How far has nose guard John Jenkins come from last summer when he couldn‚Äôt get through his first preseason practice in the sweltering heat due to his conditioning?
Well, Jenkins was among Georgia‚Äôs mat drill standouts, earning a ‚ÄúTop Dawg‚Äù honor during the winter conditioning drills that the players went through after a year‚Äôs absence.
‚ÄúI was kind of impressed by it because I was out for a while,‚Äù Jenkins said of a sprained shoulder he sustained in the Outback Bowl. ‚ÄúI have a better outlook of everything‚Äîconditioning, weight training and now it‚Äôs all mental.‚Äù
The 6-foot-3 Jenkins says he‚Äôs in the 340- to 345-pound range this spring.
Arthur Lynch is hoping to fill a void left at tight end by the departures of Orson Charles and Aron White, but that‚Äôs not where his role might end.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre even using him at fullback a little bit because he‚Äôs so big,‚Äù quarterback Hutson Mason said Thursday. ‚ÄúHe knows tight end really well since he‚Äôs been here for so long, so he‚Äôs learning fullback, just seeing how he handles it. As a quarterback, you always want some guys in the backfield that are going to be able to protect and pick up the blitz. You never worry when Artie‚Äôs back there if you‚Äôre going to get smacked in the backside. He‚Äôs 280 pounds, and he‚Äôs grumpy.‚Äù
Earlier, Lynch said he‚Äôs being moved around in different formations including as an H-back, considered a hybrid of a fullback and tight end.
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