|01-07-2013, 06:43 PM||#1|
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Florida LB Jelani Jenkin's To Enter NFL Draft
An injury-plagued season hasn't kept linebacker Jelani Jenkins from being the latest Florida player to decide to bypass his final season for the NFL.
UF announced on Monday that Jenkins would not return for his redshirt senior season. He joins tight end Jordan Reed, safety Matt Elam and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd as early entrants. The deadline to declare for the NFL draft is Jan. 15, and players have until Jan. 18 to withdraw.
"Jelani informed me that he wishes to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL," UF coach Will Muschamp said. "We wish him the best of luck and encourage him to return to Florida and complete his degree."
Jenkins' announcement is a surprise because the coaching staff was expecting him to return in 2013.
The 6-foot, 237-pound Jenkins missed four games this season because of a broken finger and broken foot, and also was bothered by a hamstring injury.
He had 29 tackles, two sacks and one interception. He also returned a blocked punt for a touchdown with two seconds remaining to give the Gators a victory over Louisiana-Lafayette.
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