With Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jarvis Jones continuing to nurse a sprained ankle and with his status for Saturday's game becoming increasingly bleak, freshman linebacker Jordan Jenkins has been preparing in practice to earn his second career start and, at the very least, a significant amount of playing time.
"If he doesn't play, if he plays hurt a little bit, I don't know which it's gonna be," Jenkins told The (Macon) Telegraph on Wednesday. "But I'm trying to get ready, and if he is out I'm gonna try to hurry up and get some sacks, get to his level, to get past him before he comes back."
Jones (who was named an All-American last season) and Jenkins (who was ranked as the sixth best linebacker in the class of 2012 by Rivals) have developed a friendly rapport on and off the field. The two linebackers are in the midst of a friendly competition to see who can finish the season with more sacks.
Through six games, Jones (5.5) holds a slight lead over Jenkins (three). But should Jones miss Saturday's game against Kentucky, Jenkins plans to take full advantage.