ATHENS - John Jenkins admits he's never quite sure if he's fully completing his job during games on Saturdays.
It's not until after film review on Sunday that Jenkins, Georgia's 6-3, 340-pound nose tackle, sees he's taking care of his duty – commanding double teams from opposing offensive linemen.
"There's bodies everywhere," Jenkins said. "I just try to beat the man in front of me."
Jenkins was one of the Bulldogs most heralded recruits in the 2011 signing class. A junior college transfer, the Meriden, Conn., native was thought of as guy who could make an immediate impact.
But his emergence took time. His first start came against Tennessee in the sixth game of the season. Since then, he's been a mainstay in the lineup.
"I think he's getting more confident and more comfortable in the scheme," said defensive line coach Rodney Garner. "I think he's getting a better understanding of the defense. I think that's showing in his style of play."
Nose tackles like Jenkins aren't always judged on a statistical basis. Drawing double teams is the objective. In doing so, Jenkins added a career-best four tackles against Georgia Tech last week.
"I've been trying my best not to let anybody down, including myself," Jenkins said. "I won't say I'm the man up front, but I do say I'm still trying to help the team win."