John Jenkins catches big air
October, 19, 2012
By Radi Nabulsi | ESPN.com
The Georgia defensive players held a meeting recently where they tried to clear the air and work on the issues plaguing a unit that returned all but one starter from last season and was ranked the No. 5 defense in the nation. Nose John Jenkins expects it to help.
“We had a tough loss against South Carolina, everybody knows,” Jenkins said. “But it is not the end of the world. We had a good practice today. Everybody has their head on right, and the practice showed today that everyone is moving right. As for myself, I need to be more of a playmaker. I need to be a better playmaker for the next couple games.”
With a defense loaded with playmakers, such as All-Americans Jarvis Jones and Bacarri Rambo as well as other talented players that will play on Sundays in the NFL, it is surprising to see that Georgia is ranked No. 50 in total defense so far this season.
“I can’t tell you what is wrong with the defense,” Jenkins said. “I really don’t think anything is wrong with the defense. I just feel that we need to be more in sync with one another and just play as a unit. Once we start playing as a unit, the sky is the limit.”
Jenkins is very familiar with the sky. Before he grew to the 6-foot-3, 358-pound behemoth that he is, the Georgia nose spent all of his free time sailing through the air on the back of a BMX bicycle. His passion for racing was all-consuming.
“I never played football when I was younger,” Jenkins said. “It was either basketball or BMX racing. Back then I was amazing. I ain’t going to lie. I will toot my own horn on that one. I didn’t lose. You can call my mom. If I [received] a second trophy I didn’t want it.”
Jenkins is now looking to get the Georgia defense back on track against Kentucky on Satuirday.
The top five freshmen in the SEC
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State