How far has nose guard John Jenkins come from last summer when he couldn’t get through his first preseason practice in the sweltering heat due to his conditioning?
Well, Jenkins was among Georgia’s mat drill standouts, earning a “Top Dawg” honor during the winter conditioning drills that the players went through after a year’s absence.
“I was kind of impressed by it because I was out for a while,” Jenkins said of a sprained shoulder he sustained in the Outback Bowl. “I have a better outlook of everything—conditioning, weight training and now it’s all mental.”
The 6-foot-3 Jenkins says he’s 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’s not where his role might end.
“We’re even using him at fullback a little bit because he’s so big,” quarterback Hutson Mason said Thursday. “He knows tight end really well since he’s been here for so long, so he’s 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’s back there if you’re going to get smacked in the backside. He’s 280 pounds, and he’s grumpy.”
Earlier, Lynch said he’s being moved around in different formations including as an H-back, considered a hybrid of a fullback and tight end.
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