Not with Vanderbilt players but with Commodore fans.
“I really changed the way I did my little pregame stuff,” Jenkins said. “The first thing I did when I got off the field after the coin toss, I looked into the crowd to the group of Vandy fans and I remember saying, ‘This is my house! This is my house!’ That got them fired up and they kept talking trash to me the whole game. I was just getting excited, getting fueled off that and getting hyped to the music they were playing. I was locked in that game.”
Jenkins, a senior outside linebacker, was so locked in he had a career-high 11 tackles to go along with two sacks and five and a half tackles for loss.
He said he exchanged words with fans like he did Saturday when he was in high school at Harris County and in 2012 at Missouri.
“That’s just why I love away games so much,” he said. “That hostility just fuels even more. I love when people talk trash. I like practicing in a way to where I want somebody to get mad and try to fight me because that’s going to make me get mad and even practice harder.”
Of course, Jenkins’ antics could draw a dangerous response. He said a fan threw two cups of ice at defensive lineman Ray Drew at Missouri.
Jenkins doesn’t need to find fans to get him going this week, he said.
“Knowing South Carolina, I’m pretty sure one of the linemen will talk enough trash to get me going,” he said.