2014 Miami Hurricane Position Preview: Safety
Miami will open the season in the not so distant future, and to help you prepare for what is sure to be a great year, we are back to preview each position on the team. We will let you know who is back, who is new, and how each player projects for the 2014 season.
Junior - S - 6'1 208 - St. Petersburg, FL (Admiral Farragut Academy)
Jenkins started 12 games last year, and had 46 tackles and 3 INTs. Very quietly the best season among any of the safeties on the roster.
Has good size, tackles well, and covers a decent amount of ground in coverage. Was also a star hurdler in H.S. so also brings good athleticism to the position.
Missed spring camp to recovery from injury. When healthy, will have to fight off Jamal Carter & Dallas Crawford to pair with likely starter Deon Bush, but figures to see plenty of action whether as a starter or reserve.
Summary: To be brutally honest, S was one of the worst played positions on the field for UM last season. Lots of missed tackles and blown coverages/misplayed balls plagued the D last year. Now suddenly with Bush healthy, the progression of Carter, and Crawford's conversion to defense, the position suddenly looks pretty deep. Jenkins brings good experience, and the best "free safety" skills to the table though. Carter and Bush's pure talents will be hard to keep off the field, but in third and longs Jenkins is the guy I would look for to play the center field role most often. 3 more picks and continued sound tackling from Jenkins would be a welcome site for UM fans.
Stay tuned for more player profiles as we count down to Labor Day Vs Louisville.