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Leonard Floyd's impact felt when healthy

ATHENS - Leonard Floyd was recognized as a Butkus Award finalist this week, but another Georgia outside linebacker also drew mention this week from the coach preparing his team for Saturday’s game against the Bulldogs.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said Floyd probably is a first-round draft pick if he turns pro. He also said senior Jordan Jenkins has really stepped up his game.

“I think his senior year he’s playing better than he’s ever played,” Johnson said.

Jenkins has four sacks after having five each of the past three seasons. His 10 and a half tackles for loss are one and a half shy of his career high despite missing one game and being limited in two others due to a hip/groin injury.

“I just feel like when I was healthy this season, I’ve played the best I’ve ever played in my career here,” Jenkins said. “I’ve just got to keep focusing on staying healthy the rest of the season, the last two games.”

Jenkins had a career-high 13 tackles against Georgia Southern, including teaming with Floyd on a fourth-and-1 stop in overtime.

“He played so good, down the stretch, especially,” coach Mark Richt said. “He’s healthy again, he’s playing hard as he can. You take about a guy that wanted to win a game, really every game, but this last game he really wanted it bad and helped his teammates by his passion and fire. Even halftime you could see it in his eyes. He had a few things to say to the boys to get them going again.”


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