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Ole Miss vs. Georgia: Jordan Jenkins flourishing at inside linebacker

Improved play helps Georgia's defense in victory over Florida.

Kevin C. Cox

Jordan Jenkins had two tackles, one tackle for loss, and one quarterback hurry in Georgia's upset victory over Florida on Saturday. By doing so, he gained a good bit of praise from his linebacker running mates Amarlo Herrera and Jarvis Jones.

"I see the potential he has and I see the plays that he makes and I just get on him about little things," Herrera told the Athens Banner-Herald. "I just want to see him make bigger plays because he’s capable of it."

Jenkins provided crucial quarterback pressure against Florida. And the primary benefactor was Jones, who had three sacks, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries against the Gators.

"I got him up under my wing," linebacker Jarvis Jones said. "I told his parents I was going to take care of him if he came here and that’s what I’m trying to do."

On the year, Jenkins has 19 tackles and 13 quarterback pressures. His three sacks rank second on the Georgia defense.

"He’s been great at being where he’s supposed to be and he still has provided pressure coming off the edge," Georgia coach Mark Richt said.

Jenkins was satisfied by his effort and pleased by the words of his teammates. "I finally got praise from Amarlo and that’s a hard thing to do," he said.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.