Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Jelani Jenkins leaves Florida Gators to turn pro

Florida junior LB Jelani Jenkins announced Monday he has decided to forego his final year of eligibility with the Gators and declare for the NFL draft.

He joins Gators S Matt Elam, TE Jordan Reed and DT Sharrif Floyd who last week announced they would not return for their senior seasons.

"Jelani informed me that he wishes to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL," Florida coach Will Muschamp said. "We wish him the best of luck and encourage him to return to Florida and complete his degree."

Jenkins played in 36 games at UF, with 31 starts. He had 182 tackles, 16.5 for-loss, six sacks and three interceptions. But this past season he played in just nine games (eight starts), with 29 tackles. Jenkins broke his thumb in the game against Texas A&M, and did not play in the Sugar Bowl because of a broken foot suffered in the FSU game.

With Jenkins' departure, Florida has just four returning defensive starters from the 2012 team. The Gators are still awaiting a decision by DE Dominique Easley on whether he will return.

Jelani Jenkins leaves Florida Gators to turn pro 01/07/13 [Last modified: Monday, January 7, 2013 3:48pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Blake Snell steps up, but Rays lose to Orioles anyway (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Blake Snell stepped up when he had to Monday and delivered an impressive career-high seven-plus innings for the Rays. That it wasn't enough in what ended up a 5-0 loss to the Orioles that was their season-high fifth straight is symptomatic of the mess they are in right now.

    Tim Beckham stands hands on hips after being doubled off first.
  2. Rays vs. Orioles, 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Orioles

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

  3. Rays journal: Sergio Romo excited for fresh start in AL

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Sergio Romo was about to play catch with LHP Adam Kolarek before Monday's batting practice when he paused.

    RAMOS EXITS: Rays catcher Wilson Ramos clutches his head after being beaned by Ruben Tejada’s broken bat in the fifth inning. Ramos leaves the game and receives six staples to close a laceration on his head.
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Monday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    LHP Blake Snell stepped up when the Rays needed him to — and perhaps when he had to to keep his job — working a season-high seven plus innings. And it wasn't only that he got deep into the game, but how he did so, using his fastball to pound the strike zone.

  5. Urban Meyer says the Big Ten is now the equal of the SEC

    College

    CHICAGO — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer doesn't just believe the Big Ten has closed the gap with the more heralded SEC. He is convinced the race is a dead heat already.

    Ohio State’s Urban Meyer says the Big Ten East is as strong as the SEC East was when he coached UF to two national titles.