Jenkins won't play in Senior Bowl
Former USF cornerback Mike Jenkins, projected as a first-round selection in April's NFL Draft, has opted not to participate in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., this week, USF sports information director Chris Freet said Monday night.
It's unknown why Jenkins chose not to play in the senior showcase game, though it's not uncommon for potentially high draft picks to not play in such games. Two top quarterbacks, Boston College's Matt Ryan and Louisville's Brian Brohm, also changed their mind after committing to play in Mobile. Just before Christmas, he told Times correspondent Brendan Galella that the game was important: "I just have to play awesome in the Senior Bowl and run one heck of a 40 (yard dash) and let it go."
ESPN.com's Todd McShay had identified Jenkins as No. 2 on his list of "five defensive players who must live up to the hype." According to McShay's current mock draft, Jenkins would have been the highest projected pick playing in Mobile (projected as 7th pick overall); 10 current first-rounders from his mock are on the current Senior Bowl rosters, led by USC defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis (9th overall), UNC defensive tackle Kentwan Balmer (10th) and Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson (14th).
Former USF linebacker Ben Moffitt is listed on the Senior Bowl's South team roster and is expected to play. Cornerback Trae Williams and defensive tackle Richard Clebert represented USF in last week's East-West Shrine Game in Houston.