Georgia freshman linebacker Jordan Jenkins made just his second career start on Saturday and had the unenviable task of replacing All-American Jarvis Jones, but Jenkins filled in well according to Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
Jenkins finished with just two tackles against Kentucky, but Grantham said he did some things that don't show up in the stats and played well enough for Georgia to win. Grantham singled out a play in which Jenkins held contain on a reverse, which led to a tackle for a six-yard loss. Grantham said they ran the play against Jenkins in practice and at first he failed, but learned from his mistake and made the play in the game.
While Grantham was quick to praise Jenkins, saying he has a tremendous future, Jenkins himself was not as happy with his performance.
"Well, the first half was not good for me," Jenkins said, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "The first play I got my neck cut up. The second play I thought I had a stinger and the third play I got my ankle rolled. I couldn't set the edge well because I didn't want to hurt my ankle."
The Bulldogs may need another strong performance from Jenkins on Saturday as Jones is questionable to play against Florida as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.