receivers Chris Conley and Michael Bennett - had a busy day Friday. They took part in graduation ceremonies in the morning and were on the practice field late in the afternoon.
Fullback Taylor Maxey was practicing Friday in a non-contact jersey for an undisclosed injury.
Georgia held its third bowl practice in as many days, all in full pads. On-campus bowl practices wrap up Saturday morning.