Gator LB Jelani Jenkins cleared to play vs. LSU
Florida junior LB Jelani Jenkins has been cleared to play in Saturday's game against LSU, which could bring a serious boost to the Gators' defense.
"Jelani Jenkins should be able to play in the game,'' Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "After looking at him the last two days in non-contact, I feel very good he should be able to go.''
Jenkins broke his thumb in the first half of the Texas A&M game and has not played since.
Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said Jenkins' return will be a welcome addition.
"Certainly having Jelani back is going to add a lot of value for us,'' Quinn said. "One, from an experience standpoint, where he’s played the position and been in it. Two from an ability to cover. He’s a guy that we certainly match up well when we do our nickel stuff and he’s a good blitzer, so it’s good to have him back. Been pleased with the work that Mike and Bo have done. It’s added value to them as well. So we’re excited to have Jelani back.''
Jenkins will play in a cast, but Quinn said it's difficult to tell how that will affect his play.
"I think the more they have it on, you kind of get used to it,'' he said. "It may be harder the first time you go out and practice and now, ‘How do I do this without?’ But I think he would absolutely take it over not playing. So it’s good to have him back.''