Notebook: OLB Jordan Jenkins not flashy but gets job done for Bulldogs
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Jordan Jenkins’ stats in his second career start won’t get anybody excited. The freshman outside linebacker from Harris County – starting in place of injured All-American Jarvis Jones – finished with just two tackles and was credited for half a tackle for loss.
But defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was heaping praise on the young understudy afterward. He was particularly pleased about his actions on one play for which Jenkins was given no statistical credit.
Kentucky ran a reverse right with wide receiver Demarco Robinson on a critical drive in the fourth quarter. Jenkins stayed at home, Robinson had to turn up field and Alec Ogletree took down Robinson hard for a six-yard loss. The third-down play simultaneously took Kentucky out of field-goal and go-for-it-on-fourth-down range.
“Actually we ran that same play on him in practice and it wasn’t as successful,” Grantham said with a grin. “So we ran it again on Thursday and he played it like he did tonight.