Jarvis Jones made the sack and forced the fumble of Missouri quarterback James Franklin Saturday that led to Georgia‚Äôs final touchdown, but Jordan Jenkins is the guy who chased down the ball and recovered it.
‚ÄúIt felt like time stopped,‚Äù said Jenkins, a freshman outside linebacker. ‚ÄúThe only thing I saw was me and the ball. I had planned it all out in my head. In the first quarter me and (linebacker) Josh Dawson were talking and I said, `I feel like I‚Äôm about to get a fumble or a pick six.’ I saw Jarvis coming off the edge and I was like, `Oh, yeah, it‚Äôs coming.‚Äô‚Äù
Jenkins recovered the fumble at the 5-yard line.
‚ÄúIf I would have got another step, I was diving in the end zone,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúI got to get that before the season‚Äôs over with.‚Äù
Jenkins had four tackles, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery in the game.
‚ÄúHe is very explosive off the ball,‚Äù defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. ‚ÄúHe has enough ability for a young guy that he can play multiple positions. He actually is doing that for us. I think he‚Äôs a raw talented guy who is only going to get better the more he plays so I think it‚Äôs important that we continue to develop him and play him because I think he can be a very special guy down the road.‚Äù
Jenkins, backing up both outside linebacker spots, is ‚Äúgoing to be part of the rotation somehow, someway,‚Äù Grantham said.
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