TWO BITS: Jenkins’ future, coaches adjusting

By Adam Silverstein
August 24, 2010

1 » It is no secret that Florida Gators junior cornerback Janoris Jenkins is already a top prospect for the 2011 NFL Draft – and he has not even played a down in the 2010 season yet. ESPN currently ranks him as the No. 10 overall draft prospect for next year, and Jenkins is aware that he could very well follow in Cleveland Browns rookie CB Joe Haden’s footsteps not only at Florida but also in the pros as well. Pahokee High School head coach Blaze Thompson told the Palm Beach Post Tuesday that Jenkins is “one of those guys that doesn’t accept the back seat and isn’t intimidated by many people. The NFL is his dream. If by the end of the year he’s slated as a first-round pick, I would say Florida’s losing a corner. It’s hard to pass that money up.” The Post’s Jason Lieser also points out something else interesting – that new Gators defensive coordinator Teryl Austin was dejected to learn that Jenkins was only a sophomore when he was evaluating defensive backs prior to the 2010 NFL Draft; he was looking at Haden, but Jenkins stood out to him on film.

2 » Though Florida’s coaching staff has changed drastically since last season, assistant head coach and defensive line coach Dan McCarney believes the current lineup is as good as ever. “I think they all come from phenomenal programs, good people, they are winners,” he said, according to Florida Today. “Most, if not all, have a great background with Urban Meyer, which makes it pretty unique. […] I’ve been on some great staffs. I think this one may be as good as any I’ve ever been around.”

Extra BIT » Remember when OGGOA told you that former Gators softball player and ESPN sideline reporter Jenn Brown had signed an endorsement deal with Icehouse? Yeah, that’s not going to happen. According to MillerCoors, which distributes Icehouse, ESPN decided to nix the deal even after they initially approved it when Brown’s agent broached the subject. Brown can now continue to enjoy her Coronas without having to worry about angering her sponsor.

3 Comments

  1. Gatorbuc15 says:

    If Jenkins is projected to be a 1st round pick, and decides to leave for the NFL after this season, I won’t be disgruntled by it at all. The decision he makes will be up to him and his family. No one else’s.

  2. Timmy T says:

    Agreed BUC. If you are told by those “in the know”, and you yourself believe you’re a first round pick, you absolutely have to go, IMO.
    The great thing as a Gator fan, Meyer knows he gets 3 years from the really good ones at best, with the occasional Spikes/Tebow guys that stay that senior year.
    As fans we can only hope a player will stay that last year, but we should congratulate them and encourage them to seek that better life they’ve dreamed of living, and sharing it with the ones they love.
    If its me, I’m cashing in for me and my peeps.

  3. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    CB is a position we haven’t had may high picks in the draft so if we could have someone go top 10 for two years in a row that is really an accomplishment and certainly can’t hurt recruiting!!!

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